Margaret Gilchrist Serrato, PhD, MBA, AIA, ASID, LEED AP


With over twenty years of research and design experience, Margaret Gilchrist Serrato has a special focus on creating high-performance working and learning environments. Margaret's education in architecture, interior design and environmental psychology, enhanced by a PhD in architecture, culture and behavior and an MBA enables her to provide comprehensive and dynamic strategic planning for a wide range of clients. Her specialties include team workplace design, alternate workplace planning, visioning, branding, sustainability design, post occupancy evaluation, and workplace wellness.

Margaret's professional design experience includes principal level positions at Lord, Aeck & Sargent and tvsdesign. Her publications include a co-authored chapters on Post Occupancy Evaluation in "The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice", and Work Team Effectiveness in "Facility Design for High-Performance Teams", as well as articles on high-performance workplace design in the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, CoreNet Leader, Business to Business, and Architectural Products magazine.

Margaret's speaking engagements include presentations and workshops at SCUP, CoreNet, IFMA, TFM, NeoCon, and Workplace Freedom Dubai.

Margaret has served on the Board of the Atlanta Girls School, currently serves on the Brenau Interior Design Advisory Board, and is managing director of the Jose Carlos and Margaret Serrato Foundation.

Raised in Columbus, Georgia, Margaret attended Brenau University, the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the City University of New York. She also completed a Strategic Facility Planning program at Harvard University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Her teaching experience includes Converse College, the University of Georgia, and Brenau University where she currently teaches a Graduate Studio in Interior Design.

Tour of Atlanta Buildings: What's Next for CRE

Led by Strategic Workplace Architect Margaret Serrato, PhD, MBA, AIA, ASID, LEED AP.