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John Lynch Sanders, AIA LEED AP
B Arch, University of Tennessee

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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 Frazier Pace, AIA LEED AP
M Arch, Yale University
B Arch, University of Tennessee

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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.


Michael Aktalay, LEED AP
University of Tennessee

After studying at The University of Tennessee, Michael served as an Intern Architect at Martella Associates. During his time here he worked on a variety of projects including the award winning Hope VI project in Mechanicsville. Mike’s later work with The Benefield Richters Company included projects at a range of scales from large private institutions to small public projects. Michael is currently a project manager for Sanders Pace Architecture. His work includes a broad spectrum of projects ranging from retail, office, and restaurant to multi family residential. Included in his body of work are many award winning historic projects including the recently completed Ziegler Building which is included on the national park service list of historic buildings and was the successful recipient of historic tax credits.


Michael Davis, LEED AP
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee

Michael joined Sanders Pace Architecture in 2008 after graduating from The University of Tennessee where he was Valedictorian of his School of Architecture class. While studying there, Michael received numerous scholarships for his academic achievements, including the School of Architecture Scholarship and the Hubert Bebb Scholarship. His work was twice awarded first place in the architecture category at The University of Tennessee Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement, first in 2006 and again in 2008. Michael also received Chancellor’s Honors for academic achievement and professional promise in 2008. During his time at The University of Tennessee, Michael worked as a student intern at Barber McMurry Architects and as a teacher’s assistant for a variety of courses. Michael also is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Tennessee.


Daniel Jones
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee

Daniel is a 2010 graduate (cum laude) of the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design. While in school, Daniel’s student work was selected numerous times for exhibition, awards, and publication. He also served as a student intern for Cockrill Design and Planning and as a teaching assistant for a variety of courses. His prior professional experience includes work in Knoxville and Philadelphia.


Ashley E.B. Pace, RA
Master of Industrial Design, Pratt Institute
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee

Ashley is a Registered Architect in the State of Tennessee. Her prior experience includes work in both Nashville and New Haven, Connecticut. Previous experience includes work with multi-family, mixed use, and educational facilities. Ashley received her graduate degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee where she was valedictorian of her School of Architecture class. With degrees in both architecture and industrial design, Ashley’s work covers a broad range of design including furniture, product, interiors, and architecture. Ashley’s role at Sanders Pace Architecture includes assistance in marketing materials and proposal requests. Additionally, Ashley teaches at The University of Tennessee as an Adjunct Studio Professor where she teaches Color Theory and first year design studio.


Cameron Bolin
Master of Architecture, University of Tennessee
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, East Tennessee State University

Cameron graduated from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design Master Program (2014) after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from ETSU (2011). While in school, Cameron’s student work was selected numerous times for exhibition, awards, and publication, including the Pella Award for Design Excellence (2013) for his Integrations Studio project work. During his time at The University of Tennessee, Cameron worked as a student intern at Studio Four Design, Inc. and as a teacher’s assistant for a variety of courses. Upon his graduation in 2014, Cameron joined Sanders Pace Architecture as an intern architect and is currently practicing and pursuing professional licensure.


Amy Bryant

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting, University of Tennessee

Amy Bryant is a 1998 graduate of the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Administration.  Her prior professional experience includes over 10 years in public accounting preparing tax returns and providing accounting assistance to multiple clients.  Amy joined Sanders Pace Architecture in 2015.


Justin Hare

Master of Architecture, University of Tennessee


Aaron Pennington

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee


Collaborators (Since 2002)

Blake Emerson
Beth Lane
John Felderman
Tina Ash
Brad Province
Rachael Stollar
Matt Hutchinson
Emily Bradley
Daniel Luster
Emily Murphy
Caitlin Turski
Shane Elliott
Chuck Draper
Greg Spaw
Carlos Anderson
Samuel Mortimer
Lauren Mullane
Jenny O. Wright
Jordan Birkhead
Keith Kaseman
Geneva Hill
Dillon Dunn
Breanna Browning