She's UnBEElievable!

This year I have started keeping bees. Below are some fun facts that led me to and keep me interested in my hobby. TYPES OF BEES Honey bees are actually not native to the U.S.. Many found in the US are from Europe and Africa. The friendliness of your honey bees depends on the type … Continued

Transit Now Nashville

This month in Nashville we celebrate Transit! The Transit Now Nashville organization has a mission to engage the Nashville community to promote a vibrant transit system. Within the organization each board member has different reasons for serving Transit Now Nashville. However, common goals keep them focused on their mission: + Educate the Community to Increase Ridership … Continued

Show and Tell

Here at Smith Gee Studio, we’re a unique bunch. Aside from our passion for design, we also like to come home and obsess over other things. And because we like getting to know our employees, we decided to throw our first (and definitely not last) office Show & Tell to shed a light on what … Continued

How to Choose a Firm

It’s “career day” season! So we know there is a lot weighing on future graduates’ minds. On the one hand, you need a job. On the other hand, you will be at this job 40 hours a week, 50-ish weeks a year and would prefer for it to be an enjoyable experience. You don’t want … Continued

3D Printing in Architecture

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, uses a three-dimensional digital model to create a three-dimensional physical model of that object. 3D printing is also called additive manufacturing because of its printing process; the 3D printer prints material layer by layer in an additive process, until the model is complete. This is a different process from the … Continued

2018 Year in Review

As we embark on the New Year, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on all the awesome that happened in 2018 at Smith Gee Studio. So here we go, a Year-in-Review!   -We added 6 new family members! Ron Yearwood, Rachel Elbon, Rachel Thornton, Elizabeth Kurtz, Brenda Geoghagan, and Laura Sherborne.   -We … Continued

Architecture of the DeadArchitecture of the Dead

It is common knowledge that architects and designers in general like to curate and hand pick every detail in their life down to the last moment. From the color scheme wardrobe to the font on their wedding invitations. So, what a surprise to read that we even like to dabble in the design of personal … Continued

Take A Stand

As architects, a lot of our career is spent at a desk.  According to Quartz Magazine and the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Architects spend 70-75% of their day sitting at their desks. This is much higher than the national average of 40%. Millennial’s and their annoying focus on health and happiness has caused … Continued

New Hires

Another year means another [Park]ing Day! An international holiday I dare say to celebrate public planning and green space, where people turn metered parking spots into creative and engaging parkletts! SGS has gladly participated for the last six years, and boy do we kill it every year. I mean if you haven’t heard of SGS … Continued

New Hires

We are so pumped to announce our four new hires! As tradition goes, a personal self-portrait on our sweet bench is a must, as well as a couple of questions to start getting to know these excitingly fun new people! Take a look! Elizabeth Kurtz 1. Whats your favorite summer activity? Thinking about doing something … Continued

The Dolemites, The Mastadons, And a Pineapple

New York City. City that never sleeps. City of lights, glitz, glam, and a density that is hard to fathom. The natives move quickly and with a kind of rhythm, which usually includes headphones and tuning out the outside busy world around them. To Architects like us “the City” is fascinating, mostly because of its … Continued

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Father’s Day! To recognize the Fathers in our office, we decided to ask them to highlight their best/worst Father’s Day gifts. Of course, that wouldn’t be complete without a solid Dad Joke to go along with it. And then top it off with a little nugget of wisdom their fathers once told them. Let’s … Continued

Crawfish

Alright. There are lots of ways to cook bugs but this is my method. When you get the crawfish, leave them in the bag and just add some ice to the cooler.  pull the drain plug and prop the cooler up so water doesn’t pool in the bottom of the cooler when it starts to … Continued

Happy Mothers Day

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! To recognize all of the mom’s in our office on Mother’s Day, we decided to ask their families and loved-ones a few questions about how special they are! Lets meet our moms! ANJONA  –  pronounced – [ on-jon-a – or our ray of sunshine ] My mom’s favorite thing to do is… ? she … Continued

[Re]building Together

I am a pessimist and a realist; I know myself pretty well (multiple years of therapy have helped). But still, I like to think that most people want to do good and really want to help others. Whether it is buying a Contributor or giving spare change to the Salvation Army at Christmastime, I want … Continued

Dave Throws Pots

Many non-design professionals may feel that architects have picked a super-cool creative profession that fulfills all of our creative needs. That is not always the case.  Buildings take a long time to design and even longer to build. Sometimes, we need another creative outlet that offers a more immediate sense of completion and gratification.  Some … Continued

Wes Anderson

In lieu of Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, Isle of Dogs, we thought we should take a moment and acknowledge the mustard yellow elephant in the hotel lobby: Architects have a thing for Wes. We do. From Day 01 in design school, it’s almost a rite of passage to be made aware of his work, a … Continued

Interview

Searching for a job can be extremely stressful, especially if you have been to 6 interviews, tried your absolute best, and have no idea why you are not receiving any offers. Smith Gee Studio attended career day at the University of Tennessee a few weeks ago, where we interviewed and talked with dozens of aspiring … Continued

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