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archimania is a collective of architects and designers in downtown Memphis, Tennessee’s South Main Historic Arts District. The collective was founded in 1995 and is led by Todd Walker, FAIA,[1] and Barry Alan Yoakum, FAIA.[2]

Garnering national attention in 2016, archimania was ranked 20th in design by Architect Magazine.[3] They view each project as a unique opportunity to lead the community's understanding of the built environment and the value of design.[4] archimania has been instrumental in advancing progressive architecture within and beyond their region.[5][6][7][8] They attribute much of their success in design to a distinct "visioning charrette" process.[9] Internationally, two of their projects were recognized as 2016 World Architecture News (WAN) award finalists.[10]

Honors and awards[edit]

The design collective has garnered more than 150 AIA awards, dominating the 2016 statewide architecture awards.[11][12][13] They won the architectural design competition[14] for Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Governor's Mansion,[15] and Architectural Digest recognized this project as one of "10 Amazing Examples of Subterranean Architecture."[16] archimania's Hattiloo Theater and Live at the Garden projects were both shortlisted for WAN Performing Spaces Awards in 2016.[17]

Leaders in Sustainability[edit]

archimania designed the state of Tennessee’s first Net-Zero building[18] and the first LEED for Homes residence in Tennessee designed and owned by an architect.[19] The firm has also designed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver and Gold certified buildings per USGBC's criteria. One of the primary goals of archimania's LEED Gold certified Conservation Hall project, at the Tennessee Governor's Mansion (spearheaded by First Lady Andrea Conte), was to encourage energy-efficient operation and minimize its environmental impact.

Notable projects[edit]


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  14. ^ "Architect Chosen for Conservation Hall Project". 22 September 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  15. ^ Bailey, Jr., Tom (21 March 2010). "American Institute of Architects Memphis honors renovation, innovation". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  16. ^ Wisniewski, Katherine. "10 Amazing Examples of Subterranean Architecture | Architectural Digest". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  17. ^ "WAN:: 2016 WAN Performing Spaces award shortlist announced by WAN AWARDS". Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
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