Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC is a high-energy, Nashville-based design firm offering architecture, interior design, planning and sustainability services to a diverse group of clients.
The firm has developed expertise over the past 30 years in commercial, educational and community projects each with a philosophy of sustainability woven into them.
Hastings was founded on the belief that recruiting and retaining the most talented and passionate team of design professionals would result in great design and client service. This belief, coupled with a company culture that promotes collaboration, creativity and innovation, has served as the foundation for the firm's progressive thinking, design approach and growth. We have an intense desire to listen to our clients at all stages of their project, to design each project to respond to its context, its site and its program, to minimize the impact of the project on the environment and to create a unique and compelling experience for all that experience each project.
Hastings office is organized around a Studio environment with an emphasis on open communication and teamwork. Each Studio manages their projects from conceptual design through the completion of construction. This continuous involvement in the project, combined with an emphasis on design and client service, results in successful projects and satisfied clients. And equally as important, our culture and organization ensures our staff opportunities to learn, grow and advance as professionals.
Jim serves on the State of Tennessee Architecture and Engineering Licensing Board, as well as various community organizations. Jim has been a design jury member for state and local awards and has lectured throughout his thirty-six year career. The firm is organized in a manner that allows Jim to be actively involved in all phases of projects and spend a significant amount of time with clients and mentoring the entire design team.
David has a tremendous amount of expertise implementing environmentally conscious design solutions and is currently designing numerous projects pursuing LEED Certification. David has lectured extensively on Sustainable Design and Urban Design principles.
William has a passion for managing a successful and growing business that allows the energies of the firm and its employees to be focused on exceptional design, client service and having fun.
David is currently serving as President for American Institute of Architects, Middle Tennessee Chapter, and is involved in many other professional organizations. He is currently involved in the USGBC Middle Tennessee Chapter, Urban Land Institute and NAIOP and is the active Vice President for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre.
Heather believes that thoughtful listening is the most important part of her relationship with the firms' clients. With a passion for organizational structure and a strategic approach to real estate, she thrives on understanding clients' goals and exceeding expectations.
Heather currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Tennessee, College of Architecture, the Board of Directors for the McNeilly Center for Children, and the Design Advisory Council for Canada-based furniture manufacturer, Teknion. Her work has been honored with awards from both the International Interior Design Association as well as the American Institute of Architects. Recently, Heather was featured as a monthly columnist for the for the Tennessean on workplace design.
Mark has been with firm since 2003, prior to joining Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC. Mark practiced Architecture in Boston, MA. Mark is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Mike is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Middle Tennessee Chapter and former Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2002, he became one of the first architects in Tennessee to earn the LEED Accredited Professional credential. Since that time, Mike has developed extensive knowledge of the LEED green building rating system; serving as a facilitator for design teams and building owners on integrated design strategies and managing the LEED certification process.
Mike has also served on the Board of Directors for the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Nashville Chapter and is a past president. In 2005, he received the Environmental Stewardship Award from CSI for his promotion of green building principles. He speaks regularly on topics of sustainable design and LEED certification and has given presentations at various local and national conferences.
Through rigorous community engagement initiatives, Joni has successfully guided two significant areas - 886 acres in Downtown Nashville and 298 acres at the Davidson County line - through the rezoning process. Both were approved by the Metropolitan Planning Commission on consent, and passed the Metropolitan Council with no community or council opposition.
With nearly ten years of public sector experience, Joni understands the pressure facing city officials and elected leaders. This is an asset for both our private sector clients and public sector clients. Joni works closely with the client to create strategies for community engagement and project facilitation.
Paul truly enjoys mentoring both interns and young architects throughout the entire project process, while focusing on building collaborative relationships with the client, consultants and general contractor.
Essentially, we are large enough, yet nimble enough, to take on just about any type of project or situation.
What single-family or multifamily projects are you working on now? We are currently designing the mixed-use development that lines the new Nashville Sounds ballpark.
It will include residential units with direct views into the ballpark or toward the downtown skyline. Because of its relationship to the ballpark, location on the greenway and proximity to downtown, this unique development will be like no other in the city.
We are also designing a smaller development in East Nashville with 50 units, all of which are around 500 square feet. While this technically isn't "micro-housing," we are exploring the principles associated with the concept, which is essentially new to Nashville.
What are some of the interesting projects you've completed in the past few years? We have just completed a very modern single-family courtyard home in Green Hills that we call Mask House. This 6500-square-foot single story residence includes exposed concrete walls, rusted steel accents, ipe wood floors and ceilings, and full-height glass windows facing the courtyard. The landscape design provides a lush counterpoint to the contemporary design.
We have also recently completed 1212, a high-end, high-rise condominium project in The Gulch. This 23-story, 286-unit development was designed with a focus on simplicity, elegance and high quality finishes. The amenity spaces are generous and scalable for a variety of conditions. The finished tower is a crystalline addition to the Nashville skyline.
What trends are popular today in home design? I don't follow home design "trends" per se, but two common themes I am seeing in both single-family and multifamily design are downsizing and sustainable design.
People seem more interested than ever to return to the city, drive less, walk to neighborhood nodes, (re)discover the sense of community, reduce utility burdens and protect the environment. There is an overall desire for authenticity, which translates to the use of certain materials and a bespoke quality to the details and expression of construction.
How do you work with a homeowner or builder to create a design? It begins with a lot of conversation to understand as much as I can about the homeowner or, if it's multifamily, the target demographic.
For a single-family home, I obviously need to know about their programmatic wants and needs (i.e. size of house, number of bedrooms, etc.). However, I also want to know (as much as possible) who they are as individuals and as a family. I want to know if they like to cook or eat out, travel or stay home, follow sports or the arts.
Even more in depth, I want to know their favorite foods, where they like to travel on vacation, who their favorite sports teams are, and if they prefer The Beatles or the Stones!
I prefer for the design process to be collaborative so the client has ownership in the result. But remembering that they hired me/us for a reason, I like to continually present ideas that they haven't thought of or expected when they began the process.
The back-and-forth results in a dynamic solution beyond the client's expectations, yet they still have a sense of ownership, which is critical to a custom home.
In any case, we spend a lot of time on the site and researching the contextual influences. It is critical to understand views from and onto the property, how the sun travels across the site at different times of the year, which direction the wind and weather comes from, grades, natural landscaping, history of the property, etc.
What is the hallmark of your designs? In a word: concept.
It is a critical aspect of my design process to latch onto a concept as early as possible. A good concept drives everything.
It's very tricky, though, because it shouldn't be on the nose. Rather, a good concept is an esoteric embodiment of the client and context.
-Bill Lewis, for The Tennessean
.....The Ryman's spirit has remained a constant presence throughout its various incarnations, the latest of which begins today when $14 million in much-needed renovations are unveiled. While the venue's sound is among the nation's best, its small lobby was often too cramped and its lines were too long - a downside of the venue's tremendous success. A new café has been added, as well as improved food and beverage service, a new box office and larger lobbies. New exhibits and an upstairs theater featuring the film, The Soul of Nashville are further additions. But the historic auditorium, which was restored in 1994, remains unchanged.
by Beverly Keel
To assemble our winners, we took nominations from the public for two months. Nominees then ranked one another in a round of closed voting. These are the individuals who are helping Nashville's upward momentum.
Our firm was pleased to have the opportunity to work on the design of First Tennessee Park. A lot of hard work and deep thought went into every square foot of it, with countless elements to appreciate. Here are my personal recommendations for seven observations to make when singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch. Because it's Earth Week, I've included a few great environmental features worth a look.
1. Sunken diamond: The playing field is sunken to provide optimal views from the seats and from entrances. Just beneath the surface is an intricate system of field drainage pipes and pumps to keep it from filling like a bathtub during heavy rains.
2. LEED certification: It's green! First Tennessee Park achieved LEED Silver certification for its energy, water and resource efficient design along with the use of low-emitting materials that protect air quality in interior spaces. A third of the materials used during construction, like the crushed red rock for the warning track, came from regional sources.
3. Guitar scoreboard:Nashville is full of iconic imagery, including Greer Stadium's infamous guitar-shaped scoreboard. In the new stadium, the shape remains but is now high-tech and uses energy efficient LED technology, as does other signage along the left-field wall and club level railings.
4. Greenway connection: In addition to its accessibility by mass transit, a key design element was providing a pedestrian connection to an existing, but upgraded, section of Nashville?s greenway trail. This is in addition to a new B-cycle station and walkability from a growing number of nearby residences.
5. Educational displays: History is part of baseball itself and that?s no different in Nashville. The history surrounding the former Sulphur Dell ball field and former players will be on deck via displays throughout the new field. Signage along the greenway will highlight rainwater management strategies like rain gardens, pervious pavers and drought tolerant plantings.
6. Green roof: As you enjoy the wide concourse and 360-degree walkway around the playing field, notice the brick pavers at the entry gate locations, specifically the gaps filled with pervious gravel material. This allows rain water to pass through, reducing the amount of water directed to storm water pipes. The Band Box under the scoreboard has plants growing on its roof that help absorb rain water, further reducing impact to the city infrastructure.
7. Rainwater collection tank: When it rains, water will be collected from the building's roof and plaza in an above ground storage tank near the right-field entry to be used later for irrigation of landscaping in the greenway, ensuring that it's inviting on game days, even during the dry summer months.
by Mike Leonard, AIA, CSI, LEED AP BD+C, is the director of greenSTUDIO, a division of Hastings Architecture Associates. He was among the first architects in Tennessee to earn the LEED Accredited Professional credential.
Work on the multi-building, mixed-use development continues, with an office building to house, among others, the Tennessee Orthopaedic Association now topped and progress being made on C1TYBLOX, a collection of former shipping containers that will serve as temporary space for retailers.
Ryan Doyle, oneC1TY's general manager, said 7 C1TY Place is "the next step in our mission to provide companies with a healthier environment, while promoting work/life balance."
"Workforces will enjoy maximum productivity, tech-enabled indoor and outdoor collaborative spaces and plenty of parking," he said. "In addition, the ground floor will continue to grow the West Side's entertainment district, specifically our unique blend of retail and culinary amenities. We are beginning to market the space to prospects and are digging into more detail with the likely anchors to kickoff this specific building."
Doyle said Cambridge has enlisted Hastings Architecture Associates to design 7 C1TY Place, a groundbreaking for which has not yet been announced.
by William Williams
In more general terms: What is the future of work, and what will the workspace look like?
We don't profess to be fortune-tellers (generally) but we do know the following facts about the future of work environments:
1. Workplaces of the future do not look like Google or Starbucks.
Work environments should be as unique as fingerprints. Having an office space that is anything other than exactly what's fitting for your company would be akin to Pepsi putting its logo on a Coca-Cola ad.
Google's playful, dynamic space is a testament to their values of disruption and challenging the status quo. But that doesn't mean every business can, or should, strive for that. A recent opinion piece in The Washington Post received a lot of attention for its criticism of the open office synonymous with Google. The author's comments about the inaccessible meeting rooms within her own Google-inspired office point to a critical failure in the design. An open office must be complemented by a variety of settings.
Open spaces for work are primed to encourage interaction and create vibrancy. But there's a lot of work that can't be done with a loud neighbor or milk frothing in the background. Successfully designed, future-proof offices will provide for that.
2. Future workspace will have to entice you to show up at all.
So, why go into work at all? It certainly won't be status quo or required to access traditional technologies. Technology allows most of us to work anywhere. In the future, going to the office will be sought out as an opportunity to plug into the culture; to see and be seen. What you gain from going to the office will have to be worth the inefficiencies of battling traffic.
3. The future workspaces will take the notion of flexibility to new levels.
I recently studied a project in the Dutch town of Haarlem that functions as an advertising agency office by day. By night, through a complex pulley system, all of the desks and computers are lifted into the ceiling to create an event space. This may not be the type of flexibility we see in all office spaces, but it will be dramatic compared with today's standards. Company workspaces will need to be able to flex faster to fit the work needing to be done and the employees doing it. Walls, furniture, power and data - the tethers of the existing workspace - will be able to accommodate significant changes and moves overnight (and perhaps over lunch).
Big or small, Palo Alto or Nashville, the best work environments are designed to positively impact people, enhance their ability to do work, and be resilient and flexible. The future of workspaces has nothing to do with behemoths like Google, and everything to do with your unique brand, work flow and culture.
by Heather Mathias, Associate Principal and Director of Interior Design
......."This is a great day for Bellevue and for Nashville," said Mayor Karl Dean in a news release. "This vibrant community, full of children and parents, is finally getting the library it deserves. This isn't just any branch library. It connects with this community and its history through the stories it tells on its walls and through its artwork, both indoors and out."
....... Dean helped push the $6 million project through the Metro Council budget process. Thursday, he said he was glad to see hundreds of people come out to support the new building.
"We want the city to be a place of lifelong learning, and so you need libraries," Dean said.
by Patrick McMurtry
Our passion for beautiful, thoughtful design and providing innovative solutions, and our exceptional knowledge of sustainable practices gives us and our clients a competitive edge in every project.
We believe that utilizing a philosophy of Sustainability as the foundation for the design process leads to a higher level of design with a reduced environmental footprint and a better and healthier building experience. A wide range of sustainable options, such as optimizing building orientation and natural lighting, better air quality, vegetated roofing, low-toxicity materials, water-conserving plumbing fixtures and reduced energy consumption, integrated with a more carefully considered design approach are elements that will continue to impact building design and construction in this more globally sensitive era. Our expertise in this realm enables us to deliver high-performance, sustainable buildings to our clients that are able to provide significant returns on investment.
Hastings' local leadership in Sustainable Design is best illustrated by the following statistics:
Over 75% of our design staff have voluntarily obtained the LEED Accredited Professional credential. Each are knowledgeable in green building practices and the certification process, and continue to stay actively involved in the ever-changing green building industry.
A program devoted to mentorship, guidance and a fun work place, Hastings Young Professional Experience (HYPE) provides ARE study assistance, social activities, and IDP guidance. New interns will experience not only an enriching work environment, but a valuable connection to their fellow employees and the community. Many of us are involved with organizations such as EP/ YAF, AIA, USGBC, ULI, the Urban Design Forum and Civic Design Center, NAIOP and many more community-based and not-for-profit organizations. All of these activities help to encourage and reinforce the team attitude and community focus that is prevalent throughout the firm.
Staff training and professional development receives a tremendous amount of attention and effort in our firm. Through mentoring, in-house seminars, attendance at conventions and conferences and participation in various professional, civic and philanthropic organizations, our staff is encouraged to reach their full potential and further their professional careers. This commitment to training, continuing education and professional development elevates the level of design and service we are able to provide our clients.