Colline Hernandez-Ayala
Principal, Perkins&Will

B.Arch, Syracuse University, 1989

Colline joined Perkins&Will’s Atlanta studio to lead its Urban Multifamily/Mixed-Use practice in the U.S. Southeast. In her leadership role as a principal, Hernandez-Ayala will focus on planning and design for mixed-use residential development projects—a specialty she has honed over the past three decades.

Colline is known for her collaborative work style and ability to build consensus among the diverse stakeholders involved in each project. Her design solutions seek to deliver dynamic and inclusive communal living experiences that reflect the urban environment and embrace the existing physical, historical, and social context of each site.

Successful completed projects range from small urban infill work to large-scale planned unit developments which include affordable housing, market rate and mixed-income residential, senior living, and workforce and student housing.

She began her career in Chicago as an architectural designer working on high-rise commercial structures followed by several years developing her skills at two prominent minority owned firms. Later, she and two colleagues founded JH Design Group, which focused on affordable housing, retail and commercial projects.

A married mother of two, she is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, African American Real Estate Professionals, and the Urban Land Institute, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (a community service organization.) In recognition of her various career successes, she was honored in 2017 with the school’s Chancellor’s Citation for Distinguished Achievement in Architecture.