Anthony Cissell graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art & Design, where he earned a Masters of Architecture, and was awarded the Alpha Ro Chi Bronze Medal from the National Fraternity for Architecture and the Allied Arts. . He now practices as a senior associate at a nationally recognized, Savannah-based urban design and civic architecture firm working extensively in nationally registered historic districts. His work includes civic design, master planning, and architectural design, emphasizing historic research, urban analysis, and community-wide engagement. Mr. Cissell has played a key role on numerous projects that have been recognized by over twenty-five awards, including three international Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism, awards from the American Planning Association, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and two National Honor Awards for Urban Design and Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.
In addition to his practice work, Anthony holds a position as Professor of Architecture at SCAD, with a focus on graphic and written communication in the building arts. Anthony has focused his research and practice on the development of sustainable urbanism and civic architecture, inspired by Savannah’s internationally recognized model of urban design.
In the course of his research and professional practice Anthony developed an interest in the beauty and care with which historic city maps were made, and the stories they tell of cities growing and changing over time. Much of that sense of art and craft was lost in the latter half of the 20th century, as digital mapping tools took over this one-time art. These tools produce maps that are technically informative, but convey none of the beauty of our urban places. In 2012, using the traditional hand-drawing techniques that he employs in his professional practice, he started documenting Savannah's public spaces with the goal of producing hand-drawn maps of modern Savannah, in order to leave behind a record of Savannah’s urban character at the dawn of the 21st century.