Mr. Dickinson founded BDA (originally Ford Dickinson AAC) in 2002 and has been president of the company since its inception. He offers more than 36 years’ experience in all aspects of architectural practice from site analysis and programming through construction. Mr. Dickinson’s focus is to maintain our architectural practice where good design is paramount with projects that serve and support the users as well as improve and enhance the community where they exist.
Having worked previously with Mr. Dickerson at another firm, Mr. Zabala joined BDA in 2014 as a Senior Project Manager. In his 13 years of practice, his work has encompassed a wide array of project types including corporate and governmental office buildings, high-end residential, multi-family residential, cultural centers, primary and secondary educational facilities, and historic preservation. Mr. Zabala takes pride in the lasting personal relationships he has developed with clients, consultants and contractors, which is a testament to the manner in which he manages each project through team building in order to achieve positive results. Ray has a strong commitment to the principles of sustainable design.
Mr. Zabala is a member of AIA New Orleans, AIA Louisiana and the Council of Education Facility Planners International.
Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Holford joined BDA in 2016 as a Project Manager/Architect for several private commercial projects. Upon moving to Louisiana shortly after completing his degree, he worked for various firms prior to establishing his own practice in 2008. Mr. Holford has experience with a wide variety of building types ranging from high-end residential to large commercial and public projects. His expertise in the concurrent management of multiple projects provides for great depth of experience across many project types. Mr. Holford is also a blues musician, having performed frequently in the Baton Rouge area.
Mr. Kennedy’s foray into Architecture is his second career after working twelve years in the Equipment and Technology Engineering Management field for Intel Corporation. His mechanical and technical background complements his architectural skills through his meticulous attention to detail in the development of design and construction documents. Mr. Colm’ interest in architecture and his wife’s family brought him to New Orleans and Tulane University where he earned his Masters of Architecture. He has since worked in various positions and is currently working on his licensure.
After graduation from Tulane in 2014, Ms. Creim joined BDA and is actively pursuing her licensure. Having interned while seeking her degree, Ms. Creim has practical architectural experience in master planning, interior design, residential design, code research, and production of construction documents. Libby is an ardent bicyclist and founded an informal Tulane alumni booster club as a means of maintaining and developing professional contacts and continued learning.
After graduation in 2014, Mr. Geiman moved to New Orleans, joined BDA and is actively pursuing his licensure. Mr. Geiman was a member of winning teams that competed in the Solar Decathlon 2011 at the University of Maryland and Construct 2013 at the University of Tennessee. He was also a team member on the Federal Grant for Health and Emergency Preparedness (2014) for Clay County, KY at the University of Tennessee and worked as part of a grant from TVA for sustainability as part of EnergyRight Solutions for Higher Education in 2013. Mr. Geiman, immediately proved himself a productive team member in project design and construction document productions.
Phillip is an accomplished classically-trained pianist and composer, taking 1st place (2004) in the state chapter of the National Music Teachers Associations for composition. He played soccer for AYSO (1998-2004) and served as a volunteer referee (2004-07).