Formed in 2002, Sanders Pace Architecture combines the design talents of John Sanders and Brandon Pace to provide full service architecture, planning, and design services to clients seeking a thoughtful, progressive solution to their goals and needs.
The collaboration of John Sanders and Brandon Pace extends back to 1992, when both were enrolled at the University of Tennessee. After studying together in Europe in 1996, both received Bachelor of Architecture degrees with Honors from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Sanders' subsequent work in Knoxville and Pace's work in Nashville and New York City was well received as both have been honored on the local, regional, and national levels on projects ranging from furniture and product design and fabrication to designs for prototypical affordable housing and multi-million dollar medical and office space. In 2003, Pace began graduate studies at the Yale University School of Architecture, where he was twice nominated for the schools highest design honor, the H. I. Feldman Prize for Design Excellence, and was the recipient of the Robert Allen Ward Scholarship Award. In 2005 he received his Master of Architecture degree from the University.
In addition to private practice, both John Sanders and Brandon Pace have made a commitment to teaching architecture. Both Sanders and Pace have been Adjunct Faculty at the University of Tennessee. In addition, Pace was a Teaching Fellow at Yale University and has been an invited critic at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pratt Institute, and the California College of Arts.
Through their experiences, John Sanders and Brandon Pace have gained valuable knowledge about the design and construction process that they bring together with the creation of Sanders Pace Architecture. Each project is inherently different, and the firm thrives on the unique opportunities presented. We take pride in providing personal professional attention to each of our clients as we assist in developing a team centered around specific project goals and needs. The task of the architect is to lead this team down the exciting path, from conceptual design to construction administration. the ultimate result is the realization of a tangible product that exceeds the hopes and dreams of the user.
We believe fundamentally that every project is different and deserving of a unique and specific design response. We take pride in the success we have had on a wide range of project types, from urban historic restorations and suburban interventions to contemporary rural retreats. While each project is different we approach the design process in a similar way. We first analyze the project in order to firmly establish the constants while identifying the variables including but not limited to site, budget, and program. Information gained from this process allows us to develop multiple ideas simultaneously in two and three dimensions as we work towards an appropriate design response. Once a design direction is determined we then test interior and exterior materials and assemblies at full scale considering both performance and desired effect. Finally we remain intimately involved throughout the life of the project, including a regular on site presence and communication with the contractor as they construct.
John is a founding member of Sanders Pace Architecture, created in 2002 primarily with a focus on design opportunities within Knoxvillle's Downtown Central Business District and its immediate surrounding areas. His passion for Architecture can be seen on the challenging projects that he and his firm have been involved with in those areas. Along with his professional investment comes his personal redevelopment endeavors of several properties within the district that have been successfully completed, returning blighted or unusable properties back to vibrant reuses. He recently was appointed by the City of Knoxville to reside on the Downtown Knoxville design review board for a two year term. John has been an Adjunct Studio Professor at the University of Tennessee and continues to participate as an invited studio critic and juror for the School of Architecture. John is a LEED accredited professional, a member of the American Institute of Architects, NCARB and locally a member of Knox Heritage and a ten-year member of City People.
Brandon is a founding partner of Sanders Pace Architecture and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Tennessee. Before founding the firm in 2002 he gained experience working at award winning offices in Nashville and New York City. Brandon's design work has received accolades and been featured in exhibitions and publications on the local, regional, national, and international levels. He received the Robert Allen Ward scholarship at Yale University where he was twice a finalist for the H. I. Feldman design prize, the school's highest design honor. Brandon was a Teaching Fellow at Yale University and has served as an invited design critic at the University of Pennsylvania, the California College of the Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He currently lives in the historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood of Knoxville with his wife Ashley and children Esther, Theodore, and George.