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.
MEET THE TEAM: AMY DANIELS
Since joining the WBA team back in September, Amy Daniels has been an integral part of our Nashville office. Amy’s passion for art early in life eventually inspired her to pursue a career in architecture. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned a master’s in interior architecture and adaptive reuse.
When did you become interested in architecture/interior design?
I didn’t really become interested in Architecture until I started Architecture School. I had always been passionate about art and I really enjoyed Physics in High School. It was suggested that I try Architecture as a major at Mississippi State and I fell in love with it right away.
How have you grown professionally since becoming a member of the WBA team?
Being in the Nashville office is exciting. We are growing and robustly engaging with the community to build relationships. We’re getting to know so many new industry partners and clients. I’ve grown professionally even in my short time here by having the courage and support to get out there and make WBA known in Nashville.
What inspires you both professionally and personally?
Learning and education inspire me. I have a high level of respect for educators and all that goes into making our education systems strong. I am a firm believer in Design Education and think that most people would benefit from more Design Thinking and art. The advancement of project-based learning in schools is inspiring for the future. I’m encouraged by the next generation and what they will do for our world.
How do you spend your free time?
I have a two-year-old so mostly I spend my free time parenting or trying to be a better parent. I read a lot of childhood development books and am interested in the development and psychology behind growing up. I also like to sew and craft, organize, and work on projects for our new home.
What does your ideal day look like?
My ideal day is spent traveling and exploring a new place. Preferably somewhere warm and sunny, and with good cocktails! It would also include a fantastic sunset view and a good playlist continually playing in the background, somewhat like a movie.
Do you prefer to listen to podcasts or music? What are your top recommendations?
If I’m working I’ll listen to instrumental music only; I love language and lyrics and find it very distracting while working. In the car, I like listening to podcasts. I’m a big fan of Walk In Love, Anthropocene Reviewed, and NPR Politics.
WBA Architecture announces new team members
Posted by: MBJ Newswires | September 15, 2020
WIER BOERNER ALLIN Architecture has announced the addition of Amy Daniels, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C and Dennis Daniels, AIA, NCARB as Project Managers in their Nashville office.
Amy joins the firm from Newman Architects, PC in New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, DC, where she led a firm-wide project management group responsible for project staffing, performance, and personnel management. Amy is a graduate of Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her Master of Arts in Interior Architecture and Adaptive Reuse.
Dennis comes to the firm from the Office of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, DC, but is no stranger to WBA, having served as an intern architect in 2011-2012. Dennis is a graduate of Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture and received his Masters of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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