Self+Tucker Architects

Black History Month Energy Champions

February 10 2015

In honor of Black History Month - SACE is publishing a blog series highlighting the efforts of African American leaders working to ensure that clean energy opportunities are available for all people and communities in the Southeast. This post is the second in a series; find additional posts here.
As one of the founding principals of a successful architectural firm in Memphis, Tennessee, Jimmie Tucker has made it his mission to improve the buildings and lives of Memphians.  Self + Tucker Architects (STA) is celebrating twenty years in business this year and STA has created many well designed and energy efficient buildings throughout the Mid-South since 1995.

NOMA: For the LOVE of it

October 29 2014

Mayor Michael Nutter welcomed architects from around the nation to Philadelphia for the 42nd Annual National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) International Conference and Exhibition held 10.02-04.14. William Stanley, FAIA, chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows, and 2016 AIA President-elect Russell A. Davidson, FAIA, participanted in the conference at the historic 1932 PSFS Building, designed by William Lescaze and George Howe, now restored and known as Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The conference theme was “For the LOVE of it,” appropriate for the City of Brotherly Love.

In The Spotlight Virgil Deanes

August 22 2014

My name is Virgil Deanes III, and I’m a 5th year student in Hampton University’s 5 ½-year 1st professional Masters of Architecture program. As a student of architecture, uncertain of the expectations of a professional in the field, I found myself ‘going through the motions’, comprehending the learned material and then performing to the professor’s standards to achieve the highest mark possible. However, it wasn’t until I was able to practice in a professional environment when I could thoroughly understand how those tools are to be applied.

In The Spotlight Charity White

August 15 2014

Big to small scale, STA always has a variety of projects simultaneously progressing at once. Characterizing the smaller scale projects, Bright Ideas Enrichment Center consisted of two sheets. The demo plan was drawn from site sketches and the rated partition detail sheet required research for the necessary detailing information. Broadening the scale of projects, Leila Mason was centered on solving site issues. Conversations with local engineers, we had to create a site that solved major issues like drainage and vehicular circulation. Riverside Missionary Baptist Church, the grandeur scale project, required an abundant amount of time an effort by the STA team. From creating reflected ceiling plans, interior elevation for dressing room cubicles, casements details and sections, this is not even a small taste of what is necessary in completion of a project this size.

In The Spotlight Dale Harris

August 11 2014

My summer internship at STA has been truly a rewarding learning experience. I am currently entering into my 13th week as a summer intern and with each passing week I have grown both personally and professionally. Not only is this my first
internship, but this is my first job in a professional setting. Therefore, many of the challenges and opportunities I faced were brand new to me. The lessons and practices I have learned in the past 13 weeks is something I would never have been able to learn from a textbook or a classroom.

In The Spotlight Aryn Phillips

August 11 2014

Exiting my third year of architecture school and entering fourth year is a time where work experience and real life applications of architecture is very important. This is my third summer at Self + Tucker architects and each summer is very different. To be able to see the vast differences between this summer and the summers before concerning my varying levels of skill allows me to really see the difference just one year of architecture school makes. Being an intern at STA allows me to realize in hindsight, all that I have retained especially from my third year of architecture school.


July 28 2014

MEMPHIS, TN – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced this week that the City of Memphis is one of 66 cities to receive Our Town grants totaling more than $5 million. Memphis will receive $150,000 to develop a master plan, design guidelines and public art for the proposed Memphis Heritage Trail.

“This grant is a great start on the path to making the Memphis Heritage Trail a high quality development that will draw visitors from around the world to our city to experience and enjoy our rich history and culture,” said Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. “We are grateful that the National Endowment of the Arts recognizes and supports this valuable project.”


July 28 2014

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Renovated civil rights museum reopens in Memphis

April 05 2014

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Reuters) - The National Civil Rights Museum, housed in the converted motel where Martin Luther King Jr.was assassinated, reopened on Saturday after a $27.5 million renovation, offering new interactive exhibits chronicling the civil rights movement.
The museum reopened one day after the 46th anniversary of King’s death. On April 4, 1968, the civil rights leader was shot and killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in downtown Memphis.
About 200,000 people visit the museum each year, including 50,000 to 60,000 school children.
The exhibit begins with a global perspective of the slave trade, where panels track the path and the numbers of people captured and traded, and the wealth their labor created.

National Civil Rights Museum Reopens in Memphis

April 05 2014

The main section of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. reopens to the public on Saturday, one day after the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

The civil rights leader was gunned down April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, which is now part of the museum complex.The museum has undergone a $27.5 million renovation and now includes short films, interactive displays and new exhibits, including one recreating a slave ship galley and another portraying the courtroom where legal arguments were presented that led to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling in 1954.

From Slave Ship Shackles to the Mountaintop

April 01 2014

MEMPHIS — The climax of the sweeping new exhibition at the National Civil Rights Museum here is almost painfully mundane. An open container of milk and a half-drunk cup of coffee sit on a table near a 1960s television topped by rabbit-ear antennas. A peach-colored bedspread is pulled back, and the remains of a catfish lunch are nearby. Pale yellow curtains are open to the balcony outside. We are looking at Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel.

This is the room that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left for a moment on April 4, 1968, to go to the balcony. That was when James Earl Ray, an escaped convict with a heritage of hatred, aimed a rifle and took his shot.

Preview of renovated National Civil Rights Museum shows changes, interactivity

March 19 2014

Many of the exhibits at the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum were still unfinished. But there was enough in place to give the more than 30 journalists who previewed the museum Wednesday an understanding of the new methods officials have found to educate visitors.
The $28-million refurbishment has created a museum that is now bright, more open and mostly interactive. The museum at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 reopens April 5 with a $5 admission price.

$28 million renovation of National Civil Rights Museum nearly complete

March 18 2014

Rarely is the remix as good as the original.
But the nearly $28 million renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum is much more impressive than the building that opened in 1991.
In a sneak peek Tuesday afternoon, museum spokesman Connie Dyson showed how designers skillfully merged interactive technology with the familiar favorites of repeat visitors.

A look inside the National Civil Rights Museum

February 03 2014

The $27 million expansion of the National Civil Rights Museum is nearing its final stages.

The project, which utilizes 3,500 to 4,000 square feet of previously unused space in the Lorraine Motel, was designed by Memphis-based Self Tucker Architects and Washington D.C.-based Howard+Revis. Juan Self, a principal with Self Tucker, worked on the original design when the museum opened in 1991. The renovation began in 2012.

Food Desert Oasis

July 08 2013

“Self + Tucker Architects is proud of the role that we played in creating the new South Memphis Farmers Market and adding to the revitalization of South Memphis!”

Downtown Design Guidelines Final Draft Released

July 08 2013

The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) is excited to announce that the final draft of the Downtown Memphis Design Guidelines is ready for review. The Design Review Board (DRB) will review the document at its August 7th meeting and the DMC Board of Directors will be asked to consider adopting the final draft at its August 21st meeting.

Many facets to green designed houses

July 05 2013

Passive houses may not be well suited to the Mid-South, although green technology is making it easier to achieve the same goal.

Jack Cowan, owner of an energy audit and healthy home performance business called Cowanhouse (, has built two zero-energy homes in Atwood, Tenn., that generate rather than consume energy.

They are not passive houses, which adhere to a rigorous set of standards that emerged from development in Europe and which, Cowan says, aren’t well suited to the Mid-South.

Memphis visitors welcome electronic changes to civil rights museum

June 22 2013

Construction workers in hard hats were part of the scenery at the National Civil Rights Museum last week while circular saws buzzed in the background and a recording of Mahalia Jackson’s “Precious Lord” played for visitors climbing the stairs to the balcony of the old Lorraine Motel.

The main building of the museum is closed for renovation, but it did not deter visitors to the rest of the museum, including one new feature that seemed to have universal appeal Friday. “It’s awesome,” said Diane Bryant of Kinston, N.C., when she pushed the button of a new electronic “listening post” in the museum courtyard and watched a short video about civil rights history.

South Main Design Challenge Semi-Finalists Announced

June 18 2013

The South Main Design Challenge is an initiative by the Downtown Memphis Commission to generate creative ideas for seven vacant or underutilized spaces and buildings in the South Main neighborhood.

Over the past several months, several teams have contributed ideas for short and long term solutions for seven underused spaces.  Concepts were unveiled at South Main Trolley Nights and reviewed by a panel of judges.

Self-Tucker Focused on Designs to Inspire

June 15 2013

Self-Tucker Architects wants to lift the aspirations of the community through great architecture and design.

The firm is currently involved with a variety of high-profile projects across the area, including the National Civil Rights Museum and the new ground transportation center at Memphis International Airport, and past work includes the Stax Museum, Stax Music Academy and the FedExForum.

Lean and Mean

June 15 2013

Memphis architecture industry emerging from depths of recession

Architectural firms that were thrown into a deep, dark hole following the Great Recession are finally starting to see light again.
The only worry is that the light at the end of the tunnel is another recession-driven train, threatening to again pummel the architectural community.
“I wouldn’t say that boom times are around the corner,” said Kirk Bobo of Hnedak Bobo Group Inc. “But there are good things happening out there if you know where to look.”


June 04 2013

I was born in 1954 in South Memphis. At that time, it was a solid, all-black, middle-class neighborhood of teachers, postal workers, school principals, ministers — all professional people. We lived down the street
from our elementary school, Walker Elementary, which is now the Ida B. Wells Academy. I’m the oldest; my sister is one year younger, and my brother is six years younger. My mother still lives in the same house that we grew up in. There were a lot of other children in the neighborhood, and we’d play outside with them. We shot marbles, rode bikes, and played basketball in our backyard. WDIA had a baseball league in Bellevue Park. Back then, it was OK to go around the neighborhood by yourself and play all day — something, in these times, I wouldn’t let my 15-year-old daughter do growing up.

Memphis charter school looks to expand

May 29 2013

Memphis Business Academy, a local charter school, is expanding to accommodate its growth to nearly 900 students. The school, which currently has students in grades 6-12, hopes to break ground later this summer on a 22,000-square-foot building that will hold a new gymnasium and eight new classrooms. The building should be completed by next spring and be ready for the 2014-15 school year, according to Anthony Anderson, the school’s executive director. Memphis Business Academy currently occupies more than 87,200 square feet at its Overton Crossing campus. The school had 850 students this past school year.

Bioworks creates TriMetis to manage new lab

March 29 2013

Memphis Specialized Laboratory, designed by Perkins + Will and Self + Tucker Architects, is nearing completion on site of former Baptist Hospital. The building is proposed for LEED Certification and features a green roof irrigated by recycled water and ties into the adjacent UT Campus.

Corporate dollars push Harahan Bridge project forward

May 28 2013

The business community is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project, more commonly known as the Harahan Bridge project.
The $30 million project, which includes improvements from Downtown Memphis to West Memphis as well as making the Harahan Bridge pedestrian-accessible, has received enough private donations to trigger federal dollars and move it forward.

Seeing More Clearly Through Animation

May 17 2013

After all of the architectural drawings are done and construction has begun on a project, the last thing anyone wants is to find out an HVAC vent runs directly into plumbing. That problem is becoming less prevalent, thanks to animation programs that are being used by more architects. Those programs are also helping potential and existing clients see the possibilities of a project more than even the best paper drawing ever could. For Self+Tucker Architects, which is working with developers on Heritage Trail, a master plan that incorporates parts of Downtown Memphis into a coherent design including the National Civil Rights Museum, redevelopment of the Hotel Chisca and the redevelopment of Cleaborn Homes, portraying the vision of the overall project is important in several ways.

Public to see Main Street Connector project designs next week

April 22 2013

The design is 60 percent complete and the design consultant team, which will be on hand to answer questions, will be able to show basic design as well as some material and color choices.
“That’s a good point for us to reach out to the public and ask for input for where we’re heading,” Carpenter said.
HDR Engineering Inc. is the primary consultant on the bridge portion. The company, which did the project’s feasibility study, is working with a number of local consultants, including ETI Corp., Self Tucker Architects, Ritchie Smith Associates and Buchart-Horn.

Jimmie Tucker

March 19 2013

Whether he’s coming in from a meeting off-site with blueprints in hand or creating an aesthetic mock-up for a client in his downtown office, Jimmie Tucker, a founding principal of Self + Tucker Architects, always has Memphis on his mind. From his early days as a carrier for the Press-Scimitar, through which he was able to earn a scholarship to The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and eventually attend Princeton for undergrad, to his recognizable projects like the FedExForum, STAX Museum and Academy, and Heritage Landing, Tucker is a Memphian who’s passionate about the revitalization of the Bluff City, one building at a time.

Memphis church shepherds farmers market into year-round green grocer

March 12 2013

For three growing seasons, Rev. Kenneth Robinson kept a mental tally of the broccoli, cabbage and carrots streaming out of the farmers market at an abandoned fish market in South Memphis. When white eggplant showed up at one of the stalls last summer and no one knew how to prepare it, he made another note.
In June, the notes will be writ large at the corner of Mississippi Boulevard and South Parkway. With $1.2 million in grants, the community development arm of St. Andrew AME Church is opening a green grocer in 3,600 square feet of an eyesore that was the empty Carter’s Fish Market.

Self+Tucker looks to incorporate technology into historic civil rights museum design

February 22 2013

There’s enough of a challenge in designing a new concept for a museum, but updating a museum that was originally built around the site of a historic event presents a whole new set of challenges. Before the $27 million renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum began earlier this year, Self+Tucker Architects was tasked with updating the delivery of the museum’s message without altering the message itself.

Rental Car Companies Move to the New Ground Transportation Center

February 04 2013

Effective March 6, the rental car companies at Memphis International will move to their new home on levels one and two of the new seven-level Ground Transportation Center. Rental car companies will be able to house all of their customer service operations within the Center, including rental operations, return services and quick-turnaround vehicle service. More than 1,200 rental car spaces are available. The complete auto rental capabilities will eliminate any need for shuttle buses for the rental car companies, creating a more environmental approach to rental car services and reducing overall congestion along the airport roadways.

Honorees have been selected for the inaugural Building Memphis Award

January 25 2013

Presented by CB Richard Ellis Memphis, Building Memphis is designed to be a broad commercial real estate recognition program honoring projects that have created a positive community impact in the areas of investment, new jobs, environmental leadership, renovation or revitalization. The event’s gold sponsor is Bass, Berry & Sims.

John Stanley Inc., COGIC redeveloping former Fowler Homes site

January 18 2013

A Los Angeles-based developer is working with the Church of God in Christ to redevelop the former site of Fowler Homes into Mason Village, which would include 77 units of affordable housing.
John Stanley Inc. and COGIC are collaborating on the project, which has an estimated budget of $8 million. Memphis-based architecture firm Self Tucker Architects is designing Mason Village. Fowler Homes, a public housing project located at Fourth Avenue and Crump Boulevard, was torn down in 2004. The land, which is owned by COGIC, has been vacant since then.

So Many Positives

January 15 2013

Tuesday, Jan. 15, would have been the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 84th birthday. In the almost 45 years since his assassination at the Lorraine Motel, the South Main district and Downtown as a whole have certainly seen its ebbs and flows. But 2013 has the potential to be one of the years in which the civil rights icon would be most proud of the area’s revitalization.
The National Civil Rights Museum is pumping $27.5 million into renovations to the Lorraine Motel and its newly acquired administrative building on St. Martin Street. The footprint of the facility won’t change, but the way the space is used will be greatly enhanced by early 2014 when it reopens.

Memphis Heritage Trail

November 21 2012

Why It Matters:
“It’s critical that we focus on this area [Memphis Heritage Trail] at this time, because we are in the midst of renovating and rebuilding in this zone and if we are not careful in our progress we will overlook and build over and tear down some of the essential components of this great history.” — A C Wharton, mayor, City of Memphis

Memphians participate in global Park(ing) day

September 22 2012

Jenga transformed from a family game-night favorite into a life-size version that occupied a Downtown Memphis parking space Friday, with players standing on ladders and chasing after pieces that blew away in the wind.

Shane Donahue, 24, who moved to Memphis from Oakland, Calif. three weeks ago, left a parking space that was hosting giant mini tennis – tennis with giant rackets and a miniature net – sponsored by the Racquet Club of Memphis, to play life-size Jenga in the space across the street.

$200,000 loan approved for upscale Downtown Athletic Club

August 16 2012

A Downtown development board approved a $200,000 loan Wednesday for a health club and restaurant in a long-vacant building at 387 S. Main.

The Center City Development Corp. waived a standard $90,000 cap on a development loan for the Downtown Athletic Club and Atmosphere Eurocafe after developers said the lesser amount would stop the project.

South Main Athletic Club, Cafe Wins $200K Loan

August 15 2012

After some initial concerns by the Center City Development Corp. board, a local development team has received the green light to move forward with its plans to renovate the 26,500-square-foot building at 387 S. Main St. into a mixed-use development that will include an athletic club and café.

National Civil Rights Museum Unveils New Design

June 26 2012

About the only thing remaining the same after the National Civil Rights Museum’s $27 million, 14-month renovation will be the room Dr. Martin Luther King stayed in at the Lorraine Motel.

Nearly every other exhibit in the museum is getting a massive overhaul with new technology, redesigned text, and more interactive areas that allow visitors to feel like they were a part of civil rights history. The new design created by Howard + Revis and Self Tucker Architects was unveiled Tuesday night in the museum’s theater.

Green Building, Design Slowly Take Hold in Memphis Area

June 25 2012

When residential and commercial construction hit new boom times – whenever that might be – the rebirth will take place in a new era with new rules. “People are becoming more environmentally aware, and that’s going to change the market,” said Don Glays, executive director of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association. “There are a lot of advantages to buying green, and people are starting to understand that.”

National Civil Rights Museum to open balcony where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot

June 23 2012

Starting in November, visitors to the National Civil Rights Museum will be able to do what others haven’t been allowed—stand on the balcony where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

The main building of the museum, which opened in 1991, is undergoing major renovations and will be closed beginning in November until the first quarter of 2014.

Freeing minds: Architecture camp helps shape future professionals

June 19 2012

After just two weeks of Discovering Architecture Summer Camp, the high-schoolers spoke the language. The 18 students didn’t refer, for example, to a “roof” or “wall” as they presented their design projects last weekend to a roomful of parents and professors at the University of Memphis Department of Architecture.

Church dedicates new child center

June 06 2012

With the press of humidity and its own expectations, St. Andrew AME dedicated its $1.1 million child care center in South Memphis on Tuesday, memorializing a decreased church member who started the effort five decades ago. The Ernestine Rivers Childcare Center, a white clapboard building with shining blue roof, sits beside Interstate 240 for a reason, Rev. Kenneth Robinson told the crowd.

In the Spotlight Mario Walker

May 11 2012

Walker says architecture was in his blood from the time he was born, saying his first lesson in architecture was as a toddler playing with building blocks. He says he enjoyed making and demolishing buildings and drawing more than anything else as a child. He realized his life’s passion for architecture and design in 2006, when he joined Self Tucker Architects Inc.

2012 Power Player – Memphis Business Quarterly

May 06 2012

Self + Tucker Architects is proud to announce that founding partner and managing principal, Jimmie Tucker, has been selected for the second year in a row a Memphis Business “Power Player.” Jimmie is featured in Memphis Business Quarterly magazine’s “2012 Power Players” issue as a top local business leader. The “MBQ Power Players” is an annual feature that highlights the city’s movers and shakers. The editorial board consists of MBQ staff, along with informed business and community leaders.

Homes Part of North Memphis Revitalization

April 24 2012

Usually Self-Tucker Architects do the design work and planning for someone else who is the developer.But in an open lot on the north side of Chelsea Avenue at Leath Street, seven single- family homes to come in the next year will be the architecture firm’s first steps into developing.
Self-Tucker managing principal Jimmy Tucker was among those who broke ground last week in North Memphis for the Leath Street Initiative. “It’s not a huge leap to do development,” Tucker said. “But obviously being able to buy land, develop a project and attract the financing is one of the keys.” Tucker was among those in the first class of a city of Memphis diversity development incubator that began four years ago.

Groundbreaking for New Chicago Revitalization Project

April 20 2012

A groundbreaking was held April 20 for a new project aimed at redeveloping the north Memphis neighborhood known as New Chicago. The Leath Street initiative will create new affordable housing in the area. Once built, the homes will be offered for sale for about $70,000. The New Chicago Community Development Corporation says currently, quality affordable housing isn’t as available as it once was. The group hopes the project will bring in new residents and make the neighborhood a desirable place to live.

City breaks ground on project to build five homes in New Chicago

April 20 2012

A cluster of five new houses will soon rise on vacant property in economically distressed New Chicago thanks to a partnership by the city, community development corporation and a fledgling developer. Mayor A C Wharton led the ceremonial groundbreaking Friday for the infill development on vacant property on Leath, just north of Chelsea. “We’re going to do it on three,” Wharton told his fellow shovel-bearers. Actual work on the three-bedroom, two-bath homes for low- to moderate-income families should start in August, said Jimmie Tucker, who’s both the architect and developer.


April 16 2012

With design plans completed, a major new addition to the UT-Baptist Research Park is now targeted for groundbreaking this fall. The $22 million Memphis Specialized Operations Lab will be a 26,000-square-foot facility that will be used for research and development for biotechnology companies trying to get products approved by the FDA. Construction should take 14 to 16 months including time for commissioning, or testing and balancing air-handling equipment and making sure the building operates up to standards – a critical step for bioscience laboratories.


March 23 2012

Jimmie Tucker is Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Self + Tucker Architects. The firm’s slogan is “Designing a Better Memphis” and STA has successfully designed numerous projects, such as the National Civil Rights Museum, the Stax Museum and Academy and the College Park, Uptown and Heritage Landing Hope VI projects that have had a positive impact on the City of Memphis.

Local leaders seeking dividends from White House trip

February 06 2012

Local business leaders are hoping to turn a productive business briefing into definitive benefits for the Memphis business community. More than 30 local business leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. on Feb. 3 to participate in a Business Leader Briefing at the White House as part of the White House’s Business Leader Briefing Series. The series selects business people from various cities to interact with administration officials about issues including health care reform implementation, infrastructure development and access to capital.

It’s ‘Memphis Day’ at White House for local business leaders

February 03 2012

WASHINGTON – Today is “Memphis Day” at the White House. Obama Administration officials scheduled a four-hour briefing for 28 Memphis-area business leaders – no politicians – to offer guidance but also to engage in an exchange of ideas about what the federal government can do to move the economic agenda forward, according to an administration official speaking on background. The discussion was informed by a survey completed by the Bluff City business leaders that told the White House they were most interested in workforce development, infrastructure and innovation, the official said.

Clock ticking on seeking federal grant for Memphis Heritage Trail development

January 31 2012

Choosing a new name, finding a more focused direction and meeting a looming deadline for federal grant money were the objectives of a public meeting on Monday to present ideas for the Memphis Heritage Trai Redevelopment Project.

The project area is bound by Beale Street on the north, Main Street on the west, Crump Boulevard on the south and Manassas Street on the east. It includes significant African-American historical and cultural sites from Robert R. Church Park, Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Universal Life Insurance building and Clayborn Temple.

Memphis Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan

December 29 2011

The Memphis Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan captures the ‘Story’ by promoting Heritage Tourism as means of cultural and economic revitalization. The proposed redevelopment area includes four major neighborhoods of downtown Memphis: the South CBID, the Downtown Core, the Medical District and the South Memphis. The goal is to revitalize the physically distressed areas of housing and community by rebuilding the infrastructure and linking individual cultural components together in the celebration of the past. Healthy neighborhood practices and sustainable development are key in future development.

Memphis Heritage Trail comprehensive planning effort brings together numerous organizations and individuals who want to contribute to transforming Memphis into a rich cultural hub of the South. Our client, the City of Memphis Housing and Community Development (HCD), headed by Director Robert Lipscomb, in this planning effort promote cultural and economic development by encouraging business partnerships, creating opportunities for financing and grants, and advancing education through arts and culture. STA is pleased to take the lead in this important master plan and major transformation effort. We encourage the community to step forward and participate in this celebration of our past.

Green & Historic

December 13 2011

The proposed renovation of the Universal Life Insurance Building is a unique project in which a historic building is to be preserved and restored utilizing the latest in environmental design and technology.  Self + Tucker Architects has approached the revitalization of this historic building as an opportunity to show leadership in green design by pursuing LEED Core & Shell Certification for their future offices and design studio.  Approximately 80% of the building also will be leased to other tenants.

The Universal Life Insurance Company building is a three-story 33,000 square foot office building designed in the Egyptian Revival style.  It was built in 1949 by the architectural firm of McKissack & McKissack of Nashville. This building housed the national headquarters of the Universal Life Insurance Company.  Because of the prominence of the site, the Universal Life Insurance Company erected a notable free-standing, post-mounted neon sign at the intersection, which has itself, become a local landmark.

Inferno Receives MarCom Awards

November 24 2011

Inferno has been awarded three platinum and three gold awards from the 2011 MarCom Awards, an international competition honoring excellence and creativity in marketing and communications.

The agency also was recognized with two honorable mentions.

Green Building Task Force

November 09 2011

Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. appointed the Green Building Task Force to conduct an extensive review of local building codes and relevant technical codes to identify existing regulatory or administrative obstacles to green building, sustainable development, and adaptive reuse. The Task Force, which held its first meeting on September 20, 2011, is comprised of architects, designers, builders, developers, construction project managers, and other interested parties. Self+Tucker Architects is serving as consultant and will assist the Task Force in conducting a best-practices review of existing model green building codes, making recommendations for the local adoption of a model green building code, and looking at any barriers in the development process.

Inferno Recognized with Davey Awards

November 07 2011

Inferno has received a Best in Show Award from the 2011 Davey Awards for its work for the Recording Academy.

In addition to the top honor, inferno also received one Gold Award and five Silver Awards, which represent seven clients in a broad array of categories.

Experience Keeps Self+Tucker in Game

October 31 2011

In the wake of the Great Recession, one local architecture firm is maintaining its focus of designing a better Memphis. Self+Tucker Architects was founded in 1995 by Juan Self and Jimmie Tucker. Overtime, the firm at 505 Tennessee St. has grown to a staff of 20, including eight registered architects. The full-service firm offers architecture-related services from planning to interior design. Its body of work includes the Stax Museum, Stax Music Academy, FedExForum and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Shades of Green Tennessee

June 27 2011

Self + Tucker Architects’ sustainable PHILOSOPHIES/PROJECTS are featured in Shades of Green Tennessee, a fine book by Panache Partners. The publication features vivid photographs and interesting editorial celebrating the state’s most earth-friendly businesses and practices. The exquisite coffee-table book includes a foreword by the United States Green Building Council, Tennessee.

2011 Power Player – Memphis Business Quarterly

May 20 2011

Self + Tucker Architects is proud to announce that founding partner and managing principal, Jimmie Tucker, was recently featured in Memphis Business Quarterly magazine’s “2011 Power Players” issue as a top local business leader. The “MBQ Power Players” is an annual feature that highlights the city’s movers and shakers. The editorial board consists of MBQ staff, along with informed business and community leaders.

In recognizing Jimmie the MBQ highlighted the FedExForum, Stax Museum and Academy along with three Memphis Hope VI sites among significant local projects. Throughout his career Jimmie has remained highly committed to designing and building better communities.

Memphis’ Parasol Awnings Wins Two SWIFA Awards

May 13 2011

Memphis awning and canopy maker Parasol Awnings recently took first place honors for “new and unusual” and “industrial applications” at the annual convention for the Southwest Industrial Fabrics Association.
The winning project for “new and unusual” is the Family Home Health Agency’s new headquarters, highly visible from Lamar Avenue and Interstate 240. The building’s plan had so many different components that each one had a different name.

Dilapidated apartments are eyesore no more in Orange Mound

April 27 2011

Among the modest but mainly well-cared-for homes in the area of Barron and Semmes in Orange Mound, there is a huge blot on the landscape: the abandoned Barronbrook Apartments. That situation soon will change, as city officials and business partners unveiled a $3 million redevelopment of the complex on Tuesday, a strategic move to bolster an old and largely stable area. Half of the dilapidated 200-unit complex will be demolished, leaving a mixed-income development called Melrose Place Apartments.

Rooted in faith: Church tears down to rebuild on seeds planted in Binghamton

April 01 2011

As a teenager more than 70 years ago, Martha Rogers was baptized at First Baptist Church-Broad in what eventually became the basement but was back then the only floor. Built in 1917, the baptismal pool was under the raised platform at the front of the church where the minister stood to preach. The platform was removed when the church baptized on Sunday afternoons, said Rogers, 93.

Construction to begin on home at McKinley Park that will list for $95,000 to $120,000

February 18 2011

After a couple of years of delays, the developers of University Place and Legends Park are ready to break ground on 30 single-family residential lots in the new McKinley Park subdivision near Downtown Memphis. Two model homes were finished in January by builder Populace Homes using designs by Self Tucker Architects, says Community Capital LLC president Archie Willis III. Memphis-based Community Capital is the co-developer of the project along with St. Louis-based development and property management firm McCormack Baron Salazar.

Master of Architecture Students Win in International Design Competition

January 31 2011

First year Master of Architecture students Jerry Coleman and Mario Walker were among the winners in the Playable10 ART category of the Playable10 International Design Competition for a creative playground in downtown Atlanta. Coleman was the runner-up and Walker received one of two honorable mention awards. The other categories were Playable10 SITE and Playable10 DIY. Both students completed their projects in the graduate architecture design studio taught by James Williamson.

Department of Architecture Opens Downtown Design Studio

January 31 2011

In August, the Department of Architecture opened its Downtown Design Studio in Memphis’ Uptown Neighborhood. The studio is a key element in the department’s community engagement efforts. During fall 2010, fourth-year architecture students in two sections of the Architectural Design 5 Studio, taught by adjunct professors Andy Kitsinger and Jimmie Tucker, worked out of the new space.

Civil Rights Museum renovation to include expansion into unused Lorraine Motel Space

January 28 2011

The long-awaited renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum will begin this spring with a $1 million first hase that will expand the museum’s introductory gallery and add more than 3,500 square feet of space at the Lorraine Motel site that is currently unused. During the initial phase, the museum’s office and administrative staff will move into a building purchased last year by the J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation at 409 S. Second St. that is currently being renovated. According to a deed filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds, the property was purchased for $590,000.

Solar Energy class brightens job prospects in emerging field

January 25 2011

Clouds blotted Monday’s sky, but 29 students at the University of Memphis thought mainly about the sun and how to capture it.
These students began what will be a weeklong course from the Tennessee Solar Institute to learn the basics of solar equipment design and installation.

Memphis Makeover

December 01 2010

The National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM), located at the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, will undergo an estimated $20 million renovation updating it’s facilities and exhibition spaces.

Rebirth of Cleaborn Homes project provides spark for architects, general contractors

November 11 2010

The demolition of the 460-unit Cleaborn Homes will begin before the end of the year, with construction on a $93 million, 400-unit apartment complex beginning next July. The project, first announced in 2007, is expected to be completed by September 2015.

Self Tucker Architects Celebrating 15 Year Anniversary

November 05 2010

Self+Tucker Architects, Inc. (STA) is an award winning full service firm offering architecture, interior design, planning, urban design and sustainable design expertise. STA was founded by principals Juan R. Self, AIA, NOMA, CSI and JimmieE.Tucker, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP in 1995.

Shelby County building getting repaired

July 05 2010

The 40-year-old Vasco A. Smith Administration Building is getting a long-needed $12 million renovation. The 157,000-square-foot Downtown building houses about 500 Shelby County employees, but has several code and Americans with Disabilities Act issues that must be resolved, as well as an HVAC system with old water pipes that has deteriorated “and is springing leaks all over the place.” “Once we touch it, we have to bring the entire building up to code,” says Cliff Norville, deputy administrator of support services for Shelby County government.

Art Museum unveils Paul R. Williams project

May 17 2010

It took four years of patient labor to accumulate enough submissions from individuals to open the Paul R. Williams exhibit at the Art Museum of The University of Memphis. Set to open Sept. 24, the project will continue through Jan. 15, 2011 when it will hit the road as a traveling exhibit.

Architect Honored for Remarkable Achievements

March 24 2010

Before St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital became the sprawling complex of medical buildings in Uptown Memphis, the original facility was more modest, but no less important to the city’s landscape.

In the Spotlight Neeraj Kumar

February 19 2010

As an architect, Kumar believes his major role should be focused on addressing social and environmental needs of the society.

Benson Hall and Library Archives at Vanderbilt University awarded LEED certification

February 18 2010

Benson Hall and the Library’s Archival Storage Facility have received certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Memphis AIA Launches Paul R. Williams Project

February 16 2010

In an attempt to further public knowledge on the life and accomplishments of African American architectural pioneer Paul Revere Williams, the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the University of Memphis, and the Memphis Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) launched this week The Paul R. Williams Project.

Memphis airport unveils ‘green’ plans for Ground Transportation Center

January 06 2010

The Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority unveiled its $89 million Ground Transportation Center Wednesday at the Memphis Hilton.

The seven-story facility at Memphis International Airport will house parking and rental car operations within walking distance of the main terminal.

Self Tucker Architects Inc., Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc. and Walker Parking Consultants are designing the facility while Flintco Inc. is the general contractor.

Consolidated Ground Transportation Center (CGTC)

January 05 2010

Memphis airport officials unveil plans for ground transportation center that amounts to a new front door for Memphis International Airport. They said the center, which combines passenger parking and rental cars next to the terminal building, will create a dramatic and attractive new first impression for people driving to the airport.

Tri-State Defender

November 13 2009

The gala held at the Peabody was designed as a tribute to 50 Memphis-area African-American men. Tri-State Defender breaks ground with first Men of Excellence salute The first edition of the Tri-State Defender is dated Nov. 3, 1951. It came off the presses under the guidance of a man of excellence – Lewis O. Swingler, publisher and editor.

Family Home Health Agency’s relocation could help revive Bellevue area

October 01 2009

Family Home Health Agency, Inc., a not-for-profit that specializes in providing home health services for homebound patients, is moving into a newly renovated 12,000-square foot, four-story office on Minna Place, between Lamar, Bellevue and I-240.

A business home

September 10 2009

Archie Willis III, president of financial advising firm Community Capital, had ownership in the home offices of nearly every company he had ever been involved in, so it was a foregone conclusion that he would own Community Capital’s new home.

Economies of Scale

August 21 2009

The dynamics of a bleak economy render a simple equation when applied to the architecture and design industry.

If financing is tight, then fewer construction projects are started. If fewer construction projects are started, then the need for architectural firms to create blueprints and design buildings also diminishes. And if there’s a decreased need for architectural firms, then some companies are forced to cut staff and many more to implement hiring freezes.

Memphis Heritage Trail HOPE VI 2009

June 02 2009

The Memphis Housing Authority submitted a HOPE VI grant application requesting $22 million for Cleaborn Homes located in the center of the Memphis Heritage Trail area. The revitalization of Cleaborn Homes will be accomplished by the complete redevelopment of the site, transforming it from dilapidated, outmoded, and expensive to maintain barracks-style public housing into a new neighborhood of elegant, stately, and modern homes and apartments typical of the best neighborhoods in Memphis.

The 1% Grows By 19 Firms, 7 Nonprofits in May

June 01 2009

May brought 19 additional firms and 7 new nonprofits into The 1% program. This month brought many firms to the program who had particularly interesting approaches to pro bono work.

National Register of Historic Places

May 27 2009

NASHVILLE - The State Review Board will meet on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, to examine Tennessee’s ten newest proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

Survey gives S. Memphis neighbors a voice in future revitalization efforts

March 22 2009

Before the small army of volunteers was turned loose onto the streets of South Memphis Saturday, they received marching orders from their general.

Self Tucker Architects Receives Award of Excellence for Diversity

September 02 2008

The Memphis Regional Chamber was recognized by Diversity Memphis with a 2008 Award of Excellence at a ceremony held on Thursday, August 28. Given annually, Diversity Memphis recognizes businesses that are utilizing and promoting diversity and in doing so, strives to make a better community.

Stax Museum of Memphis: Home of American Soul

August 28 2008

Amid the racial and economic tensions of 1957, a humble recording studio was launched in a garage in South Memphis. The music made there soon outgrew its small home and was relocated to the neighborhood’s 1930s Capitol Theater. This was the birthplace of Stax Records, an energetic center for a musical fusion of blues, country, rock and gospel. The Stax splendor lasted until 1975 when the business went bankrupt, but the spirit of the music never died. 

Diversity Developer Incubator hatches three real estate building projects

July 25 2008

Diversity Developer Incubator, a city-sponsored program designed to train women and minorities to develop significant real estate projects in the city, has resulted in three projects that could give lower-income families or senior citizens new housing options.

Putting Soul Back in Soulsville

May 26 2008

Once the home of R&B legends like Isaac Hayes and Earth Wind & Fire, the Soulsville neighborhood saw its share of hard times before the opening of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in 2003.
The next step in the rejuvenation of the neighborhood, located along East McLemore between Neptune and College streets, is construction on the new Towne Center at Soulsville, which will begin later this month.

Le Bonheur Breaks Ground for New Hospital

February 14 2008

Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center broke ground at a Feb. 14 ceremony, celebrating the beginning of construction for the new children’s hospital. The 610,000 square foot, 12-story hospital is the largest investment by a non- profit organization in a free-standing facility in Shelby County.

American Institute of Architects pushes sustainable buildings

December 22 2007

The motto at architecture, planning and interior design firm Self Tucker Architects Inc. is “Designing a Better Memphis.”

U of M Architecture News

July 20 2007

Professional Master of Architecture Degree Approved

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission approved the creation of a new professional Master of
Architecture (M.Arch) degree at the University of Memphis at its meeting on 26 July in Nashville.

Architects help Memphis City Schools improve facilities to meet ADA guidelines

February 16 2007

Picture being in a wheelchair and trying to access a school building 20 years ago. More often than not, getting into the school, let alone navigating through its halls once you were inside, posed significant challenges.

My Downtown is Opportunity

December 31 2006

As a local Memphian and native business owner, Jimmie Tucker has watched his Downtown blossom into an economic and cultural hot spot in recent years.

Tucker’s Nonprofit Work Mirrors Architectural Career

October 06 2006

Riding a bike or pushing a metal grocery cart, Jimmie Tucker delivered copies of the Memphis Press-Scimitar to about 100 South Memphians every afternoon from 1965 to 1968. A sixth grader who enjoyed drawing and listening to Memphis soul music from the local recording mecca, Stax Records, Tucker learned the aesthetic nuances of his neighborhood as he made his way down cracked sidewalks on his daily route.

Architects rescue Universal Life

September 01 2006

Self Tucker Architects, Inc., plans to renovate the Universal Life Building at Danny Thomas and Linden in a move that will add 20,000 square feet of available office space Downtown.

The Green House Effects

September 01 2006

Hidden beneath the canopy of trees that shades the Evergreen Historic District, something fairly unusual in Midtown Memphis is discreetly taking place. Among some of the city’s oldest homes, architect Jimmie Tucker and his crew are building a brand-new house. Yet the traditional, red-brick three-bedroom residence at 1634 North Parkway is not just a new house.