School Founders

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Tiffany Green-Abdullah, M.Ed, PMP

co-founder

Tiffany is a visionary leader in education technology, design education as well as community development. She was the first recipient of the Masters of Education in Education and Technology from Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University. She also received a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Vanderbilt.  Mrs. Green-Abdullah is the Assistant Director of Learning Community Development at Georgia State University within the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Director of Digital Learners to Leaders, a program funded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Cisco Social Responsibility. Mrs. Green-Abdullah began a career at GSU as a Project Manager in Information Technology in 2011.  Mrs. Green-Abdullah is the Co-Founder of The Community Academy for Architecture and Design aka TCAAD (t-cad). TCAAD is the first elementary architecture and design thinking school in the nation.  Mrs. Green-Abdullah has a strong efficacy in writing, technology, and developing culturally responsive learning programs leading to STEAM career pathways.   Mrs. Green-Abdullah is the founding advisor to PantherHackers, a student organization focused on developing a culture of technology problem solving at GSU. She began the Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy speaker series at CETL in 2016. She presents on a variety of topics including culturally relevant pedagogy, Hip-Hop in Education, developing socially conscious digital leaders, creating STEAM career pathways and innovating as an intrapreneur.  Mrs. Green-Abdullah and Mr. Abdullah, live in Stone Mountain with their 3 children. If  Mrs. Green-Abdullah could do anything else she would be acting, writing, directing and producing television shows and movies that show the world the beauty of marginalized cultures and communities.

Tariq Abdullah, AIA, NOMA

Tariq Abdullah, M.Arch, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, NFPA, AAII

TCAAD Visionary, Co-Founder, Governing Board Chair

Tariq Abdullah is the Principal Architect, and CEO of TARCHITECTS, the architectural design firm he developed to provide architectural solutions that seek to maintain and enhance the urban environment, particularly as it relates to education. Serving as the bridge between the architectural and social fabrics of communities is part of Mr. Abdullah's life work. Mr. Abdullah is a philanthropist. He seeks to be a benefactor within every community he is a part of. Most of his works as a philanthropist are done through the Tarchitects Foundation for Architecture and Design, his architecture firm's tax exempt nonprofit. He hosts internship opportunities regularly at his firm, and offers Design Fellowships for both architecture students, and recent graduates from the architecture programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Savanna College of Art and Design, and Kennesaw State University. The later of which is where he continues to give back, and remain connected to academia by serving as an adjunct Architectural Design Studio part-time professor. Mr. Abdullah of course is a Registered Architect (RA), and is a distinguished member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). He has received multiple awards for his works in the industry by both AIA, NOMA and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) as early in his career as 2005 and as recent as 2019. The AAF labeled his youth architectural program curriculum “A program of national distinction”. In addition to running his firm (the successes of which over the past 11 years can be summarized by quoting him… “making my client’s dreams come true”), his foundation’s (Foundation/Tarchitects.org) has developed the nation’s first primary school for architecture and design-thinking. The Community Academy for Architecture and Design (TCAAD). Learn more about the school by visiting www.tcaad.org

Mr. Abdullah is a registered Architect with a Master’s degree in Architecture (M.Arch) from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is a proud product of the award winning, internationally recognized, and community-driven Detroit Collaborative Design Center. He has continued his formal education at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, through the study of 21st century library design. which comes only second to his passion and expertise in the design of charter schools. Mr. Abdullah is an alumni of the African American Islamic Institute of Senegal, West Africa. Mr. Abdullah has a fluent command of Arabic, written and spoken, and has a verbal command of Wolof. Mr. Abdullah served on the board of the Detroit chapter of NOMA and is a proud founding member, as he is a native Detroiter. Upon transitioning to the Metro-Atlanta, GA community in 2008, he served on the board of the Atlanta chapter of NOMA. Mr. Abdullah is a certificate holder with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. This certificate affords Mr. Abdullah to practice as an architect in 55 US jurisdictions, Australia and New Zeeland, Canada and Mexico upon reciprocity. Mr. Abdullah’s favorite color is “Mahogany Brown”. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in welcoming the internationally significant, architect and scholar, Mr. Tariq Abdullah, AIA