Dan Brittain, Principal Architect

As Principal Architect, Dan has a passion for simplicity and a straight forward approach to design.  He focuses on working smarter not harder.  His experience is in a wide array of building types and enjoys the challenge each and every project brings.  Dan has a belief in education and affordable housing for everyone which allows him to work closely with entities and jurisdictions to provide these services.  As a firm proponent of the Golden Rule, Dan believes it is a fundamental aspect of life and tries to practices it everyday.  Be Kind to Others and They will Be Kind in Return…

A graduate of The University of Tennessee School of Architecture in 1998, Dan received his Architectural license in 2002 and is currently licensed in several states.  He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Dan enjoys working with aspiring youth and is a member of the local AIA K-12 Outreach Committee.

Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, family, pets, and is proud to have three wonderful children.  He is fascinated by vintage photography, collects old archaic camera equipment, and likes spending time in his darkroom.  Dan also fantasizes about tinkering around with his massive collection of classic cars that he hopes to have someday.

Dakota Montgomery, Project Architect

As a Project Architect, Dakota is an enthusiastic designer who strives to simplify and enhance people’s interaction with the built environment. She excels at coming up with creative solutions to design needs to meet client’s timeline expectations (Translation: She is quick like a fox!). Dakota enjoys fostering relationships with clients and walking them through the design and construction process. She enjoys bringing projects to life through sketches and renderings and allowing the client to experience their project before it is built. Her experience includes a variety of projects including custom residences, commercial buildings, historic renovations, industrial buildings, and affordable housing.

A graduate from The University of Tennessee School of Architecture in 2013, Dakota received her State of Tennessee Architectural license in 2019. Dakota is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Dakota enjoys spending time with her two kiddos and husband. She loves spending time outdoors and gardening. She enjoys being involved in the Deaf Community which her son is part of and jumps at the opportunity to serve her community as needed.

Michelle Mokry, Associate Architect

As Associate Architect, Michelle thrives on engaging clients and helping to actualize their ideas. She excels with attention to detail and very much enjoys using her creative flair to put the finishing touches on every project she encounters whether it is to manage or design. She has experienced a wide variety of project types, giving her the ability to switch gears quickly and be flexible with timeframes and works scopes. Michelle is also a firm believer in the ability to communicate effectively with all individuals is essential, no matter what industry one works in. She strives to impart these skills daily. She feels these traits are basic tenants to doing well, and thus the philosophy, If you are going to do something, do it well!

A graduate of The University of Tennessee School of Architecture in 2004, Michelle is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She also obtained her LEED AP Status in 2007 in the Existing Building O+M category and always looks for a way to bring sustainability into every project, no matter the scale. Michelle also enjoys working with the Knox Brix and Blocks events with the AIA as a community out-reach program for kids of all ages. (Translation: It’s really a reason for her to be around Legos!)

Michelle recently built a custom home and is enjoying putting the finishing touches on her property with her husband. The experience of building a personal home has given her invaluable insight into her profession to the challenges many building owners often go through as an owner. She also loves making wine, gardening, cooking, participating in events within the creative community and spending time with her animal menagerie. She and her husband like to work on projects around their property as well as travel.

Ann McClennon, Drafter

As a Drafter, Ann works closely with the Architects in the office during production with the BIM software Revit.

Over the past five years Ann has been attending college working towards a Bachler’s degree in Architecture/Drafting. She attended Keene State College in Keene, NH from 2015 to 2017. In June of 2017, she relocated to Tennessee to attend the University of Tennessee Knoxville in their Architecture program. Upon finishing her first semester at UTK she realized that she no longer wanted to pursue an Architecture degree and instead, switched her focus to drafting. She enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College where she obtained a certificate in Building Information Modeling and Fundamentals of Sustainability. Ann is retired from the Air Force, where she spent 20 years working in logistics.

Ann has two children ages 21 and 23. She has a Can Am Sypder and is a member of the Combat Motorcycle Association (Vet Helping Vets). She also enjoys making stained glass art and photography.

Marie Sheddan, Housing Specialist

As Housing Specialist, Marie has found her calling, working with housing authorities. Marie began working with housing authorities in 1989 while working with an A/E company as a drafter in the mechanical/engineering department. There was a need to work on all facets of housing work, assisting with grant writing, management assistance, Spec Writing, Construction Management, to name a few. Marie doesn’t claim to know everything regarding public housing, but with over 30 years experience she has a hard time finding someone with more expertise.

Marie is a graduate of Pellissippi State Community College in 1988, with an AE Degree in Civil Engineering with the emphasis on Construction. Marie also attained her Public Housing Manager (PHM) certification 2000 and her Senior Professional Housing Manager (SPHM) certification in 2001. Marie serves on the Scholarship Committee, part of the Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (TAHRA) and finds that very gratifying as a way to give back to the community.

Marie enjoys spending time with her husband. She is blessed to have four children and eleven grandchildren. Marie and her husband have a second residence in Asheville, North Carolina and enjoy travelling.

Collen Vesser, Housing Specialist

As a Housing Specialist, Colleen works in all aspects of Public Housing including EPIC planning, 5-year plans, architectural specifications, grant writing, marketing, Requests for Proposals and Request for Qualifications.

As a certified Grant Writer from The University of Tennessee, Colleen can write grants from a variety of sources including Federal, State, Community and Private Foundations.

Colleen enjoys “cabin camping” in the beauty of East Tennessee with her two children 13-year-old Charles and 10-year-old Lilah.  She enjoys hiking, scavenger hunts, kayaking and canoeing in the wilderness, but she has yet to see a bear. She also loves to watch movies with her children.