Digital Agency

sbird Commercial, Office

A digital agency wanted an office that reflected its culture: where southern charm meets the wild west. Because the location was formerly an architectural office, much of the existing conference rooms and open collaborative spaces lent themselves well toward the agency’s working culture. However, the suite needed updating to align with the youthful and edgy persona. Lay-in ceilings were removed, …

Clayton-Bradley Academy

Clayton-Bradley Academy

sbird Education, K-12

Clayton-Bradley Academy, founded in 2013, creates an environment for children to embrace education and ignite a passion for learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In June 2019, Clayton-Bradley Academy engaged JAI to develop a new Student Union facility to support middle and high school education. The project included the development of a quad area and the installation of …

The Armory

admin Commercial

The Armory is a dining and entertainment destination planned for downtown Maryville. The development’s design pays homage to a deteriorated, historic structure on the site while enlivening the venue through a mix of indoor and outdoor spaces. The 27,400-square-foot venue includes approximately 15,450 square feet on the main level and 11,950 square feet above. The main level is planned to …

Lakeway Christian Academy

admin Education, K-12

Set atop a broad knoll in rural East Tennessee, this state-of-the-art school serves middle and high school students in an extensive and well-appointed learning environment. A vast sports complex and performing arts center are open for use as well. Lakeway Christian Academy retained JAI to develop a 43-acre site into a high school and middle school campus. The overall development …

Reclaimed Lakehouse

sbird Residential, Single Family Leave a Comment

After losing the original log home to a fire in 2011, the owners wanted to recreate and enhance their lake property with a new home composed of the reclaimed materials of three 1800-era East Tennessee barns. The existing barns were thoroughly documented, disassembled and stored. The structural oak frame of an 1850s barn was reassembled to create the main roof …

Vida and The Vault

admin Commercial, Restaurant

The Holston building has been a staple in the fabric of downtown Knoxville since 1913. JAI partnered with the owners of two commercial floors of The Holston to renovate, restore and preserve the spaces for a high-end restaurant and retro cocktail bar, Vida and The Vault, respectively, that opened in January 2021. The luxurious entertainment and dining venues showcase special …

Norton Creek Estates

sbird Master Planning/Charrette Leave a Comment

Part of a premier non-rental, luxury development in East Tennessee, The Estates at Norton Creek brings contemporary amenities and innovative designs to the rustic charm of old-world mountain cabins. As master architects for this sprawling, 3,000-acre residential community nestled adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, JAI developed design guidelines, site amenities and a number of private vacation homes. …

Hotel Concept

admin Hospitality, Leisure

JAI was tasked by a development group to reimagine the former Ruby Tuesday headquarters building, prominent in downtown Maryville, into a 52-room boutique hotel. Based on the building’s roots as a bank, the exterior design was inspired by the original Art Deco lobby, with a mid-century materials palette of black steel, white marble, wood accents and glass. A cantilevered valet …

Blackberry Mountain Guest House Concept

csexton Residential, Single Family

JAI delivered the client’s vision: “a modern treehouse made of glass and steel.” Set on Blackberry Mountain with sweeping views of the Great Smoky Mountains, the elevation of the house allows an entry approach on a bridge through the trees and enhanced mountain views to the south. The JAI team designed this unique home in a minimalist form using stone, …

KCDC Austin Homes Master Plan

csexton Master Planning/Charrette, Multi-Family, Residential

In 2018, Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) engaged Gensler and JAI to develop a master plan to upgrade the Austin Homes site for residents and improve neighborhood connectivity while respecting the site’s history and identity. Located just east of downtown Knoxville, Austin Homes redevelopment is a catalyst for East Knoxville community revitalization. With various densities of residential development ranging from …