School Founders


Tiffany Green-Abdullah, M.Ed, PMP


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


Tariq is the visionary and Co-Founder of TCAAD. Mr. Abdullah is the principal architect of Tarchitects LLC, the architectural and design build 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. He hosts Design Fellowships for architecture students as a concentrated effort to help propel them into their design careers. He has also developed other instruments to help expose inner city youth to architecture and design as a viable career path. Some of these include award winning youth architectural workshops, high school architectural curriculum and after school programs with the next evolution being TCAAD. Mr. Abdullah is a registered Architect with a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy. He also continued his formal education at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Executive Education program in Designing 21st century libraries. Mr. Abdullah has a fluent command of Arabic, written and spoken, and has a verbal command of Wolof. Mr. Abdullah served as Director at Large on the board of the Detroit chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Mr. Abdullah is a founding member of the NOMA Detroit, and currently Chairs the TCAAD Board.