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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]

archimania is ranked 13th in design in the US, according to Architect Magazine's annual Top 50 ranking.[3] They work to advance progressive architecture within and beyond their Southern region,[4][5][6][7] viewing each project as an opportunity to lead their community's understanding of the built environment and the value of thoughtful design.[8] They attribute much of their success in design to starting each project with a "visioning charrette" process that helps to begin the important partnership between client and architect.[9]

Honors and awards[edit]

Two of archimania's projects recently won International AIA Religious Art and Architecture Design Awards/IFRAA, with one being an Honor Award.[10][11] Their design for Memphis Teacher Residency also recently received The Architect's Newspaper, 2017 Best of Interior - Workplace Design Award.[12] Two of archimania's projects were recognized as 2016 World Architecture News (WAN) award finalists.[13] The design collective has garnered more than 150 AIA awards, dominating recent local and statewide architecture awards' programs.[14][15][16][17] They won the architectural design competition[18] for Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Governor's Mansion,[19] and Architectural Digest recognized this project as one of "10 Amazing Examples of Subterranean Architecture."[20]

Leaders in Sustainability[edit]

archimania designed the state of Tennessee’s first Net-Zero building, a $3.2 Million welcome center that opened in July 2017.[21][22] The collective is designing a net-zero office by retrofitting two mid-century office buildings. Construction has also begun on a net-zero case study house called civitas, which has been instrumental in allowing the archimania team to demonstrate to clients their knowledge about net-zero, and its viability in Memphis.[23]

archimania designed the first LEED for Homes residence in Tennessee designed and owned by an architect.[24] They have 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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  3. ^ "The Top 50 Firms in Business, Sustainability, and Design". Architect. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2017-12-06. 
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  10. ^ "2017 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture - Faith & Form". Faith & Form. Retrieved 2017-12-06. 
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  13. ^ "WAN Awards". Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
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  18. ^ "Architect Chosen for Conservation Hall Project". 22 September 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  19. ^ Bailey, Jr., Tom (21 March 2010). "American Institute of Architects Memphis honors renovation, innovation". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
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