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Friday, 15 November, 2019

Here at the Greater Memphis Chamber we love to celebrate business growth and development! There’s nothing like standing beside you as you open the doors to your new business or reveal your new expansion. That’s why we offer our members our expertise and assistance with hosting grand opening and expansion ceremonies. Thank you to our Ribbon Cuttings sponsor, Paragon Bank for helping us support local businesses like you.


We’re happy to celebrate archimania on their new location.

Get to know this Memphis business in this Q&A with Archimania:


What is your business celebrating? An opening of a new location, product launch, expansion, renovation, or anniversary?

archimania moved from the South Main Arts District of Memphis, a location we were at for over two decades, to 663 South Cooper Street in the Cooper-Young District


What does your company bring to the Memphis market? Why is it unique?

Our studio is a collective of 23 diverse thinkers/designers who contribute to a unique range of knowledge, talents, and skillsets to inform the design of countless creative and collaborative environments. The common driver of our work remains integrating tight budgets with unique contexts that lead to creative solutions based upon authentic formal and material expression.

We view each project as a unique opportunity to lead a community’s understanding of the built environment and the value of design. We have become known for delivering excellence in design with tight budget restraints. archimania is currently nationally ranked 8th in design and 41st in sustainability by ARCHITECT magazine, and our clients’ projects have received over 260 total awards.

Our services range from designing single-family homes, cultural facilities, schools, offices, and multi-family housing to master planning university campuses and outdoor performance venues. You may have seen some of our projects around town – Ballet Memphis, Hattiloo Theatre, The Blues Foundation, The Grove at GPAC, Memphis Botanic Garden’s Live at the Garden, and, soon, The University of Memphis Scheidt Family Music Center

archimania has received:

· more AIA awards [over 170] than any other firm in Memphis

· recognition for both partners’ elevation to the College of Fellows (FAIA) in Design

· national ranking in ARCHITECT magazine as 8th in design in 2018

· national attention for our work on projects registered with International Living Future Institute (for Zero Energy, Zero Emissions, and Zero Carbon, including AIA 2030 Challenge) and USGBC (LEED Platinum)

Why did you decide to move to your new location?

We had an opportunity to purchase the building on South Cooper and jumped on it. When we opened our doors for business in 1995, we were pioneers on South Main with a few others. We liked the idea of being involved in a district that showed potential in developing into a more urban and active district. We see a similar potential in the connector between Overton Square and Cooper-Young as a more walkable and urban environment. Additionally, we saw great potential in sharing with others how a vintage 1950s strip building could be reinvented as a modern office.

Get to know this Memphis business in this Q&A with Loaded for bear:
What is your business celebrating? 

Opening of new office location in the heart of mid-town.

What does your company bring to the Memphis market? Why is it unique?

We’re a design focused creative agency who believes believe strategic and creative thinking can conquer anything.

Why did you decide to grow your company in Memphis? 

Memphis has always been home. I couldn’t imaging growing a business in any other place.

What’s the best thing about owning your own business?

Having the responsibility and control in your own hands. Seeing your staff learn, grow, and become leaders in their own right.

What are some key things that allows your business to grow?

A vest network of colleagues and friends is key. Maintaining a high level or work/service and treating every job as your last.

What advice would you offer to those wanting to start their own business?

A goal without a plan is a wish.

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