Studio Four Design’s Meghan Frederick Receives Tenn. Architectural License

Knoxville-based top architecture and design firm’s architectural designer passes the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) and completes the requirements for registration in the state of Tennessee

Meghan Frederick - Architectural Designer - Studio Four Design - Knoxville Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.
Jan. 24, 2017 – Meghan Frederick,
architectural designer at Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has passed her Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) and completed the requirements for becoming a licensed architect in the state of Tennessee.

According to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the ARE “concentrates on those services that most affect the public health, safety, and welfare.”  Passing this exam is the last step in completing the licensure process in Tennessee.

“Meghan’s passion for architecture and design is evident in her work at Studio Four Design,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “She has a relentless drive, and passing the ARE and obtaining her professional license is just another step in her progression as a valuable asset to not only Studio Four Design, but to our clients.”

Frederick is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, with a bachelor’s of architecture and a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design. She has been with Studio Four Design since 2014.

“Having both an architectural and design background, working with Studio Four Design has been a perfect fit for me,” said Frederick. “I work mainly in the retail studio.  By obtaining my license, it helps position me and the firm to better serve our retail clients in the state of Tennessee.”

About Studio Four Design Inc.
Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Heather Ripley
Ripley PR
865-977-1973
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Is your Architect listening to you?

For the design team at Knoxville-based Studio Four Design, we live by a simple mantra: Design Matters. Whether we are designing an intimate worship facility, an innovative retail space or the home of a client’s dreams, our architects and interior designers work closely with our clients to help deliver a solution that will inspire and enthrall them for years to come.

Delivering architectural designs that meet client expectations can be a lengthy and involved process at times. The needs and requirements of a client can occasionally be in juxtaposition with architectural requirements due to varying complications, including site selection, local zoning requirements, budgets and a host of other factors. Our architects and interior designers work closely with our clients to help them understand the parameters of what can be created within these constraints to find a common ground to create what the client is looking for.

The prevailing thought for our team can be summed up by the following quote:

“Many can hear, fewer listen and only a handful can effectively execute what was said to begin with.”

If you have worked with an architect or architectural firm in the past and have felt as if they were not truly listening to you, understanding the characteristics of a good listener can help you better determine if they are following your vision or their own. For a designer to be a good listener, they must:

Ask good questions. If your architect listens to your vision and doesn’t offer questions or asks for clarification of your points, the likely conclusion is that they are not truly listening to what you have to say about your project. A good architect has done their homework in advance of your initial consultation and knows the right questions to ask about the problem you need to solve.  They will dive in and probe for deeper understanding of what you are hoping to accomplish.

Be focused and engaged. A good architect will be engaged in conversations and focused on the ideas and concepts that you are presenting. If your architect is distracted by other tasks at hand or is automatically making too many references to similar projects that they can adapt for your solution, the likelihood of you getting something original is low and being unhappy with the design is high.

Document and summarize discussions: As you are explaining your hopes and desires for the project that you are hoping to create with an architect, the lack of note-taking may be a sign that your architect is not fully engaged with your project. An architect that is taking notes, interjecting questions for clarification at the appropriate time and who summarizes your discussion at the end and then follows that up in writing is more likely to understand the goals for your project.

Clarify, not assume: In the same way that a good architect will be taking notes to understand your salient points in regards to your design ideas, a good architect will ask for clarification instead of making an assumption on what hoping to accomplish. Time and money can be wasted in the design process if your architect assumes that your design will need to incorporate some elements that may need to be eliminated or revised due to a lack of understanding.

Present alternatives: Sometimes, there are things a client requests that are not always achievable or practical for a variety of reasons. An architect that is listening to you and engaging in the process will offer creative alternative solutions for consideration that can be a remedy to a potential issue that may not have occurred to you.  Or after evaluating and considering everything they have heard from you they may simply pose another way of creatively solving the problem that you may not have considered. An architect that is not listening to you may gloss over these potential problems or present only one option incorporating more of their own ideas, instead of presenting a solution to you that offers the best potential for a win-win.

There are many designers who take the position that their ideas are what’s best for the situation regardless of how well they respond to what the client has requested. For the designers at Knoxville-based Studio Four Design, our ideology of “Design Matters” means that we focus obsessively on meeting the needs of our clients through design inspiration, hard work and a sense of collaboration between our teams and our clients to create memorable solutions from complex problems. If you are interested in learning how you can leverage the knowledge and expertise of our architects to create a worship facility, retail center, office environment or a home design that you have dreamed of, contact Studio Four Design today.

Katie Moran of Studio Four Design Makes the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List

Project manager for top architecture and design firm honored in the 10th class of 40 Under 40

Katie Moran - Studio Four Design

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Jan. 5, 2017 – Katie Moran, architect and project manager for top architecture and design firm Studio Four Design, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, was named to the 2016 class of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.

Moving from intern architect to project manager at Studio Four Design in just a few short years, Moran has managed several multi-million dollar projects including an addition to Foothills Church, site master plans for Karns Church of Christ, a student ministry building for Grace Baptist Church and the renovation of a former car dealership into a worship space for Memorial Baptist Church.

“I knew at a young age I wanted to design spaces,” said Moran. “I’ve found a great home to do that here in Knoxville at Studio Four Design. Good design has the power to shape people’s lives for the better, and our job is to create buildings that do just that – not just for the businesses and companies in our area, but for people all around the world.”

As a part of a partnership with Mission of Hope International, Moran also traveled to Haiti this past summer to build a soccer field, basketball court and café in an area damaged during a 2010 earthquake. Moran is also secretary of the American Institute of Architects’ East Tennessee Education Commission, and encourages girls to consider architecture careers, mentors architects who are studying for their licensing exams, and shares her expertise with the community.

“Katie is a great example of someone who uses her talents and passion to improve the lives of the people she serves,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “So it’s no surprise that she’s being honored in the 40 Under 40. Her drive for community involvement is not only evident in her work at Studio Four, but in her everyday life. We’re very blessed to have her on our team.”

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Heather Ripley
Ripley PR
865-977-1973
hripley@ripleypr.com

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