• Community
    Restaurants, Schools, & Civic Design

    'Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.' - Frank Gehry

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  • Commercial
    Office, Planning, & Programming

    'We shape our buildings: therefore they shape us.' - Winston Churchill

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  • Residential
    New Homes, Renovations, & Additions

    'The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams.' - Robert A. M. Stern

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  • On The Boards
    Unbuilt Ideas in Process

    'Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.' - Louis Kahn

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why Studio 8

At Studio Eight Design, our goal is to make a positive impact on the built environment by considering the big picture for our clients, building users, and communities.  We work to provide the highest level of service to our clients by listening carefully, paying attention to details, and providing creative solutions to any problem.  Regardless of the type or size of the project, we are personally invested and committed to excellence in everything we do.

who we are

We are creative problem-solvers, team-players, and passionate individuals that enjoy unique opportunities in partnership with our clients.  Pushing ourselves beyond the obvious solutions allows us to arrive at more meaningful architecture.  Our team chemistry is our greatest strength. We take the concept of “studio” beyond the physical arrangement of our office.  We tap into the individual strengths of each team member on every design challenge, always maintaining an open, fun environment that fosters the creative design process.


Effective March 19th:

Out of precaution in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus issue, we have implemented a Work-From-Home policy for our staff. We are working full time, and we will be checking mail daily & remain connected via phone and email. If you need to reach us in an emergency, please call Matt Taylor at 615.308.4751. We hope to return full-time to the office soon.

We wish all the best for our Friends, Clients, Vendors, and Families during this time.

Thank you for understanding, and please be safe.


231 Public Square was presented with two awards at this year's Preservation Awards by the Heritage Foundation! The first was for Preservation through Rehabilitation (Commercial), and the second for Craftsmanship. Congratulations to the entire team who contributed to the vision, design, and construction of this landmark project on the Square in Downtown Franklin. Special thanks to Bernie Butler, Brian Schiedemeyer and Anna Ruth Kimbrough for years of dedication, hard work and attention to all of the details that made this project a success!


We are very happy to announce a few staff promotions & milestones:

  • Anna Ruth Kimbrough has been named a Principal.
  • Heather Robers has been named a Senior Associate.
  • Jennifer Atcher has been named an Associate.
  • Brittany Doseck celebrated her 2-year Anniversary with the firm.

We are tremendously proud of each one of these outstanding people!