Five designers at BarberMcMurry have earned
the credential of WELL Accredited Professional.
Congratulations to Chad Boetger, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP; Kristin Bowman,
NCIDQ, WELL AP; Megan Chafin, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, CDT; Abby Farr, WELL AP; and
Matt Jordan, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP!
Tayler Johnston, WELL AP, in earning this credential that recognizes proficiency in the field of design, health and wellness in the built environment. The WELL AP is the world’s first building standard
focused exclusively on human health and wellness, marrying best practices in
design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research on human
health and wellbeing.
With six designers now credentialed as WELL APs — the
most of any design firm in the greater Knoxville area — BarberMcMurry is
demonstrating its commitment to sustainable design.
“Our approach to sustainable design is one of
stewardship,” said Chad Boetger, Senior Vice President and Director of Design.
“Sustainable design is simply good design — supporting health for building
occupants and protecting the natural beauty of East Tennessee that we all know
BarberMcMurry has been
named an AIA Tennessee Outstanding Emerging Professional Friendly Firm.
Emerging professionals are
architecture students, architectural graduates, and licensed architects with
less than 10 years of experience. BMA employs 15 emerging professional
architects, plus five emerging professional interior designers.
The designation of “Outstanding” is
an honor BMA shared this year with only four other architecture firms across
“We’re incredibly proud to be
recognized as an Outstanding EP Friendly Firm by AIA Tennessee,” said Chad
Boetger, Senior Vice President and Director of Design. “With 20 of our 34
employees qualifying as emerging professionals, we have a distinct focus not
only on supporting our EPs, but encouraging them to actively shape the culture
of the firm through pursuing innovative, leading-edge ideas.”
The firm was recognized not only
for our support of young architects pursuing licensure — including covering the
cost of study materials and reimbursing designers for the cost of passed exams
— but for multiple office-wide innovations initiated by empowered emerging
professionals. Those innovations include design approaches like virtual reality
and BIM integration, sustainable design and stewardship initiatives, design
dialogues called the Black Turtleneck Sessions, and a leadership development
BMA was also recognized for our
purposeful, multi-tiered approach to community engagement: through whole-office
volunteer days with the Empty Stocking Fund, group service with organizations
like Knoxville’s Habitat for Humanity Women Build and Kingdom Design Ministries,
and individual involvement.