2014 AIATN Convention

It’s a wrap! We had a great time at the 2014 convention!  Nearly 300 architects from across the state, from emerging professionals to experienced architects traveled to Nashville to DESIGN. INSPIRE. TRANSFORM.

2015 Convention Dates Announced!

2015 AIA Tennessee Convention will be held July 29-31 in Knoxville, Tennessee!  Mark your calendar to attend the state’s premier conference for architects and anyone interested in architecture/design.  We are working hard to finalize the schedule and registration information.  Watch your email or check back soon for more information!

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Newly Licensed Architects Recognized

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On August 1, 2014, during the President’s Luncheon at the AIA Tennessee Convention, we took a moment to recognize newly licensed architects. State Architect Peter Heimbach, AIA, and Gulf States Director Thad Kelly, AIA, congratulated and presented them with a congratulatory gift. (more…)

Lifetime Award Recipients

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The AIA Tennessee Board of Directors is currently accepting nominations for the William Strickland Lifetime Achievement and theSamuel Morgan Lifetime Service Awards.These awards are the highest honors that AIA Tennessee can bestow on an individual. They are conferred by the AIA Tennessee Board in recognition of a significant body of work influencing the built environment. Any individual living or dead, who the Jury believes qualified, is eligible to receive the William Strickland or Samuel Morgan Awards. Architects and individuals who have exhibited a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture will be honored with these awards.

Recipients of William Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award are:

  • Seab Tuck, FAIA – 2015
  • Louis Pounders, FAIA – 2014
  • Bruce McCarty, FAIA – 2013
  • Earl Swensson, FAIA – 2012

Recipients of Samuel Morgan Lifetime Service Award are:

  • Dr. Joe Johnson – 2015
  • Connie Wallace, Hon. AIA – 2014
  • State Senator Douglas Henry – 2013
  • Stroud Watson – 2012



Speaker Spotlight on Ed Feiner, FAIA

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Ed Feiner

Ed Feiner, FAIA 

Director, Design Leadership Council

Perkins+Will, Washington, DC

Session: “Designing for Excellence” 

Panel Discussion: “How Will Public State Architecture Advance from Good to Great?”

Ed Feiner has plenty of Tennessee connections. The Washington, DC, architect was director of design for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), when he was involved in the development of a new Federal Courthouse in Knoxville. (more…)

Speaker Spotlight on Bill Carpenter, FAIA, PhD, LEED AP

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William Carpenter, FAIA, PhD, LEED AP 

Founder, President, Lightroom, Inc., Atlanta, GA


Sometimes more is just more, and less is really what’s needed. That’s the theme of a session to be led by Bill Carpenter during the 2014 AIA Tennessee Convention & Expo this weekend, July 30-August 1, in Nashville. (more…)

Speaker Spotlight on Wendell Burnette, AIA

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Wendell Burnette, AIA

Wendell Burnette Architects, Phoenix, AZ


“Great architecture can happen anywhere, any place.”

That was the closing comment of our interview with Wendell Burnette, AIA, who said place is the operative word for his presentation at the AIA Tennessee 2014 Convention & Expo in Nashville July 30-August 1. (more…)

Convention Technical Sessions Announced

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Technical sessions 1 and 2 will be held on Wednesday, July 30, and technical sessions 3 and 4 will be held on Friday, August 1.  Sessions are included in cost of registration and please register in advance.  Technical sessions include topics on Acoustics & Design, LEED, BIM and Environmental Solutions.  (more…)

Speaker Spotlight on Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA

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Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA 

dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc, Brooklyn, NY


Art meets science in the award-winning, multidisciplinary firm of dlandstudio in Brooklyn, NY.


It was founded in 2005 by Susannah Drake, who melds the scientific and the creative in the design of projects she hopes will make cities more ecologically, economically and culturally productive.

Drake shares an affinity for both worlds; her father was a geo-physicist and she thought about becoming a geologist at one point. Instead, she gravitated toward architecture and landscape architecture, graduating from Harvard with master’s degrees in both fields. She actually had three degrees and initially couldn’t find a job; instead of choosing between them she decided to incorporate them and feed her inner science bug. “I’m actually happier doing what I do – my profession allows me to combine science and art, which I see as a perfect combination because I’m good at drawing and have a sensibility,” she said. (more…)

Speaker Spotlight on Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA, LEED AP

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Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA, LEED AP

Kuth/Ranieri Architects, LLP, San Francisco, CA


If Kuth/Ranieri Architects in San Francisco has an overriding “signature touch” or theme on its projects, it’s research.

Co-founder Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA, said research plays a critical role in the work of Kuth/Ranieri Architects. They begin by rethinking how materials and assembly can shape a project, inform the design process early on, and integrate all scales of a building. Ranieri said she will discuss the role of research and design during her presentation at the AIA Tennessee Convention & Expo in Nashville, July 30-August 1.

Speaker Spotlight on Steve Dumez, FAIA

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Steve Dumez, FAIA

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans, LA






“Resilient Design goes beyond sustainability to create structures that respond to their surroundings and their climate and facilitate the rebuilding of communities in the wake of natural disaster,” says Steve Dumez, FAIA. 


Speaker Spotlight on Angie Brooks, FAIA, LEED AP

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Angela Brooks, FAIA, LEED™ AP

Principal, Brooks + Scarpa, Los Angeles, CA

Sponsored by General Shale


You may have seen the USA Network “Character Approved” video featuring Angela Brooks in her own award-winning green home in Los Angeles. She strolls through the house, dubbed the “Solar Umbrella,” showcasing its shiny energy panels, movable bookshelves, and sun-dappled living spaces.


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