NASHVILLE, TN – The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the winners of the 2017 Design Awards to honor exceptional work on the behalf of the architecture profession, and bring awareness to the great work that architects are doing in our communities.


The 2017 AIA Middle Tennessee Design Awards winners are:

Honor Award:

  1. TCAT/Nissan Education and Training Facility – Tuck-Hinton Architects
  2. [Unearthing] – Earl Swensson Associates
  3. Fort Nashborough – Moody Nolan
  4. Kaiser Permanente North Arundel Medical Center – Gresham, Smith and Partners
  5. Rooted Store – Price Harrison Architect
  6. 921 B Woodland Street – Pfeffer Torode Architecture
  7. Shenandoah Farms on the Buffalo River – Pfeffer Torode Architecture


Merit Award:

  1. Alfred Williams and Company – Hastings Architecture Associates
  2. Hearn Residence – Price Harrison Architect
  3. The Nashville Food Project – Gresham, Smith and Partners
  4. Brasfield and Gorrie – Hastings Architecture Associates
  5. Observation Lounge – Pfeffer Torode Architecture


Citation Award:

  1. Kaiser Permanente South NoVA… – Gresham, Smith and Partners


People’s Choice Award:

  1. The Thompson Hotel – Hastings Architecture Associates


A jury of AIA South Carolina members judged the entries. Jury members were: Chair – Tom Savory, AIA – Watson Tate Savory, Janet Zuckerman, Associate AIA – McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Jennifer Charzewski, AIA – Liollio Architecture, Byron Edwards, AIA – Clemson University School of Architecture, and Chuck Hultstrand, AIA – LS3P Associates.


Projects are entered under three categories: small, large, or unbuilt. This year, an additional category was added for healthcare design. The jury was encouraged to recognize and acknowledge exceptional design in the categories of Citation, Merit, and Honor, with Honor being the highest award. Tom Savory, South Carolina Jury Chair had this to say about the 60 entries, “It was a large pool of excellent projects and we enjoyed reviewing them all.”


The 2017 Design Awards Gala was held in Nashville at The Cordelle with 150 people in attendance. The Design Awards Committee was led by Chair Ali Alsaleh, Associate AIA of Smith Gee Studio and Board Liaison Lee Davis, AIA of Earl Swensson Associates.


AIA Middle Tennessee is a medium sized AIA family of over 750 architects, interns, and allied industry members located in a 35-county region in Middle Tennessee. The mission of AIA Middle Tennessee is to be the resource elevating the profession and promoting quality design.