Lester Ferdinand, AIA
Throughout his 27 years of practice, Lester has a demonstrated talent for project management through various projects across the US. Notably, he was the Project Architect of the Greektown Casino Expansion in Detroit, MI, an integral part of the $245M development of the Greektown Casino facility.
Since joining Self + Tucker Architects as a Senior Project Manager, Lester has sucessfuly completed multiple high-importance projects for private and public clients. Lesters dedication to project managerment and high-quaity design has been a great help to STA as we engage with our clients and proactively tackle project concerns. Regardless of project scale, Lester is an asset to any project team!
Steve Hallock received his M.Arch degree from Bowling Green State University, where his studies emphasized design, sustainability, construction management, and organizational leadership. He has designed and managed projects ranging from urban planning to commercial, educational, athletic and residential. He believes in using design to make the world a better place.
Joining Team STA in 2021, Steve brings strong conceptual and aesthetic skills in service of providing functional and desirable outcomes for project stakeholders. As a project manger, he is outcome-driven and motivated to see projects carried out both efficiently and at the highest possible quality.
Mathieu Joined STA in 2018 working to organize and preserve historic documents and photographs for the historic Universal Life Insurance Company and Building exhibit as part of the Memphis Heritage Trail.
A lifelong artist and a proud Memphis native, Mathieu studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he sharpened his creative skills into assets. He is dedicated to incrementally improving Memphis through creative entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and community development. Mathieu has used his skillsets while working with non – profit organizations, museums, Institutions, and creative enterprises within the city.
Now as Marketing Coordinator, Mathieu uses his skills in creative writing and digital media to enhance Self + Tucker Architects marketing efforts and brand profile.
"There will be much time to sit when I'm old. And there will be much time to lay down when I am dead. For now, I must stand. While I am young and while I can, I must stand."
– Mathieu D. White
Shavonne joined STA in 2018 serving on the admin team as an Administrative Coordinator. She contributes to STA’s mission of Designing a Better Memphis by supporting our designers and principals with superb documents and a well managed office.
Cameron McLemore joined Self + Tucker Architects in 2015 as an intern and is now a project coordinator. he earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Memphis.
Cameron has a passion for neighborhood revitalization. He has an interest in exploring and expressing cultural heritage through design and inclusive community engagement throughout his work. He assisted throughout multiple design phases developing plans and details on various projects for clients such as Shelby County Government and the City of Memphis.
Antonio Tirado joined Self+Tucker Architects in 2018 as a Project Coordinator shortly after earning his Master in Architecture degree from the University of Memphis. He also earned a Bachelors degree in Architecture and Interior Design from the University of Memphis in 2016. Since joining Self+Tucker Architects, he has assisted in projects from various clients such as City of Memphis, First United Methodist Church, and Clayborn Temple.
Antonio has experience in utilizing software such as AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop, Lumion, and Sketchup. He contributes his talents toward STA’s mission of Designing a Better Memphis by his level in creativity and interest in using architecture and design as a tool for creating stronger communities.
Victor M. Robinson Jr. joined Self Tucker Architects in 2015 as a Project Coordinator. He earned a Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering from Tennessee State University in 2010 and a Master in Architecture from the University of Memphis in 2014. He contributes his talents toward STA’s mission of Designing a Better Memphis by his level of creativity and dedication to socially responsible architecture.
Victor’s design experience includes private single family housing, multi-family elderly housing, institutional, building assessments, event center design and educational developments. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (Assoc. AIA), Memphis Chapter.
"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody."
– Jane Jacobs
Colby has coordinated and managed several multi-million-dollar projects since joining STA in 2014. He earned both his graduate and undergraduate degrees in Architecture at the University of Memphis.
Colby has experience with several project types including educational, residential and commercial facilities. He is highly skilled in creating Renderings and 3D Visualizations through the use of Revit and Adobe Photoshop. He’s an Embark graduate from the New Memphis Institute, Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professional, member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and serves on the board of Directors for Leadership Preparatory Charter School (K-8).
Colby’s work is strategically infused with community development and sustainable design practices.
"I am for richness of meaning rather than clarity of meaning; for the implicit function as well as the explicit function. I prefer "both-and" to "either-or," black and white, and sometimes gray, to black or white. A valid architecture evokes many levels of meaning and combinations of focus: its space and its elements become readable and Workable in several ways at once. "
– Robert Venturi
Nikole joined the firm in 1998 as an Administrative Coordinator. During her 12 years with STA, she has held many administrative titles while increasing her knowledge of the Architecture industry and is now the Project Facilitator for the firm. In 2008, Nikole became a Certified Construction Contract Administrator through Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). An active member of the Memphis Chapter of CSI, Nikole was the Membership Chair for FY2010/2011. As the “Go to” person for the firm, she supplies colleagues, clients and contractors with solutions that help each project run smoothly.
"It’s never too late to be what you might have been."
– George Elliot
Before arriving at Self Tucker in 2001, Robert worked for an array of design firms throughout the Southwest (his birthplace) and the Southeast. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech in 1992 while coming up the ranks from draftsman to Project Manager.He attributes his attention to construction detailing to hands-on residential & commercial construction experience, an Art’s major background and a unique opportunity to attendthe nation’s oldest of the modern schools of blacksmithing arts, Turley Forge.
Besides a focus on detailing he is well-versed in contract administration, code & zoning research, building rehabilitation, construction budget assessment & scheduling. In his 9 years association with Self Tucker he has gained wide project experience with charter and childcare school facilities along with general education and religious center developments. He has actively woven his management experience into a wide variety of client-oriented skill sets. Robert received his LEED AP in 2009 and is currently working on his professional practice license
"I’m intrigued by the art in architecture, what Ignasi de Sola Morales described as a ‘reality reserve’ ...resistant to standards & systems, namely, the surreal"
– Robert Fountain
Juan, a founding Principal of Self Tucker Architects, Inc., has nearly thirty years' experience in architecture, construction, project and program management. He has extensive experience with schools, churches, child-care facilities, single and multi-family housing, medical facilities, civic/government facilities, and commercial spaces.
Juan received his degree in Architecture from Howard University School of Architecture and Planning in Washington, DC. He has an intimate knowledge and intense passion for ecclesiastical design, liturgical nuances and church administrative functions.
He served on the AIA Memphis Board of Directors and currently serves as Chairman of the Memphis/Shelby County Building Code Advisory Board and is a member of the Tennessee Preservation Trust Board, Tennessee Historical Commission Review Board and Memphis Center City Commission Design Review Board.
"The use of technology is important in helping our clients understand our design ideas and completing projects on schedule and within budget."
– Juan Self
Cleora joined Self Tucker Architects in 2006. She brought with her over 25 years of managerial and administrative experience in a variety of sectors, including business development, business outreach and recruitment, mental healthcare and other human service related areas. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Arkansas State University and earned a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. As a business consultant, she has worked with nonprofit social service organizations and small businesses to develop programs and funding sources.
Cleora holds an administrative position with STA. She provides support to business operations, personnel administration, marketing and facility management.
Jimmie is a founding principal of Self + Tucker Architects (STA). During a career spanning 30 years, Jimmie has remained highly committed to designing and building better communities. He is a native Memphian and in recent years he has focused his work at STA toward revitalization projects throughout Memphis and extending to many communities in the Delta. Among those projects are the Memphis Heritage Trail, FedEx Forum, Stax Museum and Academy, Southern Elegance Event Center, Tunica and New Albany Airport expansions and the renovation of affordable housing all through the Delta region.
Jimmie holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University and received his Masters degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2006 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of the Washington University School of Architecture.
Jimmie is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA); he is Past President of the AIA Memphis Chapter and of the NOMA Memphis Chapter. In 2019, Jimmie became a member of the AIA College of Fellows. AIA Fellows are recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Jimmie is also actively involved with the Paul R. Williams Project as a founding member of the Project Committee.
Since 2007 as an Adjunct Instructor of Architecture at the University of Memphis, Jimmie has also been a leader in educating the public and promoting good design. He is often asked to address community groups about community planning and revitalization strategies.
In addition to his planning and architectural expertise, Jimmie engages in real estate development. His current projects are the renovation of the Universal Life Insurance Building and a 36 unit multi family project proposed for 510 Dr. ML King Jr. Avenue.
"It's not necessarily all about the building. You definitely want to engage the people and create Architecture that meets their needs and enhances their lives."
– Jimmie Tucker
Mario Walker is a passionate young designer and architect who has been a part of Self + Tucker Architects since 2005. He earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Memphis in 2012.
His high level of creativity and responsible, sustainably minded design is fundamental to every design opportunity and he strongly believes that quality of life is enriched by every well-designed structure and public space.
With over 15 years of experience in the architecture profession, Mario is motivated to push the field of architecture toward greater cultural and community engagement. He is interested in the lessons that contemporary architecture can take from historic architecture as practical sustainability. Evidence of this can be seen in Memphis' diverse, well-preserved and maintained historic neighborhoods, which he sees as a model for contemporary development.
His design experience includes neighborhood planning and streetscapes development; institutional and mixed-use developments including schools, museums, medical and religious institutions, transportation hubs, and public open spaces. He has experience in all phases of the design process as well as in managing complex project teams and working closely with Owners, Contractors and Community Partners. His design work has been recognized and has won awards locally, regionally and nationally.
Mario has served as a studio instructor assistant within the undergraduate studios at the University of Memphis, served as guest juror at the university, lectured at design industry events, and participated in numerous community-centered design events benefitting greater Memphis. He also holds a position on several local boards including, President of the local NOMA Chapter, AIA National Emerging Professionals Task Force, Memphis and Shelby County Building Code Board and the Memphis Zoological Society Board. He has previously served as Emerging Professional Director of AIA Memphis Chapter. He greatly enjoys biking, photography, traveling, and sharing his passion for architecture with his family, friends and community.
Mario resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with his wife Hope, son Jude, and daughter Maréa.
"So...You worked for free to worsen a presentation for a meeting that won’t happen for a project that doesn’t exist?! Oh…You must be an ARCHITECT! "
Andrew is a Registered Architect with over 45 years experience in master planning, design, project management, and construction phases of architecture.
He has experience in all building types and has extensive experience in the design of residential facilities. He has designed thousands of residential units ranging from single family homes to large continuing care retirement communities. He was the Managing Architect for ServiceMaster Facilities Development Services International which owned, developed, designed, constructed and managed assisted living facilities throughout the United States. Since joining Self Tucker Architects in 1999, Andrew has managed a variety of projects.
Associate Principal Director of Architecture
"When the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."
– Leonardo Da Vinci