President & CEO
Maria Guerra-Stoll is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of GSB Architects & Interiors, Inc., an Atlanta based full-service Design Firm that provides Planning, Site and Building selections, Architectural and Interior Design and Furniture Procurement for Fortune 500 companies. She is a Board Member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and a former Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela where architecture was commonly thought of as a woman’s profession, Guerra-Stoll graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor's of Architecture, and soon realized the profession was “different” in the United States. Guerra-Stoll learned very early in her career that she would have to work harder, faster, and smarter than her male counterparts to be successful as an architect. Becoming a successful woman in a male dominated industry has not been easy. After hitting the preverbal “glass ceiling” and realizing that she would never be able to reach her full potential working for someone else, she decided to take full control of her destiny.
Entrepreneurship runs in Guerra-Stoll’s family, two generations prior to hers both her grandparents and parents were entrepreneurs and this helped motivate Guerra-Stoll to make the decision to go into business for herself. Growing up watching her family successfully manage their business as well as the responsibility of family life gave Guerra-Stoll the will to strike out on her own when the opportunity presented itself.
In 2008, Tyler Perry was not the only one who made history with the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, GA. Maria Guerra-Stoll was the creative influence behind the architectural design of the 200,000 square foot studio lot that was then home to Tyler Perry Studios. Today Maria and her team are still creatively influencing the design of the 330 acres of open space and historic buildings Mr. Perry acquired in 2015 which is transforming into the latest incarnation of Tyler Perry Studios — a production facility that, when formally completed, will be one of the largest studios in the country.
Her hard work was recognized in 2001 when her firm was awarded, "Small Business of the Year", by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC). Since then she has been awarded and recognized by Hispanic Businesses “Top 500 Hispanic Business”, Woman Magazine “Georgia’s List of 100 Most Powerful and Influential Women”, Hispanic Magazine “Top Hispanic Entrepreneur”, Atlanta Business Chronicle “Largest 25 Hispanic Business in Atlanta”, Georgia Minority Supplier Diversity Council “Special Minority Entrepreneur of the Year”, National Society of Hispanic MBA “Professional of the Year”, and Women Business Enterprise National Council “Trailblazer Categories l and ll” to name a few.
William Barker, RA, AIA, CSI
Vice-President & CFO, Principal
William Barker is the Principal and Co-Founder of GSB Architects & Interiors, Inc. an award-winning Atlanta, GA based architectural and interior design firm providing exceptional services to the public and private sector domestically and internationally. With over 30 years’ experience in the field, he has participated in a wide array of projects assisting in all phases of architectural services, from new builds to renovations.
Mr. Barker is a specialist in the design and construction of mission critical facilities having worked on more than 1,000 projects ranging in size from 600 square feet to 460,000 square feet. His expertise also includes programs assessment, budget & scheduling, logistical planning, project management, construction administration, development and design on projects throughout the United States.
In 2008, Tyler Perry was not the only one who made history with the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, GA. GSB was the creative influence behind the architectural design of the 200,000 square foot studio lot that was then home to Tyler Perry Studios. Today Mr. Barker and his team are still creatively influencing the design of the 330 acres of open space and historic buildings Mr. Perry acquired in 2015 which is transforming into the latest incarnation of Tyler Perry Studios — a production facility that, when formally completed, will be one of the largest studios in the country. The new location features 37 houses and buildings built between 1889 and 1910. The 200 acres of greenspace includes golf course fairways, ponds and woodlands. He is involved in the construction of 14 sound stages, with the largest measuring 60,000 square feet. The studio also contains backlots and major practical sets.
Mr. Barker’s extensive knowledge of the movie and film industry has set him apart as an expert in designing and constructing of successful film studios. In addition to Tyler Perry Studios, he has worked on over 4 other master plans for future film and television production studios. His understanding of the importance of location, function, acoustics, production, etc. that goes into each facility has proven to be an asset for future production studios to becoming successful.
A recognized leader in the field of mission critical facilities’ design, he has developed and designed 8 different prototype buildings for use throughout the United States for a variety of Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Barker has extensive design and construction administration experience with various building types, including movie and television studios, telecom, higher education, medical, corporate offices and financial institutions. He possesses particular knowledge of architectural design with regards to complex infrastructure systems, such as life safety, fire suppression, mechanical systems, and stand-by power generation plants.
Mr. Barker’s ability to comprehend and evaluate the various needs of a project results in a clear and efficient direction for the project’s design team and construction team. His experience gained from spending many hours in the field on construction sites, ensures project goals compliance and adherence to the project scope resulting in a positive experience.
Our firm is comprised of people with specialized expertise in architecture, interior design, construction administration, space planning, 3D rendering, and drafting services to name a few. The GSB team has years of experience with the design of new buildings and the renovation of existing buildings. GSB Architects & Interiors, Inc. is committed to providing the highest level of expertise and service to all of our clients through every phase of design. The firm prides itself on being able to provide our clients with a more hands on approach then many of our competitors.
Business Development Director
3091 East Shadowlawn Avenue NE., Atlanta, GA 30305
Jennifer Mercier, NCIDQ, RID, IIDA
Lead Interior Designer, Marketing
Catherine De La Rosa
Assistant Interior Designer, Architectural Design Staff
Office Clerk, Community Outreach