State Building Commission, Procurement Agencies & Licensing Board

Tennessee State Building Commission

The State Building Commission (SBC) oversees construction of all State public buildings. The SBC´s responsibility has been expanded to include authority over most acquisition, disposal, improvement or demolition of real property owned by the State with the exclusion of roads, highways and bridges. In addition, its authority extends to the leasing of real property as well as disposal by lease of State property.

The SBC meets on the second Thursday every month. The Executive Subcommittee meets the second Monday following the SBC meeting.

Office of the State Architect

The Office of the State Architect provides staff support to the Tennessee State Building Commission (SBC).  Ann McGauran was selected by the SBC to serve as the State Architect.  The State Architect is responsible for implementing its By-laws, Policy and Procedures. The OSA implements standards for design and construction and monitors compliance of real estate and construction with State statutes and policies. In addition to the SBC, the Office of the State Architect supports the functions of the State Capitol Commission, and the State Architect is a member of the Tennessee Residence Commission and Prevailing Wage Commission.

The State Architect also leads the Quality in Construction (QIC) Task Force.

State Procurement Agencies

Locally Governed Institutions (LGI)


Tennessee Board of Architectural & Engineering Examiners (TBAEE)

The TBAEE is responsible for registration requirements for architects, engineers, landscape architects and interior designers. Its missions is to protect the public health, safety and welfare through the regulation of the professions noted above, by means of evaluation, education, examination, licensure and disciplinary action; and to communicate with its registrants and the public regarding the laws and standards of the professions.

Please visit their website to find information on new rules, laws and attorney general opinions related to architects.  Useful information includes:

  • Public Meetings Calendar, Agenda & Minutes
  • Architect Information
  • Additional Forms & Download, and
  • FAQs

Qualifications Based Selection for Public Projects in Tennessee 

T.C.A. § 12-4-107(a) requires that design professionals for public projects in Tennessee be selected through qualifications-based selections (“QBS”). Additionally, the Board has adopted rule 0120-02-.02 {Proper Conduct of Practice} that precludes registered architects, engineers, and landscape architects from participating in any system that does not comply with T.C.A. § 12-4-107(a).

In accordance with T.C.A. § 12-4-107(a), the public body (client) can negotiate a satisfactory contract with a design professional or firm selected for their qualifications. If an agreement cannot be reached the public body can then proceed to select another design professional or firm also by their qualifications to continue negotiations until an agreement is reached.

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