Your Team

For us, design is not a 9 to 5 job… it’s a way of life.  Our inspiration comes from unexpected moments and focused collaboration.  We use this to create a story unique to each project.  We respect the design process and the people, so everything we do is curated in partnership with you.  Here are the fun-loving designers and managers who make it all happen.

And in case we get a Lifetime movie documenting our story someday, hover over pics to see who we’ve pegged as our celebrity counterparts.


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Erin Metelka, NCIDQ

Interior Designer


Rule of Thumb

Design is a behavior, not a department

Rule of Thumb

Design is a behavior, not a department

Education

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, University of Tennessee 2012

Affiliations

IIDA, NCIDQ

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Matt Johnson

Production Tech


Rule of Thumb

Focus: When driving a nail, always focus on the nail head and not the hammer.

Rule of Thumb

Focus: When driving a nail, always focus on the nail head and not the hammer.

Education

Bachelor of Science, East Tennessee State University, 2010

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Emily Palmer, AIA, LEED Green Assoc.

Project Architect


Rule of Thumb

If you have to ask yourself “Is it navy or black?” then it’s navy. There’s no mistaking black.

Rule of Thumb

If you have to ask yourself “Is it navy or black?” then it’s navy. There’s no mistaking black.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 2013

Registrations

TN

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Tayler Johnston

Interior Designer


Education

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, University of Tennessee 2017


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Maxi Frank, AIA, LEED Green Associate

Project Architect


Education

Bachelor of Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee 2011

Registrations

TN

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Aaron Jernigan

Production Tech


Education

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Science, Western Kentucky University 2016

Affiliations

AIA Assoc.

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Stacy Cox, AIA

Principal | President


Rule of Thumb

Character Counts: You can lead without character… but character is what makes you a leader worth following. – Andy Stanley

Rule of Thumb

Character Counts: You can lead without character… but character is what makes you a leader worth following. – Andy Stanley

Stacy’s outgoing and fun loving nature is complimented by his dedication to serving God, his family, his teammates and others.   He is an experienced and results driven leader constantly looking for opportunities to improve himself, his team and the service they provide to others.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 1993

Registrations

TN

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Gigi Carpenter

Office Manager


Rule of Thumb

Brains vs Brawn: Work smarter, not harder.

Rule of Thumb

Brains vs Brawn: Work smarter, not harder.

As our undeniable office ‘mom’, Gigi constantly asks “what can I do to help?” so her team can stay focused on great design and outstanding service. After handling accounts at some of the biggest companies in Knoxville – including a stint in Baghdad –she literally keeps the office running day-to-day, handling our payables and collections (boo), receivables and payroll (yay), and is the sweet southern voice which greets you each time you call our office. Roll Tide!

Affiliations

American Payroll Association, East TN Chapter, former President and Vice-President

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Macy Clower

Architectural Designer


Rule of Thumb

Listening to your body: If you don’t know what you want, it’s probably sleep.

Rule of Thumb

Listening to your body: If you don’t know what you want, it’s probably sleep.

Macy have a passion for helping others and plans to use her design skills to help continue this passion. Above all, she don’t ever want to ever stop learning or feeding her knowledge for design. Every day is a learning experience.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 2016

Affiliations

AIA Assoc.

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Kevin Diegel, AIA

Principal | Operations Director


Rule of Thumb

Ranchers Rule: – Always leave a gate the way you found it, and always return a borrowed tool in better shape than when you borrowed it.

Rule of Thumb

Ranchers Rule: – Always leave a gate the way you found it, and always return a borrowed tool in better shape than when you borrowed it.

Kevin is the constant communicator and believes that open, honest communication with additional ingredients of collaboration and a little bit of common sense creates the basis of a sound foundation for any successful project. The ability to really listen first and to fully understand what is being communicated before taking action is at the heart of his respectful attitude.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 1976

Registrations

TN

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Mike Keller, AIA, NCARB

Senior Designer


Rule of Thumb

Arguing Your Case: If you have the facts, pound the facts; if you have the law, pound the law; if you have neither, pound the table.

Rule of Thumb

Arguing Your Case: If you have the facts, pound the facts; if you have the law, pound the law; if you have neither, pound the table.

Mike finds that the route is as important as the destination; a coordinated team approach the best vehicle. By gaining a thorough understanding of the goals to be met and then applying the appropriate mix of disciplines to define the final solution, Mike creates thoughtful solutions that respond to the client’s goals and objectives.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 1990
Associate’s Degree, Drafting and Design Engineering Technology, West Virginia Institute of Technology, 1985

Registrations

TN

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Katie Moran, AIA

Project Manager


Rule of Thumb

Picking a Calm Puppy: Pick a puppy whose tail wags in sync with its walk.

Rule of Thumb

Picking a Calm Puppy: Pick a puppy whose tail wags in sync with its walk.

Katie’s education and work background have instilled a move for collaboration.  You’ll see this in her interactions with co-workers, clients and consultants, and it translates wholly into each of her designs.  Her spirit for community involvement is expressed not only through her work, but in her everyday life.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 2010

Registrations

TN

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Brian Nicholson, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Project Manager


Rule of Thumb

It’s Complicated:  Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

Rule of Thumb

It’s Complicated:  Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

Brian is a devoted family man and outdoorsman who cares deeply about his community and environment. He thrives on finding clarity in complicated situations.

Education

BA University of Tennessee

Registrations

TN

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Jacene Phillips, AIA

Senior Project Manager


Rule of Thumb

Be genuine: If you are genuine then people are more inclined to believe you, even if they don’t always like what you have to say. It is also easier to be your true self and exhausting to try to fake it.

Rule of Thumb

Be genuine: If you are genuine then people are more inclined to believe you, even if they don’t always like what you have to say. It is also easier to be your true self and exhausting to try to fake it.

Jacene is in it for the warm fuzzy feeling. She wants to improve people’s lives through architecture by bettering where you live, where you work and where you play.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 1995

Registrations

TN

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Brian Russell

Architectural Designer


Rule of Thumb

Captive Audience: When speaking to an audience, keep in mind that only 25% of people can effectively conjure a visual image in their heads.

Rule of Thumb

Captive Audience: When speaking to an audience, keep in mind that only 25% of people can effectively conjure a visual image in their heads.

Brian has worked on a variety of projects including higher education, residential, commercial, and numerous church projects. Utilizing his educational training and design experience, he is eager to begin tackling the challenges that come with each new project. Brian is enthusiastic about continuing his career with Studio Four Design and is looking forward to continuing his involvement in the Knoxville community.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee , 2010

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Michaela Stanfill

Production Tech


Rule of Thumb

Hitchhiker’s Philosophy: Never step on what you can step over, and never step over what you can step around.

Rule of Thumb

Hitchhiker’s Philosophy: Never step on what you can step over, and never step over what you can step around.

I try to take advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow, and make the most of every situation. You could say I am an extreme optimist.

Education

Associates degree from PSTCC in Architectural Design Technology, 2016