Nashville Growth: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
May 01, 2020
Kem Hinton
Nashville Growth: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Kem is an architect, LEED accredited professional, urban designer, author, historian, graphic designer, photographer, lecturer, and visual artist.  He received his professional education from the University of Tennessee, University of Pennsylvania, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  In 1984, Kem and Seab Tuck established Tuck-Hinton Architects, and there he was responsible for award-winning projects including the renovation/expansions of two homes designed by the celebrated mid-century architect Edwin Keeble and numerous civic and educational facilities including Tennessee State University Campus Center, Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Admissions Building, Tennessee World War II Memorial, MTSU Sports Hall of Fame, Woodmont Hills Church of Christ, Tennessee Valley Unitarian-Universalist Church, Vanderbilt University Buttrick Hall, Tennessee Gulf Wars Memorial, Ingram Science Building at Montgomery Bell Academy, Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Center, and the Civil Rights Room in Nashville’s Main Public Library. 

Kem was the lead designer of the Tennessee Bicentennial Capitol Mall and author of A Long Path, the Search for a Bicentennial Landmark.  He is lead designer of two projects that will be completed in 2020: the new $100-million Tennessee State Library & Archives and a unique space in the Nashville Main Public Library to honor the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, alumnus of Leadership Nashville and Leadership Middle Tennessee, and board member of the Downtown Nashville Rotary Club.  On January 1, 2019, Kem and Seab passed the torch of their firm to other partners.  Kem now practices in his new studio of Kem Hinton Design.

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