Culture

We are committed to assembling the most skillful, inventive, and dependable team possible, as well as a team which embodies the same attitudes toward design and construction as its principals. We believe we have achieved this. We value each of our team member’s contributions and creativity and we take care of them accordingly. We work together in an open design studio. No walls. No cubicles. The only privacy offered is via headphones. The result is an open exchange of ideas, a strong spirit of collaboration, and everyone is a creative stakeholder, especially the client. We invite our clients into the design studio, and encourage them to take an active role in the creative process. Come in, drink our coffee, and share your thoughts as we design.

OUR PEOPLE

Paul Matheny

Owner / Architect

“EVEN IF I’M IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER, I’M SKETCHING. I SKETCH THE FORMS AND MASSING BEFORE I TRY TO REPRESENT IT ON THE SCREEN”

HOW I BECAME INTERESTED IN ARCHITECTURE:
From a very early age I had decided to be an architect. I was constantly sketching buildings, or creating forts and spaces with blocks and boxes. I was always drawing, and always fascinated when new buildings were going up in my community. I never really gave any other career options consideration, and am thankful to have a career that I am passionate about.

MOST BENEFICIAL ADVICE:
“Draw. Just draw!” Those words from my 3rd year studio professor at Mississippi State still echo in my mind. I was struggling with a particular design element on a class project, and his advice to me that day proved to be the best way to work my way through it. To this day, whenever I feel like certain aspects of a design aren’t quite coming together, I hear those words, grab a pen and paper, and sketch my way to a solution.

OTHER INTERESTS:
When time permits, I love to paint. Unlike architecture, with all of its rules, budgets, and codes, painting as an art form is far more limitless, and I tend to allow the paint to have its way. It’s creative therapy, and fascinating to me how much I learn about architecture through painting.

MY STYLE:
For me, style is never an arbitrary decision, and I certainly don’t have a personal favorite. I appreciate the opportunity and discipline of designing within any style, but first have to consider the context, the character of the community in which I happen to be designing. One project may warrant a completely new vision, while another involves the careful, methodical application of time-honored traditional details. Every project is a unique creative endeavor. I love that about architecture.

FAVORITE BOOK
Different types of books at different times in my life have been very meaningful to me, so it’s not easy to pick just one. I’ve usually got a stack of partially read books on my bedside table that I occasionally get around to finishing. Right now I’m reading a biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp.

Marc Goldmon

Owner / Architect

WE INVEST IN THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL. WHATEVER ARCHITECTURAL STYLE IS DESIRED, WE APPLY THE CORRECT DETAILS.

HOW I BECAME INTERESTED IN ARCHITECTURE:
I can recall in my earliest memories that I could spend all day building with Lincoln Logs and Lego’s or just sitting drawing or coloring. As a 10-year-old, living in Atlanta, I got to visit my first downtown city and see all types of skyscrapers and interesting buildings both old and new. That was my introduction into the world of architecture and when I became interested in how or who was involved in the creation and design of those buildings. My desire to become an architect was a blended continuation of my earliest hobbies of play and real world applications that could create those places of interest that I visited in my youth.

MOST BENEFICIAL ADVICE:
Look at every project as an opportunity. This was learned at my first official job. My boss had several less than flattering projects, but he always wanted to “try” to give it the best effort possible for success. On some level, success can be achieved with the design, detail, budget, schedule or client relationship. If some aspect is limited, then look for the other benefits.

OTHER INTERESTS:
Whenever I travel, for work or vacation, I look for historic, uncommon, special and interesting buildings or architectural elements and I take several photographs for reference. We use historic details all the time when a client has an architectural style that they are interested in exploring, and I can use the photographs as reference for creative solutions or new ideas.

MY STYLE:
My style is generally classic and eclectic. I do not have a stylistic period I prefer. However understanding classic/ historic styles and their particular attributes allows for small incorporations, deviations, or adjustments that may enhance a particular style and make it special or custom for each application.

FAVORITE QUOTE:
A favorite quote of mine would be from John Ruskin about the basic understanding of what architecture should always be, “We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.” If a building is designed (pleasing and graceful) and planned well (practical), it will perform well; and if it performs well, it can achieve a timeless quality for a future usefulness.

Janna S. Collins

Owner/Interior Designer

“YOUR BEST DETAILS COME OUT OF THE CHALLENGES ANY SPACE PRESENTS.”

Recently added partner Janna Collins focuses on Matheny Goldmon’s interior component. Buildings are in her blood — her father was a general contractor as was his father before him.

HOW I BECAME INTERESTED IN INTERIORS:
My father was a General Contractor as was his father before him. I remember going to job sites as a child and watching from the sidelines all of the demolition and reconstruction of new and existing buildings. There were fascinating sights, sounds, and smells distinctive to the process of building. Interior architecture is only a small portion of the design process but one that intrigued me. I say that I fell into it by default as construction is all I have ever experienced and known!

MOST BENEFICIAL ADVICE:
I was once told that the sign of a true designer is one that designs specifically for the client! That is, the image reflected is that of the Owner and NOT the designer. Too many times, I hear comments that a particular project looks like the designers’ style. My only hope is that my “work” is a reflection of those whom I work for! I find a great challenge and inspiration in defining this image and developing the appropriate style for each client!

OTHER INTERESTS:
Well, if I can’t be a chef as my dream job, it might be that I am a woodworker! I enjoy designing furniture and the creative use of wood! This love of wood stems from a class at Auburn University where I designed and built a chair. There is something very rewarding about using your hands to create objects of art and function. It’s all about the detail! Just know that I enjoy the ability to bring the unusual and different to the job with custom products by local artisans!

MY STYLE:
Oddly enough, I hope that my style is not reflected but rather that of the client. My personal style fluctuates between contemporary and transitional. As designers, we are introduced to many flavors that keep us wondering what our style actually is!

YOUR NEXT ACCOMPLISHMENT:
From early childhood, I thought I wanted a horse! Living in the heart of great landscapes and horse farms here in Franklin, TN, I really want to accomplish the dream of riding horses! What a beautiful species! Strength, agility, great lines and proportions… these animals have it all! I hope to develop a great relationship soon!