Promotion Announcement

WBA is proud to announce the promotion of Julie Markle to Partner for her exceptional service to our clients, our projects and to the development of our internal team.

In her 8 years with the firm, she has emerged as a highly regarded project manager, whose clients continue to seek her out for her dedication to the whole project, from communicating Owner vision during initial design concepts to following through on the details in construction.  She is also a strong mentor to emerging designers in the firm, creating internal networking and learning opportunities to continue the growth and development of the WBA team.

As a Project Manager, Julie has developed a wide range of proficiency in creating dynamic experiences for public/civic, hospitality, and athletics projects. She has managed diverse teams on many notable community projects, including the Brandon Amphitheater at Quarry Park, the Mississippi Trade Mart and the restoration of the Capri Theatre in Fondren neighborhood.  She is also leading efforts in campus development at her alma mater Mississippi State University with several ongoing athletics projects.

No matter what type of project she is working on, Julie’s focus is the client’s needs down to the minute details. Julie will continue leading project management efforts on local community impact projects and play a key role in stewarding new client relationships to support firm growth.  We are very excited about the future of WBA with Julie’s addition to the leadership team!

Nashville office is moving to Germantown

WBA Architecture’s Nashville office is relocating to Germantown, and just in time for Oktoberfest.

Founding Partners Jamie Wier, Michael Boerner, and Jack Allin closed on the property at 506 Monroe Street the first week of August, with plans to grow the Nashville team and build on the success of the firm’s second office. The Jackson, Mississippi-based firm celebrated its 10-year anniversary by opening a Nashville hub in the Nations just three years ago.  Since then, the Nashville team has doubled in size, four times over.

“There’s no denying that Nashville is such an opportunity for design firms right now, and we see this office a natural springboard for growth,” Eric Whitfield, the Nashville office partner, shares. “We’ve been thrilled with the reception from the community and see this new office as a chance to deepen the great relationships we’ve already built and grow new ones.”

In the three years since the firm expanded to Nashville, WBA has partnered with Tennessee Tech, Middle Tennessee State University, and Vanderbilt University on several collegiate athletics projects, leveraging its expertise building SEC championship facilities across the southeast.  But WBA doesn’t plan to stray from its roots either, developing local partnerships to build up community neighborhoods through artful expression. The Nashville office partnered with local coffee brewer Flora+Fauna for their first storefront in East Nashville and completed the build out of Park Church’s new home on New York Avenue in the Nations.

“We’ve developed such close ties with state and neighborhood partners; the community has been so welcoming to us. We are excited to continue growing our network on the west side and love everything Germantown has to offer,” says Molly Diffee, interior designer and employee number 1 in Nashville. “WBA is a community partner; we’re here for great design that builds up those around us.”

The office plans to officially open at the end of October.