Tiny Homes

  This story begins in Spring 2016. I went to Architecture School at the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design in Tampa. Two professors whom I admire, Josue Robles Caraballo and Mike Lemieux, decided to join together to take on the task of putting together a group of students to design … Continued

Chronicles of Building Stairs

The Chronicles of Building Stairs…..   As architects and designers, we’ve probably all been on a job site at some point in our careers where our knowledge and understanding of how something is built has come into question. It takes a thorough understanding of how things are assembled and the knowledge of how tools are … Continued


Three of our employees went to Miami this past month, including myself. The area I enjoyed the most was Wynwood. Everywhere you look in Wynwood there is art. The walls, the facades, sidewalks, telephone poles… all covered in art. There was so much energy and imagination everywhere! We thought it would make a perfect topic … Continued

The Great Eight

It’s been eight years since Smith Gee Studio turned on the light switch, and we have a lot to be proud of. “It seems like just yesterday we had started, and then we celebrated 5 years, and now we are celebrating eight years. I can’t believe it! I’m so thankful that we still have great … Continued


It’s no secret that the profession of architecture has adapted over the years. With the waves of new technology, VR headsets, holographic models, and Bjarke Ingels, there is still something magical about old school drafting instruments. If you’ve got a few rings in your tree (as Ali would say) you may remember being apart of … Continued


As a suburban kid raised in Mississippi, transit was never a priority to me or even on my radar.  I lived in a society that was solely car dependent.  It wasn’t until after college (2003) that I first experienced the value transit provides.  My first job from college was as an urban planner in Princeton, … Continued


This week at Smith Gee’s DRT (Design Round Table, where one of our own teaches and shares with the firm weekly),  Andy Berry made….I mean invited…us all to draw with sticks! Here’s a few words from Andy: “When I was in school, we used to draw a lot with sticks and ink.  We’d use watercolor … Continued

Pets of SGS

Meet our best friends! For future reference: floofy (floofiness) – Blend of fluffy +‎ poofy Adjective floofy (comparative more floofy, superlative most floofy) (informal) Feathery; puffy, light, airy or windswept. (colloquial) Elaborate, frilly, fussy or overwrought in a silly or purely decorative way. (colloquial) Fluttery; emotional, worked up, especially over inconsequentials.     Name: Zoe – The Official Smith Gee Studio Office Dog ™ Owner: Sonya Smith and Fleming Smith Top three traits: (1) smart and sensitive (2) outgoing- never met a stranger (3) longest … Continued

Holidays wih

(Disclaimer: Jonathan’s views on holidays do not reflect Smith Gee Studio’s views on holidays.). Judging by the increased traffic on the streets and eager looks in children’s eyes, the holiday season has arrived.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against this time of year and the accompanying festivities, it just seems like too much … Continued


With the Holidays approaching, you’ll find Holiday cards filling up your mail boxes and your spam folders. From your co-workers to your loved ones to the Grahams, who just keep adding “a blessing” to their family every year, Holiday cards are a ritual of the season; complete with forced smiling faces, uncomfortably looking children, and … Continued


Americans gather each year on the fourth Thursday in November with family and friends to give thanks for all of our many blessings. Thanksgiving originated as a harvest festival and has transformed in modern times into a day of football, family, and feasting. Smith Gee Studio gathered on the third Thursday in November to celebrate … Continued

Rural Studio

Hello all! My journey into the wonderful profession of Architecture and Design began at Auburn University. You might be thinking, oh man I wonder if she got to go to the rockstar program known as Rural Studio? Well folks, I had the absolute privilege to not only complete my architectural thesis study at Rural Studio, … Continued


“HEAR YE, HEAR YE! Calling all ghosts and ghouls!!”  Each year Smith Gee Studio answers the call to participate in our building’s Halloween decorations competition. Our office mayyy have a little too much fun with this competition.  And while we’ve won the competition in our category the past TWO years.. we like to push the … Continued

Top Golf

Everyone knows Nashville is the “It City” right now, also said to be “Hot” or “On Fire”, but not literal fire like the great East Nashville fire of 1916. Bet you didn’t expect me to hit you with some local history so early into this blog post did you? Nope. Well since Nashville has become … Continued

Black Spectacles

It has become apparent to me that most architectural students and later emerging professionals are average or below average at taking standardized tests. I might be wrong, it just seems like there are only a few brilliant or lucky ones that we all envy. But show of hands…. how many of you are one of … Continued


We’re excited to showcase our collaboration with Ragan Smith to envision the new West Trinity Masterplan along a portion of North Nashville. This vision would transform the West Trinity Lane corridor to allow for commercial and residential buildings, riverfront development and several vehicular and pedestrian bridges to span the Cumberland River. Please follow the link … Continued


Plants are awesome, and having plants in the office has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, increase productivity, reduce sickness, increase creativity, provide cleaner breathing air, and just create an overall more pleasant environment. Many of us, however, do not have green thumbs. This guide is for those people. We will go over five … Continued


We’re very excited to announce that after four years, Harpeth Square, the multimillion dollar project in downtown Franklin, will break ground next week! Harpeth Associates teamed up with Smith Gee Studio to implement the 150 Unit Mixed-Use building as well as The Harpeth, a 119 luxury guest room 4 1/2 star boutique hotel. A 5-story … Continued


Well it’s over. Park(ing) Day has come and gone. And it. Was. A. Smashing. Success. We were aiming to top last year’s awesome CraneCity (if you don’t know what that is, you’re dearly missing out, and should go see our Instagram post @smithgeestudio) And I believe we did that, with a little help from some … Continued


Death Masks and Body Bags|Walking with Ghosts Yesenia Vega – Masters Project University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design   My masters project consists of two parallel explorations, “Death Masks & Body Bags:An Analysis On Death Theory and Mortuary Rituals” and “Walking with Ghosts: A Funerary Path In A Mexican Landscape.” The … Continued