Our Purpose

At HK Architects, we strive to positively affect people’s lives with good design. In everything we do, our goal is to use our building spaces and the materials we build with in the most efficient, ethical, and sustainable way possible. Nothing should go to waste, whether it’s space, resources, materials, or time. We recreate existing spaces through restoration and renovation. We plan every building around natural daylight and the land the building will inhabit. We believe in quality designs that last, and we invest in these designs because they’re good business — for you and for us. 

Since our award-winning practice was founded two decades ago, we’ve been joined by more than twenty talented design professionals. Our multi-faceted design team includes registered architects, interior designers, and LEED accredited professionals. This distinctly versatile team is reflected in a diverse portfolio that includes everything from adaptive reuse projects and open concept offices to private residences and school campuses. Our studio is fully dedicated to the design and construction of high quality, transformative projects.

Our Team

Our team is the foundation of our business. We are idea builders and team players, innovators and do-gooders. We credit the continuous growth of our firm over the past two decades to one thing — we’re the kind of people you want to work with again.



Our Values

We respect the history, spirit, and infrastructure of existing spaces, and we’re experts at marrying modern innovation with past preservation.

From commercial offices to master plans, open spaces improve movement, inspire connection, and invite discovery.

Teamwork — in our office, with our clients, and in our communities — guides us towards the solutions that best serve us all.

We’re careful to use available resources — time, money, and materials — to their utmost, being mindful of waste and quick to find ways to recycle or reuse.

We’ve found that designs and layouts that decrease distractions and increase openness lead to better experiences.

Whether a LEED project, an energy-efficient design, or increased access to natural light, sustainability pays back dividends to owners and tenants.


Our work has been widely recognized with numerous awards and recognitions, including honors from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, Regional Planning Agencies, and Product and Trade Organizations. Many of our projects have received LEED certification, an indicator of our continued commitment to sustainable design and construction.

BRIC Awards
2021 Chattanooga ASID Commercial Project of the Year - U.S. Xpress Midtown Atlanta

BRIC Awards
2021 AIA Design Awards: New Construction - Montessori Elementary School

BRIC Awards
2021 AIA Design Awards: Renovation & Restoration - Hunter Museum Roof Terrace

BRIC Awards
2021 People's Choice AIA Chattanooga Renovations & Restorations - Hunter Museum Roof Terrace

BRIC Awards
2020 Merit Award - Southside Adaptation

BRIC Awards
2019 AIA Overall Design People's Choice - Miller Park

BRIC Awards
2019 AIA Honor Award - Miller Park

International Design Awards
2018 Gold Award for Low Cost Housing - Lay Low

Qualified Remodeler Accredited 

BRIC Awards
2016 Best Residential Design of the year - RavenCrest

BRIC Awards
2016 AIA best Design of the Year Judges Choice - Southern Surgical Arts

American Institute of Architects
2015 State of Tennessee Award of Excellence in Architecture for Raven Crest House

American Institute of Architects
2015 Gulf States Region Merit Award for Raven Crest House

American Institute of Architects
2015 Tennessee Excellence in Architecture Award for The Lay Low

American Society of Interior Designers
2012 Tennessee Chapter 1st Place Specialty Design - Green Smile Studio

American Institute of Architects
2012 Merit award in Planning and Analysis for “Broad Jump” Urban Design Challenge
(Collaborative project designed by HKA, Artech, and Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon)

2010 American Institute of Architects
State of Tennessee Merit Award for Amanda Pinson Jewelry

2009 Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency
Excellence Award for The Palmetto 8

 2008 American Institute of Architects
• State of Louisiana Honor Award Renaissance Park Outdoor Pavilions
• Gulf States Region Honor Award for Renaissance Park Outdoor Pavilion
• State of Tennessee Award of Excellence for Renaissance Park Outdoor Pavilion

2006 American Institute of Architects
• South Atlantic Region Merit Award for 1800 Cowart Street
• State of Tennessee Merit Award for 1800 Cowart Street

2005 American Institute of Architects Tennessee
Award of Excellence in Architecture for the Akhriev-Hefferlin Williams Street Studio

2004 Ceramic Tiles of Italy
Honorable Mention for the Mckee Hunting and Fishing Lodge

2002 Masonry Institute of Tennessee
2002 Award of Excellence for the Mckee Cabin Hunting and Fishing Lodge

LEED Certifications
Fairmount Townhouses - LEED Platinum
Bretske Hall - LEED Silver
Smile Studio - LEED Silver
Alstom - LEED Campus Gold

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1216 East Main Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408

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