Hunter is a Principal at Smith Gee Studio and, for more than 25 years, has committed his career to building great communities and buildings. Throughout, he has actualized his passion for placemaking 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. He has been involved with many of Nashville’s urban revitalization efforts including The Gulch, SoBro, the iconic Ascend Amphitheater and civic park along the downtown riverfront, and more recently with the redevelopment of the historic Neuhoff meat-packing complex.
Hunter has considerable expertise in the successful management and implementation of large, complex, mixed-use and planning projects by working diligently with clients, government officials, community groups and other stakeholders. He’s been active with mixed-income, workforce, and affordable housing projects as well including Ryman Lofts, Nashville’s largest public housing redevelopment, Envision Cayce, which includes the award-winning Kirkpatrick Park, and more recently with the Westside District of Chattanooga.
In addition to his work as an architect, Hunter has extensive experience overseeing entitlement services, working with local authorities, and for 8 years served as a Planning Commissioner and Historic Zoning Commissioner.
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Licenses + Certifications:
FAIA, 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…
Cheering on my daughter’s volleyball team, the Nashville Predators, and Tennessee Titans.
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!