Our pilot project in Tennesee is for Jerry, a 35-year-old man in Chattanooga. Last November, a stray bullet hit him and left him with permanent paralysis from the neck down. He depends on his mother to take care of him, and has a tube for feeding. HFH volunteer architect Ed Garbee has designed an accessible bathroom, and a ramp to allow him the freedom to move around the house, and live in a more supportive environment. Read the full Hamilton County Herald newspaper article for details.
Ed, a native of East Tennessee, earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 1986. With 24 years of experience he started his own firm in March 2010 emphasizing a more personal design experience for the client. See www.garbeearchitecture.com. Ed has designed additions and alterations for large and small commercial developments as well as custom residential work. By engaging the client throughout the design/construction process and providing professional guidance for all aspects of the project, Ed strives to provide the individual owner with the desired result and the surrounding community with architecture that benefits the whole. “As an architect, I believe it is my duty to impact the community in a positive way through individualized, personal service that exceeds my client’s expectations.”
Andrew Smith is an architect and educator with a career characterized by challenging projects in architecture, historic preservation and urban design. He has taught extensively at both the secondary and university levels. Following his father, Andrew has directed for the past 30 years a firm which celebrated one hundred years of service in 2010. Two projects: the restoration of the Walnut Street Bridge, presented a 1995 AIA National Honor Award, and the Tennessee RiverPark are considered to be major contributing factors in the revitalization of Chattanooga’s riverfront. Andrew received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Historic Preservation in 2004. For the past six years he has focused his practice on education and pro bono work in rural and urban neighborhoods.
Japho M. Hardin, IV, Assoc. AIA, NOMA is project manager at SRR & Associates, PC, in Chattanooga, TN. SRR & Associates is a problem solving architecture firm, with a focus on sustainable design, neighborhood and downtown revitalization, urban design, project packing and management. Mr. Hardin is responsible for direct project coordination between the Owner, Consultants, and SRR & Associates.
He is a 2007 graduate of Tuskegee University where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree. Mr. Hardin is currently working toward licensure in the State of Tennessee. He is an associate member of the American Institute Architects and the National Organization of Minority Architects.
Mr. Hardin’s service to community includes, AIA CANstruction, ACE Mentoring of Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Hardin is married to LaNique E. Hardin.