Designing Creative Solutions with Genuine Care
Gresham Smith is a team of diligent designers, creative problem-solvers, insightful planners and seasoned collaborators who work closely with clients to improve the cities and towns we call home. Our employees are diverse in experience, yet we all have one thing in common: genuine care for each other, our partners and the outcome of our work. From roadways and pathways that connect people and places, to hospitals that promote well-being and recovery, to corporate campuses that encourage productivity and teamwork, we have the pleasure of designing communities’ most vital institutions and infrastructure.
What We Believe
Gresham Smith was built on a foundation of collaboration and excellence, and our standards still reflect the sincere desire to do our jobs and serve our clients and community well. Our culture of care extends through all we do, which we hope to extend to all of our clients, partners and employees.
Tagline & Brand Promise: Genuine Ingenuity
This statement is both our brand promise and our tagline. No matter who the firm works with, clients, employees, partners and community organizations can all expect to collaborate with authentic, personable people who produce highly functional and highly creative solutions.
Vision: Gresham Smith will be a market leader building value with our clients, our people and the world.
Core Purpose: We plan, design and consult to create healthy and thriving communities.
Core Values: Commitment, Integrity, Respect, Teamwork
This set of four defines our behavior, not only with clients or on projects, but with one another.
2021 Firm Profile
As a firm, our strategy is built on the intertwined perspectives of People & Culture, Practice, Clients and Business outcomes. We invest in our people and cultivate a sense of belonging, collaboration and teamwork; we are committed to delivering exceptional quality and added value to our clients; and we believe in smart, sustainable growth.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) is imperative to the long-term health of our organization and to the communities in which we live, work and play. We take our commitment to embrace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion seriously, and we invest in the diverse and talented people who make up our firm.
Our story began as memorable nights often do: over good conversation. In 1967, the Nashville chapter of the American Institute of Architects held a networking event for locals in the industry. That very night, Batey Gresham met Flem Smith.
Both men envisioned ventures of their own after stints at other architecture firms. And so, it wasn’t long before the two forged a partnership to launch Gresham and Smith Architects.
As the duo began building their shared portfolio, they caught the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the primary architect for the newly formed Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). The work with HCA defined the direction of the firm’s future, paving the path for excellence and innovation in healthcare facility design—and beyond.
Over the next few decades, we diligently built on our healthcare portfolio, expanding into a wide range of industries and serving clients and cities across the globe.
The quality of our personnel carries all the way to the top at Gresham Smith. With hard-earned expertise and a deep understanding of our process and culture, our leadership guides the way in breaking new ground.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility
As responsible stewards of the built environment, we measure our successes by the impact on our clients, our teams and the world around us. We strive to put our scale and influence to good use, starting in our offices with waste reduction and extending to our community with donation, sponsorship and volunteer time. For our clients, we innovate for future flexibility by staying current with industry advancements, best practices and policy updates, iterating on past learnings to create long-lasting solutions. We also encourage our staff to participate in industry organizations and contribute subject matter expertise, as employee growth and development are essential for our forward progress.
Our Response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has left an indelible mark on the way we think about public health and safety, public spaces and the built environment as a whole. At Gresham Smith, the health and well-being of our employees, our clients and partners, and the communities we serve is a top priority.