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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Studio Four Design 2016 Year in Review

As we enter into the end of 2016, the team at Studio Four Design in Knoxville has been taking a look back at an amazing year for our team. From industry recognition to new work that we have designed for our clients, everyone at Studio Four is grateful for an outstanding 2016 and is looking forward to what we will accomplish in 2017!

Highlights from this year for Studio Four Design include: Studio Four Design 2016 Year in Review

Our Awards: This year, Studio Four Design was graced with a number of awards, including the 2016 Knox Heritage “Fantastic Fifteen” Preservation Award, a 2016 Solomon Award for our work with Northstar Church, as well as our debut on the prestigious Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5000 List”  of the fastest growing business in 2016.

Partnerships and Features: 2016 was an amazing year for Studio Four Design with new partnerships, including work on an industry recognized design for Walker’s Automotive, an eco-park design that we created in collaboration with DENSO Manufacturing and a new dealership facility for the Doug Justus Auto Center in Knoxville. In addition, Studio Four Design was featured in a national book about Employee Engagement, recognizing our development of new techniques while also working with a growing pie franchise to ensure their brand consistency.

Church and Worship Facility Design and Engagement: A hallmark of our capabilities in 2016 was the work that the Studio Four Design teams accomplished for church and worship facility design and engagement throughout the year. Studio Four Design worked with Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville on their new athletics facility, were selected for a new church renovation for OneLife Church while Stacy Cox, architect and principal of Studio Four Design, was selected to speak at the WFX 2016 Conference on ‘How Design Can Influence Your Ministry’.

Team Growth: 2016 marked another milestone for the team at Studio Four Design, as we reached the 20 employee mark, the largest staff in our history. Our new hires in 2016 included Michelle Barton, who joined our team in April of 2016 and Matt Johnson, who was hired in May of 2016.

Giving Back: The team at Studio Four Design is dedicated to stewardship for our community, which included a number of outreach programs in 2016. This year marked the 10th year that we have provided Thanksgiving for women in transitional housing at the YWCA, while we also participated in the “Canstruction 2016” event on behalf of 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Our teams also worked on the Rebuild Together project this year, which provide an accessible ramp and art studio for a disabled veteran in our area. One of the most important projects that we were honored to work on this year involved our work with Whitestone Church & Partners in Hope to raise $25,000 to start Phase 1 of the Sports & Discipleship project in Grand Goave, Haiti. We have been honored to give back to those in need in 2016 and we are looking forward to even more projects in the coming year.

2016 was the year that Studio Four Design of Knoxville celebrated our 14th anniversary and the team at Studio Four Design is honored by the awards, recognition that we have received this year and are looking forward to new challenges and opportunities to give back in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about the architecture and design capabilities of Studio Four Design in Knoxville and how our team can assist you with your next project in the coming year, contact us today.

 

Grace Baptist Church Unveils New Student Ministry Center Designed by Studio Four Design

Local church celebrates the opening of new 24,000 square foot student ministry center, designed by Knoxville-based architectural and design firm, this past Sunday

Grace Student Ministry Center - Designed by Studio Four Design - Knoxville Tennessee

The new Grace Baptist Church student ministry center, designed by Studio Four Design and built by Merit Construction, features a 700 seat auditorium, a lobby with a café, a large game room, staff offices, meeting rooms and quiet spaces for studying and small group fellowship. Photos courtesy of Merit Construction.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. December 20, 2016 – Grace Baptist Church, a Knoxville-based church with the goal of changing lives that change the world, celebrated the opening of their new 24,000 square foot student ministry center, designed by worship facility specialists and top architecture and design firm Studio Four Design, this past Sunday, December 18.

The new facility, which was built by Merit Construction, features a 700 seat auditorium, a lobby with a café, a large game room, staff offices, meeting rooms and quiet spaces for studying and small group fellowship.

“The theme behind this new student center is ‘a third place,’” said Bobby Thompson, student pastor at Grace Baptist Church. “Students spend time at home and they spend time at school, and after these two places, nearly all of them have a third place that they spend time at. We want this building to be that third place.”

The previous student ministry took place in a shared space, however about two and a half years ago, the leadership at Grace Baptist Church felt like it was time to make the move to a dedicated facility because they had student services that were reaching max capacity. With the help of Studio Four Design, they dreamed up visions of what they wanted the new space to look and feel like, and began building concepts.

“Studio Four was very resourceful and instrumental in the creative process,” said Thompson. “They’re very knowledgeable, and I can ask questions – even ones that don’t have to do with architecture or design – and they’ll answer them. They sat down with me and asked about our vision and what we wanted to accomplish. We took that conversation and together we designed each space in the new center intentionally.”

“When adding to your campus, it’s so important that you discover what aligns with your goals as a church,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “When we began working with Bobby and the rest of the leadership at Grace, we knew that first and foremost we wanted an auditorium that would handle the amount of students that they currently have while also keeping an eye on growth in the future. Once we knew that, and the theme of ‘a third place,’ we were able to work together to come up with some really interesting concepts that encourage students to spend time at the center.”

For more information about Grace Baptist Church and the new student ministry center, visit http://www.gracebc.org/.

For more information about Studio Four Design, visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

About Grace Baptist Church

Founded in 1916, Grace Baptist Church’s goal is to change lives that change the world. They believe that this can only be achieved by sharing Christ with others through “Developing Disciples Who Develop Disciples.” Grace offers two services on Sunday morning, along with bible studies and other activities throughout the week. To find out more, call 865-691-8886 or visit http://www.gracebc.org/.

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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Studio Four Design works with University of Tennessee on revisions to Thompson-Boling Arena

The University of Tennessee will begin a new phase of renovation work at Thompson-Boling Arena in January, 2017 and the team at Studio Four Design is honored to have been selected to work on the project.Mens Locker Room Renderings - Thompson-Boling Arena - Studio Four Design

The work will include the addition of four new locker rooms to the west side of the Arena that will be used by visiting basketball team, the Tennessee volleyball program and for special events that are held at the facility.
Womens Locker Room Renderings - Thompson-Boling Arena - Studio Four Design

The next phase of the renovation will begin in May, with renovations to the men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms that will enhanced, enlarged and modernized with the latest technological enhancements. Additionally, this next phase will included expansions for the on-site athletic training facility that will be used by both basketball programs.

“We’ve been doing projects with the athletic department, particularly in the arena, for about a decade,”Concourse Restroom Renderings - Thompson-Boling Arena - Studio Four Design said Brian Nicholson, senior project manager at Studio Four Design. “We are nearly all University of Tennessee alumni or UT sports fans, and so we are thrilled at any chance we get to work on these kinds of projects. When the renovations are complete, not only will the players have the most up to date locker rooms and training facilities, they will also have several social spaces where they can build comradery. In addition, the new bathroom expansions for the entire arena will consist of new fixtures and finishes to enhance the facilities, along an increase in women’s restrooms, the addition of hot water in the new and renovated restroom sinks, and better handicap accessibility.”

Renderings, from top to bottom: UT men’s basketball locker room, UT women’s basketball locker room, concourse restrooms.