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Restaurants, Schools, & Civic Design

‘Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.’ – Frank Gehry

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Office, Planning, & Programming

‘We shape our buildings: therefore they shape us.’ – Winston Churchill

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On The Boards
Unbuilt Ideas in Process

Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.’ – Louis Kahn

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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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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.


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.


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 1-year Anniversary with the firm.

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

Were you able to come out to  Park(ing) Day  this year?  We were proud to participate for the first time this year, and constructed a “Paper Park” which was a literal interpretation of a park setting using unconventional paper materials.  We teamed up with ZolliKoffee to create a space for people to “refuel, reuse, and renew”.  Our friends at ZolliKoffee generously donated coffee and treats for park patrons,  REFUELING them along the way.  It was important for us to make use of materials that are already around us.  There is a lot of space to fill in a parking spot, and we consciously chose to be selective with our use of materials for our park.  We REUSED large format paper cores from ARC Document Solutions, cardboard boxes from The Wine Chap, and drink carriers and cup sleeves from ZolliKoffee.  To bring the paper theme full circle we teamed up with SoundForest, a local eco-charity, and raffled off live trees to 3 lucky winners.  Since we were using paper, we needed to  RENEW the source.  Check out our   Facebook  &  Instagram  pages for pictures of our park & all of the folks that stopped by to visit.