Vice President, PGAV Destinations
SATE panel: The Architecture of Engagement
Al Cross continues to create designs in a wide variety of building and project types, giving him an impressive and varied background. Trained with an emphasis in design, Al brings his aesthetic sensibility to each endeavor in a way that allows him to produce beautiful places and great results, even under the pressures of modern project delivery methods.
Some of Al’s proudest work includes Georgia Aquarium, Discovery Cove and Chinelong’s Ocean Kingdom. Georgia Aquarium was full of ‘firsts,’ ranging from the first overhead river exhibit to the largest live reef tank in the world and the first exhibit of whale sharks in the western hemisphere. “It was very rewarding to be able to display the beliefs of PGAV, which is to create exhibits that capture people’s hearts first and minds second, on a grand scale.”
Al has a multitude of strengths he developed throughout his career which has given him the advantage of being able to represent the designer and the manager at the same time, helping him solve a broad range of issues. He is also a skilled communicator that can lead a group to success. Al likes to make each job fun not only for us, but for the client as well. “I think that our attitude and perspective is something unique about PGAV that each of our clients enjoys and appreciates.”
Al received his Master of Architecture in 1979 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri before becoming a Licensed Architect in the state of Missouri in 1982. Al is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has been active in his community.