April 25: Starr Design Team's Steve Starr and Rachel Wasylyk

We design branded environments that work. We create the all-important touch point, the physical interaction between people and brands. We believe in simplicity, clarity & purpose.

We also believe in the tilted head, the smile of surprise that comes when something simply is right. It plays on the senses. It feels good. It’s engaging & surprising. For we know that great design is directed at the heart more than at the brain.

We believe in investing ourselves in every project. We infuse a sense of our personalites into everything we touch, & allow our hearts to show through. We are all in. We become fully immersed & our clients become our partners and friends.

Starr Design Team


April 18: Sanders Pace Architecture's John Sanders

Formed in 2002, Sanders Pace Architecture combines the design talents of John Sanders and Brandon Pace to provide full service architecture, planning, and design services to clients seeking a thoughtful, progressive solution to their goals and needs.

The firm believes fundamentally that every project is different and deserving of a unique and specific design response. We take pride in the success we have had on a wide range of project types, from urban historic restorations and suburban interventions to contemporary rural retreats. While each project is different we approach the design process in a similar way.

John's passion for Architecture can be seen on the challenging projects that he and his firm have been involved within Knoxvillle’s Downtown Central Business District and its immediate surrounding areas. Along with his professional investment comes his personal redevelopment endeavors of several properties within the district that have been successfully completed, returning blighted or unusable properties back to vibrant reuses.

Sanders Pace Architecture


April 11: Gensler's Michael Spencer

Michael is an architect with Gensler, a global design firm that seeks to redefine what’s possible through the power of design.  With over 14 years of experience in professional practice, Michael’s work has included a wide variety of projects including workplace, commercial office buildings, higher education, high rise residential, and historic preservation.  Michael is experienced in design and management of large complex projects and his skills encompass all phases of the building process.  Michael believes that excellence in design combined with quality in implementation and technical integration lead to the creation of spaces that positively impact the world.



April 4: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's Ray Calabro

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, founded in 1965 is an architecture practice with offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. The firm is recognized for elegant and humane design, ranging in scale and circumstance from major academic, civic, cultural, and corporate buildings to private homes, large and small. Its architecture is alive to the subtleties of place, both man-made and natural; to the varied natures of people; to the character of institutions; and to the rich possibilities of material and means of construction.

In his nearly 20-year career with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Ray Calabro’s work emphasizes the relationship of a building to its surrounding landscape; he believes that architecture is a thoughtful response to the culture and spirit of each place. He brings a depth of experience and great enthusiasm to a broad range of building types and regularly leads the Bohlin Cywinski Jackson team in a collaborative design process to achieve extraordinary, award-winning buildings including visitor centers, corporate headquarters, academic buildings for science and research, and private residences across the western United States and Canada.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson