Principal, AIA, LEED AP
An artist at heart and a graduate of Auburn University and the Rural Studio, Thomas believes that creativity and responsibility to the community are essential for design of the built environment. As a member of the USGBC and a LEED Accredited Professional since 2003, he leads Tinker Ma’s sustainable design initiatives and continues to research and develop new ways to design and build smarter.
Thomas has served on the local AIA board as Vice President, on the Chattanooga Historic Zoning Committee and currently serves on the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission. He has been published in Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record, Timber Home Living and Environmental Design + Construction. Thomas founded Palmer Built Environments in 2007 and, through new opportunities with Tinker Ma, is excited to continue elevating design and construction.
Principal, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Craig is an Alabama native and Auburn University graduate. He participated in the Rural Studio at Auburn for two terms and realized that architecture is not the solution but is instead the catalyst. Craig believes people make the difference.
Before starting PV Design, Inc. in his garage in 2014, Craig worked for Lord Aeck Sargent in Atlanta and River Street Architecture in Chattanooga, where he eventually became a partner in the firm. In 2016, PV Design moved into a renovated office building on Cherry Street, which is now home to Tinker Ma.
Craig has developed and built several projects in Chattanooga’s urban core. Each time, he has evaluated and incorporated urban design principles and worked to educate the participants on how critical these principles are to the city. As such, he is proud to add urbanist to the various titles he holds: father, husband, architect, welder, carpenter, plumber, electrician and urbanist.
Principal, AIA, NCARB
A graduate of Auburn University, Trey excels in technically sensitive projects for a variety of clients, including state and local governments and institutions of higher learning. His work has appeared in the New York Times and Architect magazine, and he has received an AIA Tennessee Award of Merit.
A natural mentor, Trey is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, a leadership development program that pinpoints promising local professionals in their early to mid-careers. He has served as president for both AIA Tennessee and AIA Chattanooga currently a member of the Board of Directors for Cornerstones, Chattanooga’s non-profit Historic Preservation Organization, and SORBA Chattanooga, a local mountain bike advocacy organization. Trey and his family have been in Chattanooga for a number of years and lead very active lifestyles with mountain biking and water sports, enjoying the outdoor scene that Chattanooga has to offer.
Marcio, a native of Brazil, has more than 15 years of experience in architectural design, construction management, site acquisition and remodeling in both residential and commercial development. He has an extensive background in all aspects of architecture, including design conceptualization, hand-drawn perspective rendering and computer-generated production of construction documents. Among Marcio’s strengths is the ability to create distinctive and unique architecture that responds to clients’ goals, while incorporating green and sustainable design solutions as well.
Marcio earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban design in 2003 from a highly regarded university in Brazil and received a National 1st Prize for his Graduation Project.
In 2013, Marcio relocated his family to Chattanooga, eventually joining the firm and sharing his experience with our team.
Tonya holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and business development in the Chattanooga area. Living in Chattanooga for most of the last 30 years, she has seen the amazing changes that have taken place to make downtown Chattanooga what it is today. She looks forward to the future of Chattanooga’s urban landscape.
Tonya has volunteered for a variety of local nonprofits, serving on boards, working on special event committees and serving as a nonprofit Executive Director. She is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, a leadership development program that pinpoints promising local professionals in their early to mid-careers.
Technology Integration Manager
Jason has a broad background in 3D modeling and documentation, including biomedical, consumer and commercial products. He has more than 10 years of experience modeling architectural buildings.
Jason is highly skilled, using multiple 3D modeling applications such as Autodesk Revit, among others. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a designer for River Street Architecture, a project manager in 3D as-builts for Coast 2 Coast Surveys and a designer for architect Mike Splawn.
Jason is a 1995 ITT Technical Institute graduate with a major in Computer Aided Design & Drafting. After graduation and several years of experience, Jason took the opportunity to give back to his school by teaching at ITT Technical Institute for several years. He lectured and gave hands-on guidance to students by introducing manual drafting on a drafting board as well as computer aided drafting and design techniques.
Senior Project Architect, NCARB
A Chattanooga native, Ben comes to Tinker Ma after 20 years of working in New York City. Focusing primarily on center-city locations, his major projects include high-rise hotels and mixed-use buildings in New York and other large cities around the country. Ben enjoys the complexity of large projects and the teamwork required between the designers, engineers, the owner, and the builder. Realizing a design in physical space is the goal of architecture, and he stays very active through construction, ensuring the ultimate success of the building for the owner and the built environment we all inhabit.
On a smaller scale, Ben has designed offices, restaurants, apartment interiors, renovations of old houses, a rammed-earth farmhouse, mobile chicken coops, and one very fancy treehouse.
Ben received his Master of Architecture degree in 1999 from Miami University in Ohio. Today he enjoys being near his family in Chattanooga and stays active running and cycling in the area.
Project Manager, Associate AIA
Brad is a Chattanooga native, who recently returned to his hometown after 15 years in Nashville. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he was one of four students to participate in the founding year of UPSTART (Urban Program in Sustainable Design Education) in 1997, providing design/build urban infill homes in Chattanooga as a collaboration between Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprises and UTK College of Architecture. This experience was influential in developing his continued interest in innovative construction practices and gaining first-hand community experience in revitalizing urban neighborhoods in Nashville.
His project experience has focused on mixed-use urban infill, locally owned restaurants and bars, boutique retail and high-end residential. Brad is excited to build on his professional and community experiences in Chattanooga, as it continues its trend of growth through quality design and sustainable development.
Project Manager, Associate AIA
Patrick is a 2001 graduate of Auburn University and the Rural Studio program with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He began his career in Birmingham, working on projects ranging from commercial to design-build residential. In 2005, Patrick moved to Charleston and continued with residential design and construction. While there, he became involved with hands-on woodworking as a hobby, using it to explore detailing and methods of construction.
In 2011, Patrick moved to Chattanooga and spent his first three years working in the design-build industry with Haskel Sears Design. As a project manager and designer, Patrick was involved with local projects such as the Flying Squirrel and Tennessee Stillhouse.
Patrick joined the firm as project manager in 2015. Patrick is NCARB Certificate Holder and an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects.
Senior Project Architect, AIA, NCARB
An Ooltewah-Collegedale area native, Dawn is proud to be a part of Chattanooga’s growth and is happy to call it home again. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2002. After two years as part of a team creating animal habitats for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Dawn returned to Knoxville to practice architecture, gaining experience focused on restaurants, retail, civic, historic preservation and multi-family housing projects.
Since moving back to Chattanooga, Dawn has found new beginnings with the Tinker Ma team. She advocates for quality design and collaboration while helping clients navigate the building process – and aims to have fun along the way. Dawn is a licensed architect who serves as Secretary for AIA Chattanooga and provides mentorship for the AIA- STEM school partnership to propel the education of architecture by working with local high school students.
Architect, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC
Jessica has 10 years of experience in commercial, health care and hospitality projects for firms in Tennessee, South Carolina, Kansas and Alabama. Whether thinking strategically through efficient space planning and creative solutions for achieving client objectives or maximizing a tight budget, Jessica has a passion for problem solving through design.
Jessica holds bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Construction Science and Management from Clemson University. In 2013, she completed a Masters of Architecture from the University of Kansas with an emphasis in Health Care Design and thesis in environments for aging.
Jessica lives on Signal Mountain with her husband and two rambunctious daughters. She is an active member of her community, serving the TN PKU Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the Southeast Regional Genetics and Genomics’ (SERGG) Southeast Regional Consumer Network (SERN) committee.
Design Professional, Associate AIA, LEED
Vanessa is a highly creative and skilled designer who recently moved to Chattanooga from the Greater New York area. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from California College of the Arts, she gained experience working in high-end residential architecture.
Vanessa has a continued interest in exploring the potential connection between traditional technique and digital process. She has quickly built a portfolio of numerous impressive projects utilizing digital design, custom fabrication and residential construction.
If she is not working, enjoying nature or water sports, Vanessa is likely out searching for her next personal architectural revival project.
Candace has a critical eye for detail that aids in her creative solutions for complex designs. Having begun her education in historical preservation and restoration she has a distinct view of architecture; she believes the brightest futures are built by pulling from the past. With an Associate of Science in Drafting and Design, Candace is able to combine innovative design with existing conditions. During more than six years of experience as a BIM modeler, she specialized in as built documentation for a variety of clients, including residential remodelers, hospitality, health care, and commercial renovators. She provides elements critical to creating successful designs for Tinker Ma and is a valued member of the team. Candace is Autodesk certified and brings years of experience using Autodesk products to their full benefit for each client.
Candace and her family are members of Olivet Baptist Church and are active in Healing Hearts Outreach, a community outreach program helps local homeless and low income families. They also work closely with the Chattanooga Community Kitchen to provide free hot meals twice a month.