Hunter is a Principal at Smith Gee Studio with more than two decades of experience in the planning and architecture industry. Throughout his career, Hunter has carried out his passion for place-making through large-scale master planned communities, urban redevelopment, public-sector planning and visioning, and the design of mixed-use, multi-family, commercial, civic and educational buildings.
Hunter has considerable expertise in the management of large, complex, mixed-use projects and working with community groups and local government, including The Gulch in Nashville, Pensacola’s Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan and Huntsville’s first major urban redevelopment, Twickenham Square. He, along with a multi-disciplinary team prepared the South of Broadway Strategic Plan for the southern part of downtown Nashville and the Envision Cayce Redevelopment Plan for one of Nashville’s largest public housing communities. Hunter is the principal in charge of the West Riverfront Amphitheater for which Smith Gee Studio is the Architect of Record, as well as two new mixed-use buildings in Wedgewood Houston (Who), Nashville’s new maker community.
A native Nashvillian, Hunter has dedicated his career to making Nashville a world-class city to live, work, play and visit. He is an active member in the local design community, having served as President of the Nashville Civic Design Center and Chairman of Nashville’s Urban Land Institute. In 2007 Hunter received the Nashville Chamber’s Emerging Leader Award. He currently sits on the Metro Planning Commission and the Metro Historic Zoning Commission. When he is not serving at the Sonny West Conference Center, you might find Hunter and his family at the Shelby Park ball fields or greenway.
Hunter is a licensed Architect and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee.
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Licenses + Certifications:
FAIA, NCARB, Licensed Architect – TN
School(s) and Degree(s):
University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Architecture
To me “connecting the dots” means….
… connecting people and connecting ideas to leverage investments and add value to a project.
When not at work you will find me…
At the Sonny West Conference Center
I bet you didn’t know______ about me
I jumped out of a plane from 14,000 ft. with my mom
My favorite place in Nashville is…
Henry Hollow Loop Creekside trail at Beaman Park
The reason I wanted to become an Architect/Designer was…
Mike Brady. I mean, six kids, live-in maid, Hawaii, Grand Canyon, and he hardly ever worked! Ha!