John Sanders & Brandon Pace

Presentation Abstract

"Shifting Scales" -In a lecture titled Shifting Scales John Sanders and Brandon Pace will discuss the evolution of the firm Sanders Pace Architecture from a 2 person startup with a focus on local urban adaptive reuse projects to an expanded regional practice

with a diverse portfolio of project types, scales, and contexts. The partners will share their design approach on several projects and give an honest take on some of the growing pains the firm has encountered along the way. This event is Co-Sponsored by AIA Nebraska.


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.

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