Teri Canada AIA, LEED AP, NOMA
Principal | Co-founder
Teri is a fervent advocate for exceptional architectural design within each community she has served. For over 20 years, she has thoughtfully and efficiently guided award-winning projects from pre-design through construction administration. As a Project Manager, she carefully guides key stakeholders through the development of esteemed projects for their communities by crafting a unique design process for each of her clients. For Teri, coupling her ability to communicate design ideas with meaningful community engagement is essential to her role in the design process.
Teri's talent for leading the architectural design process has been recognized and celebrated throughout her career. After graduating from North Carolina State University. She became one of the first five African American women to become a Registered Architect in the state of North Carolina. In 2007, Teri joined the Freelon Group and rapidly advanced to Senior Associate as a result of her exceptional client management skills. After serving as Lead Project Manager on award-winning projects like the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Emancipation Park, she was selected to participate in Perkins+Will's Leadership Institute and appointed to the firm's Diversity Council.
As an insightful mentor to young architects, Teri shared her personal and professional experiences as a minority architect during the 2015 National Organization of Minority Architects conference as a seminar panelist. She has also shown her commitment to her community as a Preservation Durham Executive Board Member, a Durham Rotary Club Member, a Minister for Stephen Ministries and a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Durham.