Meet Chela Campbell, Professional Project Manager and 2021 Rising Stars Top 10
Chela Campbell | Age 35
Project Manager at Alair Homes Decatur
Chela Campbell always knew she’d be an architect—that’s part of the reason she took design and drafting classes in high school, spent afternoons studying with her drafting teacher and swapped typical teenager TV shows for episodes of “This Old House.” Today, she uses that intrinsic talent for deconstructing and reconstructing spaces as a project manager at Alair Homes Decatur, but that’s just one hat she wears proudly. The other is being a single mom of three.
Why do you love your job?
I love being able to create, and this industry is my creative outlet. There is this sense of accomplishment in helping a client’s vision come together. Typically, people decide to renovate their homes in order to solve a problem. It makes me feel good to be a part of solving that problem so that they can really love their home.
What do you do for creative inspiration?
Music definitely puts me into creative mode; however, it is my boys that give me the best ideas. Talking to them and experiencing life with them has taught me the most about how a space needs to function for an entire family.
How do you give back to the community?
I often volunteer time and labor for community projects. In my free time, I provide DIY consultations for people who want to learn how to do smaller repairs and upgrades.
What do you do to unwind in your neighborhood?
I love to be with my boys at Centennial Olympic Park listening to live music or playing in the fountain together. I love to explore new restaurants, too, but Sugar Factory and Little Alley Steak are my current favorites.
What’s one project you’re particularly proud of?
The Laman project’s carriage house addition and attic renovation, but not just because of the project itself, but rather the relationship I built with the clients. I stepped into this project after a bumpy and lengthy design process prompted a design team change. Not only were we able to get the project back on track and deliver beautiful results, but the clients left an amazing review and continue to stay in contact with me.