Since first opening our doors in 1967, we’ve been fortunate to work on design projects of many types and sizes. Our offerings and expertise have evolved and expanded over the years, but the core of our philosophy remains the same: focus on the success of our clients.
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The beginning

After a few years of working for other firms in Nashville, Tennessee, Batey Gresham and Flem Smith’s acquaintance grew into a friendship after a chance meeting at a local AIA-sponsored event. Batey, who had recently ventured out on his own, and Flem, who had envisioned starting his own firm since earning his architecture degree, soon drafted a partnership agreement. In April 1967, Gresham and Smith Architects was born.

The two accepted their first commission in 1967 for an academic building and dormitories at a Nashville military academy. Soon after, Gresham and Smith Architects was fortunate to become a primary architect for the newly formed Healthcare Corporation of America (HCA). The relationship — one that continues today — was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that helped successfully position us as a leader in innovative hospital and healthcare facility design.
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Gaining momentum

Gresham and Smith quickly expanded to include interior design, civil and structural engineering, landscape architecture, and environmental services, and offices were opened across the Southeastern United States. In addition to expanding service lines, expertise continued to grow into different industries, including projects for commercial, transportation, environmental, and industrial clients.

In 1977, only ten years after the company’s founding, Gresham and Smith Architects was ranked as one of the top ten architecture firms in the U.S. by ENR Magazine. Four years later, Gresham and Smith Architects became Gresham, Smith and Partners.
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Continued success

GS&P is now one of the largest, most discipline-diverse design firms in the United States. We boast a portfolio that includes a wide range of projects: from rural clinics to massive-scale healthcare campuses; from historical renovations to new Fortune 500 headquarters; from small town streetscapes to multi-State intelligent transportation systems; and, from community water pump stations to life-saving flood gates.

We believe our growing mix of industry experience, combined with the ability to gain design insight from multiple in-house disciplines, gives us an advantage that directly benefits the success of our clients. As we continue to expand our service offerings and locations in a way that meets the demands of modern design and responsibility, we do so with the focused vision of “building value with our clients, our people and the world.”
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