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Wilson Kessel

Hefferlin + Kronenberg
525 W Main St # A
Chattanooga, TN, 37402-4600
(423) 266-3656


Having been raised in Chattanooga, Wilson has witnessed the development of the city, fueling his passion for architecture. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s College of Architecture + Design and spent a semester studying abroad at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. While in Finland, Wilson realized a higher appreciation for woodworking due to its rich Finnish cultural significance. In his final year at UTK, Wilson spent the majority of his time developing a sustainable – and currently underutilized  – building method with a few of his classmates. Stemming from his interest in traditional Finnish log cabin style construction, he helped progress a method for modern building that incorporates undried oak from the Appalachian Region that saved energy by not drying the wood and was an upcycled or repurposed material from unused palates. The proposal was successfully presented at the Washington D.C. Convention Center for the Environmental Protection Agency and won the People, Prosperity & the Planet Competition. Wilson also has a passion for building furniture in his spare time, as well as working with clay and drawing.