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Best Architects in Nashville, TN

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700 Melpark Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 Rating

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The Architect Workshop offers architecture, interior design, programming, and master planning services for public, academic, and commercial projects in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. It also provides feasibility studies, ADA survey and review, and project management services. The company won first and second place in the 2016 Masonry Institute of Tennessee Emerging Professional Award Graphic Design Competition and received two of 10 awards given as part of the annual American Institute for Architects' 2015 AIA Tennessee Design Awards.

Nashville, TN 37203

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Bynum Residential Design provides design build, exterior design, renovation, and landscape design services. The architecture firm uses eco-friendly practices and cost-effective design, and describes its aesthetic as hip, chic, and usable. Clients have praised the designer for his talent and extensive experience.

Nashville, TN 37212 Rating

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J. Terry Bates & Associates, Inc. is a Nashville architecture firm founded in 1985. The business uses a timeless style to design residences, farmhouses, estates, and churches. Clients have praised the firm for its timely, professional, and pleasant staff and their creativity.

Nashville, TN 37212 Rating

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5.0 (4)

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Lowen + Associates, LLC is a small architecture and interior design firm. The Nashville business works closely with its engineering consultants to ensure well-managed projects, and the company works with all kinds of clients, including residential, corporate, and retail customers. The firm won the Excellence in Development Award from the Dollar General Corporate Headquarters, the AIA Design Excellence Award for Hodgson Hall Renovation, and the AIA Design Excellence Award for Emo Residence Pismo.

Nashville, TN 37203 Rating

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Gilbert McLaughlin Casella has been serving the Nashville area since 1996. The architecture firm handles all phases of the process, including design, master planning, and site evaluation. The business takes on a variety of project types such as university facilities, multi-family residential structures, religious facilities, athletic facilities, and restaurants. The firm's awards include the 2013 Design Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects, the 2007 Preservation Award from the Metro Historical Commission, and the 2013 Excellence in Development Award from the Urban Land Institute.

Nashville, TN 37212

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John TeSelle Architecture works with residential and commercial projects including new construction, additions, and renovations. The Nashville architecture firm has been in business since 2000. The founder of the business is a Registered Architect and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. John TeSelle Architecture is a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Nashville, TN 37215

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Farris Concepts in Architecture has been serving the Nashville area since 1993. The business uses 3D design software to conceptualize its plans for residential and interior design. The firm's work has been published in Traditional Home, Southern Home, Sophisticated Living, and Nashville Lifestyles.The business describes its work as timeless and elegant, using a variety of architectural styles.

Nashville, TN 37211 Rating

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5.0 (3)

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Marcus Dipietro Architect combines modern and traditional style to design a space that reflects its client's needs. The Nashville architecture firm won Best of Houzz 2015 for Design and Service, and has experience designing residential, retail, and commercial spaces. Clients have praised the firm for its creative design and ability to work with clients' needs.

Nashville, TN 37212 Rating

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5.0 (2)

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Allard Ward Architects has been designing and planning projects for its Nashville clients since 1995. The firm is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The business has won a variety of awards over the years, including the Architectural Award from the Metro Historic Commission in 2009, the 2005 Restoration Award from the Tennessee Preservation Trust, Award of Merit from the American Association for State & Local History in 2005, and the IIDA Gold Award for Residential Interiors in 2002.

317 Main St Ste 202, Franklin, TN 37064 Rating

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Scott Wilson Architect LLC is a boutique firm that serves clients in the Nashville area. The firm was founded in 1986 and is known for using modern design principles, which are complemented by energy efficiency, reduced maintenance, and environmentally sensitive engineering strategies. Architect Scott Wilson is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2009, he was a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for his design of the Monroe Harding Children's Home.

209 10th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 Rating

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5.0 (7)

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Smith Gee Studio, founded in 2010, is an architectural business that serves the people of Nashville. The company specializes in urban planning, interior design, sustainable design, office design, and mixed-use town facilities. Customers who want to reuse their buildings can enjoy the adaptive reuse service the architects offer. The firm integrates environmental health in their work to ensure the safety of the residents of Nashville. In 2018, Smith Gee Studio received the EP Friendly Firm Award by AIA Tennessee.

Nashville, TN 37210 Rating

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4.0 (1)

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Centric Architecture has been serving the Nashville area for more than 50 years. The firm has experience designing commercial, educational, government, religious, and residential structures. The business also restores old buildings.

Nashville, TN 37209 Rating

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5.0 (9)
5.0 (3)

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The founder of Ryan Thewes Architect has been in the industry for more than 15 years. The Nashville architecture firm's work is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's use of geometry and nature. The company begins its work with the pre-design stage, then moves on to design, design development, technical documents, and finally, construction administration. Ryan Thewes and his work have been seen in Living Large, Furies Art Magazine, Modernize, Novedge, and Kentucky Living Magazine.

508 Houston Street, Nashville, TN 37203 Rating

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5.0 (3)

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Tuck-Hinton Architecture & Design in Nashville, Tennessee, is an architectural firm with extensive experience in many different types of architectural, interior, and planning assignments, including office buildings, banking facilities, civic structures, retail structures, parks, museums, and libraries. The business has received awards that include the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award from the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Best Project in the Engineering News-Record Award.

Compare our Top Architects

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
The Architect Workshop
700 Melpark Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
Bynum Residential Design
J. Terry Bates & Associates, Inc.
Lowen + Associates, LLC
Gilbert McLaughlin Casella
John TeSelle Architecture
Farris Concepts in Architecture
Marcus Dipietro Architect
Allard Ward Architects
Scott Wilson Architect LLC
317 Main St Ste 202, Franklin, TN 37064
Smith Gee Studio
209 10th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Centric Architecture
Ryan Thewes Architect
Tuck Hinton Architecture & Design
508 Houston Street, Nashville, TN 37203


  • Introduction

    Architects are skilled professionals who create designs and plans for a variety of reasons. While the term architect traditionally refers to a professional who creates building plans, either for residential or commercial properties, the word can also refer to an architect who works with technology and digital infrastructure. Below are some of the most common titles an architect may have:
    • Landscape architect: Designs outdoor spaces, such as parks, gardens, and college campuses

    • Restoration architect: Preserves historic buildings and monuments
    • Lighting architect: Designs, installs, and operates lighting for theater and film productions
    • Extreme architect: Creates buildings that withstand major disasters or severe weather
    • Residential architect: Designs homes and multifamily properties
    • Sustainable/green design architect: Designs buildings that have a minimal environmental impact
    • Industrial architect: Develops plans for industrial buildings, such as factories and plants
    • Conservation architect: Preserves unprotected heritage sites
    • Interior architect: Designs interiors for commercial and residential buildings
  • How much does an architect cost?

    The cost of hiring an architect varies, depending on what type of work needs to be done. According to Home Guide, most traditional architects charge anywhere from $100 to $250 per hour to draw plans; however, this cost may vary depending on experience and project scope.

  • How much do residential architects charge?

    Residential architects typically charge anywhere from $2,000 to $8,500 for initial plans and small projects, according to Home Advisor. For large projects, revisions, and extra services, this cost can increase.

  • Do I need an architect to build a house?

    While it's not required to hire an architect before building a house, it's usually a good idea. An architect can ensure that all housing plans are done per local housing codes while ensuring the home is beautifully designed.

  • How can someone draw like an architect?

    It requires practice and knowledge of drawing different perspectives and dimensions. Tutorial videos can be found online that advise beginners; however, without proper instruction and technique, architectural drawings may not be in accordance with building laws.

  • Do you need an architect for a renovation?

    An architect isn't always required for a remodel or renovation; however, some municipalities may require professional architect drawings before construction permits are approved. In most cases, it's best to check with local laws before undergoing renovations.

  • How long is an architect liable for a building?

    Architects may be held liable for up to 15 years after the completion of a project. Until that time has passed, architects may face claims for defects in design.