Self+Tucker Architects


Green Leaf Learning Farm CTE Building

The Green Leaf Career Technology “CTE” Building is Phase 4 of the Green Leaf Agritourism Master Plan. The new 2-story 3600 SF building will serve as a location where the community can gather, learn, dine, and enjoy entertainment and activities. Green Leaf focuses its efforts on three strategic pillars: education, community/economic development, and healthy food access/security. Consequently, the building will feature Collaborative Multi-use Space, a Culinary Kitchen, Interior and Exterior Dining Areas along with Offices and Meeting space on the Second Floor for the GLLF Administrative Team. The project also proposes to implement solar panels on the roof.

Cordova District Planning

As apart of Memphis 3.0 planning efforts, STA designed improvements to 2 anchor areas in the community. Old Cordova / Within the Old Cordova location, there are vacant buildings and spaces in need of new life. The design proposes to renovate the buildings with façade improvements and new programs. The open spaces could hold various development opportunities while maintaining the historic character of the area. Also, the new improvements to the public realm include new public access and amenities such as bike lanes, crosswalks, walking trails, public plazas, and landscaping improvements. Fischer Steel / The current Fischer Steel area along Germantown Parkway has an abundance of industrial and open space that could supply greater natural spaces for residents to gather and have more connections to the existing Shelby Farms access point. Walkability, streetscapes, and connections are proposed to be improved to create more pedestrian-friendly commercial spaces and providing more outdoor public amenities.

Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan

In our role as Memphis 3.0 Architects and Planners, Self+Tucker Architects is working with the City of Memphis Planning Staff, district residents, community stakeholders and a Memphis based artist to craft a future land use strategy for 5 planning districts in Memphis. The districts include Frayser, South Memphis, Whitehaven, Raleigh, and Cordova. We have been stationed within each district for 3 months to engage in community based planning and conduct a series of workshops. The workshops provide opportunities for residents to identify essential characteristics, establish priorities, and consider ways in which the district might improve, change, and grow over the next 20 years. A unique aspect of our comprehensive planning process are the community engagement activities led by our Artist Neili Jones. During our time in each district the artist hosts pop-up community engagement events to creatively encourage and inform residents about upcoming workshops and how they can get involved. Our visualization team is also crafting renderings that incorporate the community input and reflect the aspiration and outcomes that the Memphis 3.0 participants envision for the transformation of their communities.

Green Leaf Learning Farm Agri-tourism Master Plan

Green Leaf Learning Farm (GLLF) is a signature program of Knowledge Quest. STA has been assisting GLLF with Planning and Architectural Services since 2013. The Master Planning of GLLF includes the conversion of 30 former vacant, blighted lots and the repurposing of 3 abandoned buildings into an urban micro-farm. The current focus of our work with GLLF is an Agri-tourism Master Plan. Tourism opportunities are abundant with over 60,000 tourists currently visiting the neighborhood through STAX Museum. GLLF is prepared to leverage their existing assets. STA is assisting GLLF to take this project to its next plateau and excited to develop a neighborhood level community development initiative of national significance. The Master Plan will produce an overall, 3-acre site plan, lot specific renderings and to support Agri-tourism development and related income generation. A project that combines a 10-unit, Enterprise Green Certified apartment community; Commons Building; Farm Infrastructure; a Packhouse; and Agri-tourism through tenets of sustainability, conservation, education and food security.

Memphis Heritage Trail Green Streets Retrofit Initiative

Self+Tucker Architects in partnership with the City of Memphis Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the local landscape architects Jackson Person & Associates, Inc. received the 2013 Mid-South Regional Greenprint sub-planning award for the development of the Memphis Heritage Trail Green Streets Retrofit Initiative. The grant funded the design of environmental/green retrofits as part of the larger planning effort known as the Memphis Heritage Trail. Our team explored environmental solutions such as Low Impact Development (LID) for stormwater management, the Complete Streets Policy for pedestrian friendly streetscapes, traffic calming solutions, and recommendations for green retrofitting of public spaces. The goals of this project was to revitalize the street infrastructure with pervious materials to lessen the impact of stormwater run-off; identify opportunities to link historic sites, green space, and public plazas; and to connect the existing and planned greenways, walking trails, bicycle trails, and riverfront. When implemented, these strategies would have the potential to promote health and wellness in the community and create a neighborhood that would serve as a national example for planning and implementation of sustainable urban practices.

Green Leaf Learning Farm Expansion

Self+Tucker Architects in partnership with the Memphis based Knowledge Quest received the 2013 Mid-South Regional Greenprint sub-planning award for the expansion of the Green Leaf Learning Farm. The vision of the Green Leaf Learning Farm Phase 2 was to expand the opportunities for social and urban renewal of the South Memphis neighborhood through agriculture. The goal was to develop a green Master Plan that would allow Knowledge Quest, a community based non-profit organization, to market and implement their neighborhood-based program of urban farming practices and develop a strategy for sustainable growth. The objective of the Master Plan was to provide access to healthy affordable food for the surrounding community, supply the network of local farmers’ markets, offer Community Supported Agriculture program, and raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating and food preparation. The Phase 2 plan for the Green Leaf Learning Farm also aimed to create a broader learning environment where adults and children could participate in hands-on projects related to urban agriculture, water conservation, and farming skills. With the help of the local community members, our team analyzed the existing assets and the surrounding vacant lots and identified opportunities for Farm expansion. Community engagement through public meetings and workshops played a major role in the development of the final Master Plan.

Memphis Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan

Memphis, Tennessee is an important cultural anchor, recognized throughout the world for its rich music, history and cultural heritage. As one of the most visited cities of the South, Memphis flourishes with stories of the past, specifically the African-American ones. The centuries of struggle for basic human rights and acceptance into the community has deeply scarred the generations of African-American Memphians. It is now time to celebrate their achievements and tell their ‘Story’. 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 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. For additional information on Memphis Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan and updates, please click on our News section.

COGIC Master Plan

STA developed a master plan based on the vision expressed by Bishop G.E. Patterson to expand and enhance the physical presence of the COGIC World Headquarters and the All Saints Bible College and to partner with the Memphis Housing Authority and the City of Memphis to redevelop the Fowler Homes neighborhood and provide new and renovated affordable housing. The master plan is comprised of four major components: COGIC World Headquarters, All Saints Bible College, Infrastructure Improvements and Scattered Site Housing.

Hickory Ridge Mall

The Hickory Ridge Mall Master Plan presents a comprehensive approach to repurpose this former regional retail destination. The Master Plan includes a conceptual plan for repurposing the mall, demographic analysis of the area and a market study. The Master Plan presents the context of the area in which the mall is located and proposes a strategy for transforming the Hickory Ridge Mall into a community oriented mixed-use, multi-purpose center. It is proposed to have a Town Square character offering a unique mix of shopping, government and social services, child care, medical care, educational institutions and a banquet facility. Proposed new development includes an 80 unit senior living facility and an outdoor amphitheatre. This plan spans over a period of the next five to six years and anticipates adjusting and adapting to the specific needs of the community.

Memphis Riverfront Master Plan

Place making is the essential ingredient of Urban Design. The Memphis Riverfront Master Plan strives to recreate the Memphis Riverfront as a well-designed environment with a variety of things for people to see and do. The master plan proposes many special places within the plan. Each one different from another, but as a whole they work together by focusing on the Mississippi, making the Riverfront the new “Place To Be” in Downtown Memphis. In addition, the Memphis Riverfront Master Plan endeavors to reunite the city and the river, with an active waterfront downtown and recreational riverfront serving residential neighborhoods to the north and south. The downtown riverfront will become the city’s new “front door”. Self Tucker Architects, as a member of the Cooper Robertson team assisted with the Master Planning effort for this exciting project.

Soulsville USA Comprehensive Community Plan

The revitalization of the Soulsville USA neighborhood will bring to life the spirit and soul of its original community character. It is a collaborative effort of the residents, authorities and stakeholders to improve the housing conditions, secure quality education and training opportunities, create safer streets and introduce vibrant commercial corridors. Initiatives have already been taken toward this master revitalization, including projects such as the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Stax Music Academy/Soulsville Charter School and the New Towne Center.

Memphis Heritage Trail

The project identified strategies, including equitable development; smart growth; context sensitive design; and heritage preservation, that can be utilized to facilitate development with the planning area. A primary focus is protecting and celebrating the cultural heritage and cherished institutions which could be leveraged to create a ''place-making dividend'' for the City.

Whitehaven-Levi Planning

The Whitehaven-Levi Planning District Comprehensive Plan consisted of approximately 40 square miles. The purpose of this study was to develop a comprehensive land use plan that will assess the historic pattern of development and land use and to provide guidelines to direct future growth in this area. This study was combined with a retail market study to enhance retail revitalization. Self Tucker Architects in association with Fisher & Arnold, Inc. reviewed current and historical records such as zoning maps, aerial photographs and census data to develop a base for this study. Land use maps, zoning maps, transportation plans, development revitalization alternatives and statistical data are included in the report.

"The one thing I found to be extremely incredible about Self Tucker was a number of people on that team were already acquainted with Soulsville and the role Stax records had in the community, being the glue that held the community together. "



– Deanie Parker