During the 2010 AIA Convention in Miami we had the opportunity to interview Todd Walker (FAIA) and Barry Alan Yoakum (FAIA), founders of the architecture/design collective Archimania.
Founded in 1995, Archimania has won over 100 awards, including national, regional and local recognition. More importantly though is how the firm has distinguished themselves by their collaborative design approach, no project to big or to small, relationship with their clients, and innovative solutions to creating real value in their architecture.
Featuring a diverse portfolio that pushes the envelope, Archimania is known for their unique client architect relationship. The firm truly emphases teamwork, focusing on an active listening role with clients, resulting in their Visioning Charrette, a design process that is collaborative – creating places that reflect vision.
Archimania is dedicated to their home state of Tennessee, often utilizing local materials in their designs. Setting themselves apart from the crowd, the firm sees each project as a way of further expanding the community’s ideas about the built environment, recognizing the role of an architect within the community not as a passive one, but rather one as a local leader.
Archimania projects at ArchDaily:
More info on their projects after the break:
Archimania office: Provide an upscale, mixed-use development on a narrow slice of infill property in the Cotton Row historic district of Memphis.
House at Powhatan: Project in design phase. Working with client on construction date.
E2 Condos: On the boards. Project awaiting funding.
Lansky 126: Retail space in the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. The Lansky family is known as ‘Clothiers to the King” because family patriarch, Bernard, clothed Elvis throughout his career. Lansky 126, is the latest addition to the collection of stores owned by the Lansky family. Lansky 126, the premium denim store, needed to expand into an adjacent space. The wall separating the two spaces is transformed into an active transition between rooms.
Mercedes-Benz: The goal of the project was to replace an existing service-drive canopy with new drive-in service enclosure, making improvements to existing interior spaces, including service reception, parts boutique, customer lounge, and café.
Paramount Petroleum: Is a green design for an oil company’s campus.