Al, as he is known, is the founding principal of Cheatham, Fletcher, Scott, and has practiced architecture for more than 30 years. Originally from Welch, West Virginia, he completed business school at the University of Virginia in 1964 and began a business career in Augusta at C&S National Bank, which he continued later with the Robinson Humphrey Co. During this period, Cheatham came to realize architecture was his most compelling interest. So, he returned to the University of Virginia for a degree in architecture in 1973. Al’s first practical experience came through working in firms in New York City, Savannah and Augusta prior to starting his own firm in 1979. While studying architecture at the University of Virginia, he was constantly surrounded by the classical works of Thomas Jefferson, which instilled in him a deep appreciation for traditional architectural forms. Throughout his career, Al has applied these principles to modern construction in designs such as the Westminster Day School, the Episcopal Day School, the Augusta Museum of History, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.