The American Institute of Architects Elevates Two Local Architects to the College of Fellows

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The American Institute of Architects Elevates Two Local Architects to the College of Fellows

 AIA Fellowship Recognizes Significant Contributions to the Profession of Architecture and Society



Nashville, TN, February 16, 2016 – The 2016 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated two AIA Middle Tennessee members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

The new Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2016 National AIA Convention in Philadelphia.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

The 2016 AIA Middle Tennessee Fellows are:

David Powell, FAIA – Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC

Hunter Gee, FAIA – Smith Gee Studio

Out of a total AIA membership of nearly 88,000 members, there are fewer than 3,100 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

  1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession
  1. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice
  1. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations
  1. Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment
  1. Made the profession of ever-increasing service to societyBelow are the newly elevated AIA Middle Tennessee members and category for which they were elevated:

David Powell, FAIA, Category 1: Design

David Powell’s architecture is consistently rich in concept, skillfully expressing the unique values inherent in each project. Through his work and community engagement, David has become an influential voice for the intrinsic value of architecture.

Designing award winning environments with careful consideration of concept, detail, and form, David Powell, AIA, has helped shape Nashville and the surrounding region with bold, inspiring architecture. His designs are the result of rigorous investigation of the client, context, and end-user, allowing the architecture to become metaphoric expressions of the specific values found in each project. His body of work attests to Mr. Powell’s conviction that each project bears a profound responsibility to bring forward a unique design solution that responds specifically to the particular conditions of those projects.

Mr. Powell intensely strives for raising public awareness of the importance of design through his engagement in various organizations. He is currently the President of the highly regarded Nashville Civic Design Center, served on the AIA Tennessee Board of Directors, and was President of the AIA Middle Tennessee’s Board of Directors. His visions and creativity have been recognized through many design awards and publications, and shared by serving on many juries and awards programs.

To date, he has received 21 AIA design awards at the local, state and regional levels, completed six projects that have achieved LEED certifications (including the highest rated Core & Shell LEED Platinum project in the world), and due in large part to his acclaimed designs, the 50 person firm which he leads with his two partners has been recognized for the past two years as a top 30 firm in the nation in Architect magazine’s Architect 50.

David Powell’s commitment to design excellence and the promotion of the profession is evident in his exceptional body of work, his dedication to the AIA, and his tireless efforts in community organizations.

Hunter Gee, FAIA, Category 1: Urban Design

Hunter Gee has embraced urban design’s mandate to build communities in service of their citizens and environments. His impassioned leadership in planning and architecture has transformed neighborhoods, downtowns, and the policies that shape them.

Throughout his career, Hunter has convened, advocated, educated and inspired citizens in a way that has changed communities. Building consensus through active listening and generating excitement and hope around a shared new vision, he passionately shares his gift with others. With his selection as one of the youngest AIA R/UDAT leaders, Hunter’s leadership helped to catalyze a massive post-disaster transformation of his ravaged and disjointed East Nashville neighborhood – building relationships that have shaped his effectiveness as a civic leader today. His dedication is manifested through his leadership and development of Nashville’s most influential design and real estate organizations. In 2010, he and his partners formed Smith Gee Studio specifically to carry out this passion for urban design and architecture. The rapid growth of his firm over the last five years is a testament to his vision and tenacity, and the respect he has earned from his peers, clients and staff. He engages and inspires both the dreamer and the pragmatic in his pursuit to promote the practice of meaningful place-making through architecture, planning, and civic leadership.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit


Our Current AIA Middle Tennessee FAIA Members are:
Thomas Davis, FAIA
Gary Everton, FAIA
Michael Fitts, FAIA
Marion Fowlkes, FAIA
Robert Gee, FAIA
Ronald Gobbell, FAIA
Warren Goodwin, FAIA
Kem Hinton, FAIA
Richard Miller, FAIA
David Powell, FAIA
Fleming Smith, Jr., FAIA
Earl Swensson, FAIA
Seab Tuck, FAIA