J. Austin Bell
Senior Director and Development Manager
J. Austin Bell has over 31 years of design, development, and construction management experience with specialized knowledge in large complex mixed-use projects. His unique skill set, and problem-solving aptitude combined with his architectural and construction knowledge makes him highly qualified as a development manager. Austin is a registered Architect and spent the first 15 years of his career working for nationally recognized Architectural firms, Smallwood Reynolds Stewart and Stewart Associates, Wakefield Beasley & Associates and Thompson, Hancock, Whitty & Associates. He spent the past 16 years on the Owner’s side of the table working for nationally and internationally recognized Development Companies, Propst Development, Regent Partners & Tishman Speyer Properties. Austin managed Tishman Speyer’s Atlanta Design and Construction team for 10 years prior to Tishman Speyer’s exit from the Atlanta market. Before joining the Drew Team, Austin was instrumental in setting up Propst’s Nashville office and start-up of their mixed-use Development in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Austin has managed or been involved with the design and construction of several marquee projects in Atlanta and across the United States. Projects such as The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Westin Savannah Harbor Hotel & Resort in Savannah, The Buckhead Grand in Atlanta, Tower Place Two Hundred in Buckhead, The Westin Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando, Poinsett Plaza Office Tower in Greenville South Carolina and the Department of Veterans Affairs Building in San Diego California to name a few.