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Celebrating Ann Somers

March 29, 2018


It’s a bittersweet day here at CDFL, as we bid adieu to Principal Ann Somers as she transitions into a new chapter of her life. Ann has been a fixture at CDFL for nearly three decades, beginning her career here in 1989. Her professional history is remarkable, having worked on a multitude of projects in a multitude of settings. Ann’s attention to detail is second to none, and her kindness, warmth, and positivity make her a client favorite. She is creative and thoughtful, and her designs are a direct reflection of how well she listens to her clients’ goals for their space.

Beyond the walls of CDFL her contributions to the architecture world and the community of which she is a part are immeasurable. She was the 2003 Mississippi State University School of Architecture Alumna of the year, the 2004 Mississippi AIA President, and 2008-2009 President of the North Jackson Rotary. Ann is also involved in the Sierra Club’s Mississippi Chapter and the National Audubon Society, and, closer to home, is a alumna of Leadership Jackson and a major supporter of CARA.

“The special gifts that Ann provides will make our world a better place to live. She’s already made CDFL a better place to work, and I know her drive to serve the community will continue to make a difference,” said Rob Farr, CDFL President. “Her commitment to excellence has always provided the highest quality design for her clients, and she’s so skilled in finding the elements that define a project and excite the spirit. To say she and her smile will be missed is quite the understatement.”

Ann, we are so grateful for your commitment to CDFL and your dedication to the community. We are all better for having worked alongside you, and can’t wait to see what you do next. We know whatever it is, it’ll be spectacular.

If you’re wondering whether or not you’ve ever seen an Ann-designed space, here’s a sampling of the work she’s done over her career at CDFL:

Bree’s Dog Park
Woolfolk Building addition and expansion
Woolfolk Building renovation
Alcorn State University Math and Science Building
William F. Winter Archives and History Building
Blue Cross Blue Shield campus expansion
Blue Cross Blue Shield main building renovation
Sillers Building interior renovation
Mississippi College School of Law addition and renovations
BancorpSouth Madison branch
BancorpSouth Capitol Street branch interior renovation
Phelps Dunbar LLP interior renovation
Brandon Medical Clinic
University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Short Stay addition
UMMC School of Medicine Simulation Center
UMMC Space Allocation Study
Casey Elementary School addition and renovation
Murrah High School math classroom addition
Dr. A.H. McCoy Federal Building Renovation
Highland Village renovations
MDOT headquarters renovation
Saint James Episcopal Church addition and renovations
United Methodist Foundation Mississippi headquarters
Two Mississippi Museums interiors planning