Dakota McMullen is a driven and passionate emerging professional on the STA Team. A creative and intuitive designer, she artfully integrates well-planned sites,architecture, and interiors into holistically beautiful and impactful places.
Dakota is currently serving as an Intern and has been a member of Team STA continuously since April 2022. During that time, Dakota has performed a variety of professional duties and has demonstrated an ability to work successfully across the disciplines of architecture and interior architecture.
Dakota has also excelled academically in the BFA in Architecture + Interior Architecture program and is now participating in the Accelerated Master of Architecture degree program while successfully balancing academics with professional work at STA. In addition, Dakota is active in the UofM Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students where she Currently serves as President.
Though early in her career, Dakota has developed a track record for effective communication with clients and contractors, thoughtful approaches to community needs, and dedication to excellence in the practice of planning, architecture, and interior design.
Through her work at STA Dakota has gained extensive experience in both Planning and Library Design. Dakota has had primary responsibility for the interior design of the new Orange Mound Library and Genealogy Center as well as Phase 3 of the Universal Life Insurance building interior revitalization.
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.
Nikole is certified through the Construction Specifications Institute both as a Construction Document Technologist and Construction Contract Administrator. With 25 years of experience, she has extensive knowledge of all relevant AIA documents and processes for construction administration.
As our project facilitator, Nikole will organize and coordinate our team’s project materials to ensure a streamlined process. Nikole consistently maintains project records such as Meeting Minutes, Submittals, RFIs, and Change Orders in an organized manner and distributes them for timely approvals. She diligently and effectively assists Project Managers and Principals in every phase from kickoff and analysis through closeout.
"It’s never too late to be what you might have been."
– George Elliot
Sonia is an experienced Project Coordinator focused on placemaking that excites and inspires. Her dual degree in architecture and interior design allows her to develop work that holistically connects buildings, their interiors, and their users to the surrounding context.
An adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, Sonia shares her passion for impactful design with students and the community. She enjoys the opportunity to instill the concept of designing better places in the upcoming generation of architects. She also believes that architecture has societal outcomes beyond the built environment. Sonia serves on the AIA TN Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JE+DI) Committee, which works to create environments where all can thrive.
Sonia’s well-rounded technical skillset and design ethos are critical assets, creating responsive architecture that exceeds expectations.
Senior Project Coordinator
Isaac received his Master of Architecture from the University of Memphis and was awarded the Jonathan King Medal Award for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Design Research as well as The University of Memphis Creative Achievement award. Isaac’s work reflects a strong sense of creativity.
Isaac’s is particularly skilled at creating effective project Site Plans, Renderings and graphics. Isaac goes beyond the standard digital representation, and he incorporates watercolor to showcase an artistic and aspirational flair to projects. He is driven by the profound and real power of designed environments to inspire many. Isaac is currently on the path to licensure while growing his skills in project management and construction drawing production. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, traveling, and water coloring.
""... We must change the lens that ties us to the traditional clinic, hospital, or cancer setting and upgrade our view by looking into places where patient experience is the number one goal.""
– Isaac Barrantes, "Care And Comfort In Architecture: Empathic Design For A Cancer Center"
Glenn joined STA in 2021 and quickly became a rising leader on the team. As a Project Coordinator, Glenn uses his architectural skillsets to engage with diverse user groups and participate in a collaborative design process that strengthens communities.
He is a driven designer with a love for working to restore historic and architecturally significant buildings. Because of his excellent work, he has been promoted to Project Manager for the Historic Clayborn Temple, a designated National Treasure. Glenn brings notable skills and an attention to character and context that result in effective drawings, renderings, and project solutions.
Steve brings strong project management, conceptual and aesthetic skills in service of providing functional and desirable outcomes forproject stakeholders. Steve is outcome-driven and motivated to see projects carried out both efficiently and at the highest possible quality.
Steve has designed and managed a wide range of projects from urban planning and commercial, to educational and residential. In particular Steve has also utilized his project management skills to great success on athletic facilities including collegiate sport facilities and gyms for international companies such as Planet Fitness.
His experience in design has produced results that consistently exceed client and user expectations. Throughout, he has built a strong understanding of how spaces function, the relationships ofthe various components, and the coordination and design detailsnecessary for flawless execution.
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.
Mathieu joined STA to help tell the story of the Universal Life Insurance Building as part of the Memphis Heritage Trail. He has since served as a core team member as Marketing & Planning Coordinator on multiple projects. A proud Memphis native, he is dedicated to incrementally improving Memphis through creative entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, and community development.
Mathieu is a community leader, involved with local neighborhood organizations. He serves on the JUICE Orange Mound board of directors and previously created Slow Down On Semmes, a neighborhood traffic calming effort. Mathieu contributes to STA through his skills in graphic design, knowledge of policy and heart for community engagement.
"For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil."
– 1 Peter 3:17
David is a Strong professional with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Foreign Languages: Spanish from The University of Memphis and BA in Hospitality and Resort Management. He is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of thriving in difficult industries.
He is skilled in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Data Analysis, Public Speaking, and Microsoft Office. Skills such as Lean thinking, 6 Sigma, process and measurable improvement have also bolstered my success in the leadership field. David has an insatiable passion for leadership development in himself and others. He finds great pleasure in watching others succeed and satisfaction in the positions that they hold as they look forward to the future positively.
Business Data Analyst
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 is a talented graphic communicator, and has a reputation for rapidly developing high-impact design soultions, renderings and plans.
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 and earned his Master’s in Architecture degree from the University ofMemphis. Antonio’s thesis, “Empathic Design: Using Kinesthetic Architecture to Empower Children with Autism,” was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award by the Tennessee Council of Graduate Schools.
He is highly skilled in graphic communication and visualization and using various computer software such as REVIT, Sketchup, Lumion and Enscape. Antonio is one of our most capable BIM production team members and his visualization skills enhance communication and engagement with clients and users.
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 assisted and lead many successful projects since joining STA in 2014. An important result is the strong relationships he has developed with clients, consultants, and allied professionals. His communication and graphic design skills are also a valued asset, bringing branding and collaboration to the forefront of STA’s offerings.
Colby has experience with several project types including educational, residential and commercial facilities. In addition to his strong graphic design skills, 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 energy and enthusiasm for Project Management and team building makes him an especially valued member of the STA Team.
"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
Juan, a founding Principal of Self Tucker Architects, Inc., has forty 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
Jimmie is a founding principal of Self + Tucker Architects (STA). During a career spanning 40 years,
Jimmie has remained highly committed to designing and building better communities. Jimmie is a native Memphian, however, he has extended his work at STA toward revitalization projects throughout Memphis and the Delta Region.
The Memphis Innovation Corridor project – part of the City of Memphis Transit Vision Plan – is an
important step in remaking transit in Memphis. The project includes mConnect, the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Memphis. STA designed the 31 new stations. Other significant projects are the Memphis Heritage Trail, FedExForum, Restoration of Historic Clayborn Temple, Stax Museum and Academy, Revitalization of the Historic Melrose School along with similar projects in the cities and towns of six states throughout the Delta.
Jimmie holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University and earned his Master 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.
Since 2007 as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Memphis, Jimmie has taught a generation of architectural students. Jimmie has also been a leader in educating the public about
community planning and intensely promotes sustainable design.
Jimmie is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). He is the past President of the AIA Memphis Chapter and of the NOMA Memphis Chapter. In 2019 Jimmie was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, the AIA’s highest membership honor, for his exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Only 3 percent of the AIA members have this distinction.
In addition to his planning and architectural expertise, Jimmie engages in real estate development. His current projects are the Phase 3 renovation of the Universal Life Insurance Building and a 36-unit multi-family project proposed for 510 Dr. M.L. 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! "