About our Studio
Our focus on sustainability is also infused within our own studio. Our studio is located in the historic WROL Building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. When we decided to move here from our former Old City location, we had the fantastic opportunity to design our own studio as a sustainable space.
Our build out of the second and third floors at 524 S. Gay Street has earned LEED Gold from the USGBC’s LEED Commercial Interiors rating system. Features include low flow plumbing fixtures, sustainably harvested wood floors, low VOC finishes, daylight sensors, and local materials. Our water savings is 40% over a conventional office, and our lighting systems are 25% more energy efficient than an office just built to meet code. Best of all, our electricity consumption is 44% less per square foot at our new office than it was at our previous space. We can bus, bicycle or walk to work, we recycle everything possible, we purchase green power, and generally try to live and work in the most sustainable way possible.
Our staff is well versed in sustainable design
Elizabeth Eason Architecture’s staff research the best sustainable design practices and hold several LEED credentials. Having a high level of sustainable design knowledge throughout all levels of staff allows us to incorporate these principles into every project. We also take time each week for an in-office educational session for staff. We use this time for a design charrette, to share construction photos of a current project, or to discuss a particular sustainable principle. It is a fun way to share what we have learned and to conclude the work week.
We are recognized as the leading sustainable design firm in the area. If you would like to be a part of our team, please email your resume to info@EEArchitecture.com.
AIA, LEED FELLOW
Elizabeth Eason founded Elizabeth Eason Architecture, LLC in 2003 and serves as principal architect. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Architecture, and she brings over 20 years of professional experience to the firm. Her work experience includes commercial, retail, hospitality, residential, and government clients. She has worked with architects, engineers, and contractors in Melbourne Australia; Seattle Washington; and Eugene Oregon, but Knoxville has always been her hometown.
Her passion for sustainable design began early during a childhood spent playing in the East Tennessee mountains. Naturally, she grew up with an appreciation of the ecological beauty of this region. Elizabeth continues to spend free time hiking and playing in the mountains.
Elizabeth is a founding member of the East Tennessee U.S. Green Building Council and served two terms as chair. She has served on the Knoxville Tree Board, Knox Heritage, and volunteers with the East Tennessee Community Design Center. She also served on the Knoxville Energy and Sustainability Task Force and Governor Bredesen’s Tennessee Energy Policy Task Force. She currently serves on the Knoxville Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission and as chair of the US Green Building Council Tennessee Chapter board of directors.
Michael graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Architecture and brings over 25 years of professional experience to the firm. He also holds Architectural licenses in Virginia, North and South Carolina. His work experience includes commercial, retail, residential and government clients. He has worked with developers, engineers and contractors throughout the Southeast. Michael was drawn to the firm by its passion for design and sustainability core values.
His free time is spent working with his horses and on his property near Alcoa. He also enjoys being a “shade tree” mechanic on his automobiles.
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Monika Miller’s interest in design and sustainability led her to architecture because she saw a need and potential for improvement in this realm. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from the University of Tennessee and is a licensed architect. Monika works as a Project Architect, marketing coordinator and bike messenger at Elizabeth Eason Architecture, LLC.
Outside of work, Monika can be found exploring the city by bike, hiking in the mountains, designing clothes, or reading on her porch. She enjoys promoting and eating locally grown foods, aspires toward a carbon-neutral lifestyle, and serves on Knoxville TPO’s Regional Bike Advisory Committee.
ASSOC. AIA, LEED GREEN ASSOC.
Geoffrey is a designer in our firm. He earned his Bachelor or Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 2015. While in school he concentrated on learning about sustainable design practices and used that knowledge when he was a part of the Green Oak Initiative design team. The team won gold at UTK EUReCa for designing a net-zero energy/water bunk house for the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky. He was drawn to Elizabeth Eason Architecture because of their passion for sustainability and general altruistic philosophy.
When outside of the studio he likes to spend his time “urban hiking” throughout Downtown Knoxville and utilizing its many restaurants, shops, theaters, and festivals. He also spends time indulging himself in stories through books, movies, TV shows, and face-to-face conversations.
ASSOC. AIA, LEED GREEN ASSOC.
Emily, a designer in our studio, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2013. While in school, she collaborated with a team of students from various disciplines on the design of a residential community in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti. She also co-edited and designed the second edition Haiti publication, “Life Color Connection,” which chronicled the project and class experience. Emily was the president of the University of Tennessee chapter of Tau Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Architecture and Allied Arts. For recreation, Emily spends time enjoying the urban revival scenes, hiking the Smokey Mountain trails, and practicing ballet.
ASSOC. AIA, LEED GREEN ASSOC.
Jason is a designer with our firm. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology in 2006 from East Tennessee State University, and a Master of Architecture with concentrations in Urban Design as well as Historic Conservation and Stewardship from The University of Tennessee in 2014. He was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal in 2014. While in graduate school, he participated as a graduate research assistant on the PlanET research project Knoxville 2040: Centers and Corridors, and completed his research and design thesis on using civic architecture as a catalyst to support a sustainable system of urban agriculture.
His lifelong interest in the built environment lead him to pursue an education that would prepare him for architectural design and fabrication. In his personal time, he can often be found cycling local greenways, kayaking the local rivers and lakes, as well as hiking or gardening. Indoors, he can often be found in his workshop, turning wood as a hobby.