Palmer & Peacock promoted to Associate

BarberMcMurry Architects has promoted to Associate Emmie Palmer, AIA, and Sarah Peacock, AIA, WELL AP. 

Emmie is a 2013 graduate of the UT College of Architecture and Design, and has worked as a project manager, project architect and designer. She has experience in an array of different project types, including residential, commercial, civic, community and education. She is a leader of BMA’s Black Turtleneck Sessions, an internal discussion platform for design and culture ideas. 

Sarah is a proud Clemson tiger, holding a Master of Architecture with a Healthcare concentration. She has extensive healthcare design experience and has authored a white paper on orthopedic design. Sarah is a WELL Accredited Professional and served as past Chair of AIA East Tennessee’s Barkitecture event — in which AEC professionals design and construct doghouses to fundraise for Young-Williams Animal Center.

Colwell, Heidel & Newman named Senior Associates

BarberMcMurry Architects has promoted to Senior Associate three employees: Kristin B. Colwell, A.J. Heidel, and Drew Newman. 

Drew Newman, AIA, LEED AP, worked for BarberMcMurry from 2015-2017 and rejoined the firm in 2022. He is the firm’s Digital Practice Manager, leading innovations in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and design process, and is project manager. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He is a LEED Accredited Professional. 

Newman is a member of the Board of Directors for AIA East Tennessee and Centro Hispano de East Tennessee. He serves on the State BIM Committee and is a member of Young Professionals of Knoxville and the Society for College & University Planning. He volunteers as a tnAchieves mentor and is a head coach for Farragut Baseball Inc. 

A.J. Heidel, AIA, WELL AP, joined BarberMcMurry in 2017 and is a project manager. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and is a WELL Accredited Professional. He has led many of the firm’s cultural efforts, particularly those related to mentoring emerging professionals in the field. 

Kristin B. Colwell, RID, NCIDQ, WELL AP, has been with BarberMcMurry for nine years and is the firm’s Studio Manager, as well as a senior interior designer and project manager. She earned her Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Tennessee and is a WELL Accredited Professional. She has been integrally involved in studio initiatives related to Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. She serves on the Board of Directors of the East Tennessee Community Design Center and is a tnAchieves mentor.

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