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 31 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.
Kim is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the TN Society of CPAs. She earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Kennesaw University in Kennesaw, GA, and a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brescia College in Owensboro, KY.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vanderbilt University is planning a mid-May start on a $115.5 million residential project to accommodate 340 students.
An occupancy for what will be called Vanderbilt Barnard College is slated for summer 2018, according to a release.
The building will replace the existing 240-bed combination of the 65-year-old Vanderbilt and Barnard residential halls, which front the 2200 block of West End Avenue (see here courtesy of Google Maps).
Funding for the project will come largely from university reserves and philanthropy.
Vanderbilt Barnard College, which was approved by the VU Board of Trust in February, will cater to sophomores, juniors and seniors. It will include apartments for a faculty member and a residential area coordinator, a large dining space, a new kitchen and additional space for academic and programming needs.
The building will be located to the immediate west of the relative new Warren and Moore Colleges structures (see here).
"Residential colleges provide an authentic living/learning environment where Vanderbilt?s core beliefs are manifest," VU Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. "They support our mission of preparing students to be successful, ethical and visionary leaders. Vanderbilt's reputation, the quality and diversity of its student body, and the excellence of its faculty and teaching all continue to rise. The new Vanderbilt Barnard College will further enrich this dynamic environment and support our ability to recruit, retain and educate the most outstanding undergraduates in the world."
A focus of the project will be on student arts organizations. Floor plans include two basement-level dance studio practice spaces and a small first-floor art gallery accessible to the public.
The architect of record is Nashville-based Hastings Architecture Associates will serve as the architect of record, with the design architect to David M. Schwarz Architectural Services of Washington, D.C. Nashville-based RC Mathews Co. is the construction manager.
The Vanderbilt Barnard project is the latest in VU's residential halls overhaul, which began in the mid-2000s with the construction of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons on the Peabody College campus (opened in 2008). In 2014, the aforementioned Warren and Moore Colleges for sophomores, juniors and seniors opened on the former site of the six-building Kissam complex, located at the southwest corner of the West End and 21st avenues intersection.
Demolition of the existing 240-bed Vanderbilt and Barnard halls will begin following VU commencement on May 13.
Students will be able to apply for housing for fall 2018 during the housing selection process in spring 2018.
"It is a great honor to be recognized by my peers for this prestigious distinction. However, it is an even greater privilege to represent the tremendous number of people who have brought me to this point in my career. Architecture is not a solo venture. It takes great clients, contractors, consultants and co-workers. But I would be remiss not to acknowledge the support and influence of my wife, children, parents, brother, and close friends who have inspired and encouraged me along my journey. This Fellowship simply represents the culmination of the countless blessings in my life.
Additionally, I believe Fellowship comes with the ongoing responsibility of carrying the torch for meaningful Architecture and the importance of great design in our daily lives. I embrace this opportunity to be an even louder voice for our profession and the positive impact we have on society for a greater quality of life." - David Powell, FAIA
Read more about the 2016 FAIA Announcement..... American Institute of Architects
Awards for Hastings included:
- Award of Excellence in Masonry
Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge, Nashville, TN
- Honor Award
Middle Tennessee State University Science Building, Murfreesboro, TN
- Merit Award
Bellevue Library, Nashville, TN
The ten projects were unanimously chosen from a field of 73 submittals, all of which received thoughtful consideration. "Our jury became especially animated over projects that made an impact with minimal means. In the end, a number of civic projects and community-focused projects with a social agenda were favored. And innovation within constraints, a limited and unexpected use of materials, and solving tough spatial and site conditions for great impact stood out to us. We didn't set out to look for these at the beginning of the jury, but these issues surfaced in our dialog together as we looked at your collected work."
Jury comments for the Bellevue Library included:
- We saw this project as a strong new addition to its community
- Plan: Site plan talks about the identity of the building to the street, addresses sustainability, and engagement with the
public through active outdoor spaces
- Diagrams: To our jury, the massing of the building with the split between the two halves was the strongest
spatial / organizational idea; the architects were also interested in integrating graphic patterns derived from books and text
- Plan: We noted the strong connection from the entry to the tech commons along the spine
- "Between the books": Massing is its strength; the two bent bars; begin to see landscape elements and different
treatment of each side of the building
- North side: brick pattern and relief
- South side: perforated screen element providing shade and a nice reading area along the south side - both on the
interior and an exterior porch facing the street
- Entry: Landscape elements are beautiful; lovely materials that engage the entry and connect to the site;
compression in the entry sequence through canopy is strong
- Interior spine: many layers in the project - the spine is highlighted by light and the wood carved birds
- Seating: seating along screen on south
- Final slide: one more view of the layers of the project - opening up from the spine
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 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.