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

The design firm has been instrumental in advancing progressive architecture in Memphis.[3][4][5] Its work is informed by the desire to integrate responsible sustainable design approaches with a mixture of modernism and regional vernacularism.[citation needed] Although some designs have been criticized by preservationists as being "too out there" and "not Southern enough,"[citation needed] archimania adheres to a basic design principle that seeks to knit their unique spaces and architecture into the surrounding environment.[citation needed] Their work creates a rich dialogue about what architecture is and what it can be.[citation needed] Their projects include the Conservation Hall and a renovation of the Tennessee Governor's Mansion. They also completed the GE5 townhouses in Memphis where the design "flirts between modern and historic architecture" with "a clean design that captures the interchange between old and new." [6]

The firm has garnered more than 150 design awards[7] and was ranked by ARCHITECT magazine in 2015 as the #43 design firm in the U.S.[8] In 2006, the firm won the architectural design competition[9] for Conservation Hall at the Tennessee Governor's Mansion.[10] The addition is mostly underground, with as its centerpiece "a meeting room capable of seating 160 guests, more for receptions, backed by a glass-walled oval atrium and courtyard that opens to the sky and channels light through the space surrounding it." One of the goals of the renovation/addition, spearheaded by First Lady Andrea Conte, was to encourage energy-efficient operation and minimize its environmental impact. To that end, it was designed as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) Gold Certified building per USGBC criteria. Many of its materials used were reclaimed: the wood for a staircase came from 200-year-old logs fallen to the bottom of the Tennessee River, and materials for floors were retrieved from old, local buildings, including barns.[11]

Notable projects[edit]


Andrew Parks, Visualization Artist & Designer
Anthony DiNolfo
Ashley Crockett, Marketing/Communications Manager
Barry Alan Yoakum, FAIA, Legacy LEED® AP
Chloe Lane, Assoc. AIA
David Pang, RA
Greg Price, RA, LC
Hannah Papa, Interior Designer
Jacob Davis, AIA, LEED® AP
Kayce Williford, AIA
Matt Seltzer, RA, LEED® AP
Stephanie Wexler, NCIDQ, IIDA
Susan Dalhoff, Business Manager
Todd Steele, LEED® BD+C
Todd Walker, FAIA
Will Randolph, Assoc. AIA


  1. ^ Bailey, Jr., Tom (16 June 2009). "Innovative Memphis architect quite a fellow Walker joins select few with AIA honor". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Weber, Cheryl (11 July 2008). "House Proud: What architects learn about their profession and themselves by designing their own abode.". Architect Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hattiloo selects archimania to design 'statement' theater in Overton Square", By Tom Bailey Jr. Posted April 24, 2012
  4. ^ "Engaging architecture: Top honors go to archimania..." By Tom Bailey Jr. Originally published 12:00 a.m., April 1, 2012
  5. ^ "Archimania snags top architecture honors, Marty Gorman wins Gassner Award" By Cassandra Kimberly. Posted April 5, 2009
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  9. ^ "Architect Chosen for Conservation Hall Project". 22 September 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Bailey, Jr., Tom (21 March 2010). "American Institute of Architects Memphis honors renovation, innovation". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Locker, Richard (29 September 2009). "Memphians planned governor's mansion change: Architects envisioned underground spaces". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
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  13. ^ "SkyCottage / archimania". 
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