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AIA Diversity Recognition Program

A Celebration of Diversity in Architecture


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One Firm: Diverse Practice

Since its inception in 1995, diversity has been a central component of Self Tucker Architects’ mission. We have sought to project our philosophy of inclusion beyond our workplace into every aspect of the community. We strive to be a model for promoting diversity in the workplaces, architecture profession business community and our city as a whole. We recently received the 2008 Diversity Memphis Award of Excellence in recognition for these efforts.

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As we design buildings and public spaces we seek to improve the Memphis landscape, we also seek to foster relationships with our diverse clients from various community sectors such as government, religion, education, healthcare, community development, affordable housing, commerce, etc. It is through these relationships which bridge political, economic, religious, ethnic and racial lines that we are able to serve as examples of how inclusion can effectively be used to accomplish positive change.

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STA Core Values


STA consistently delivers the highest level of service to our clients.


STA promotes continuing education and professional development to stay abreast of current trends and best practices.


STA creates an environment where input is encouraged and new ideas are shared.


STA supports many community and civic organizations through participation in activities that provide positive outcomes for the community.



STA celebrates and promotes cultural diversity among staff, across our client base, and project end users.


STA advocates equality of service and endeavors to empower underserved populations by providing access to quality planning and responsive design services.


STA strives for profitability each year, allowing us to share our success with Team STA and community.


STA practices environmental stewardship and sustainable development through advocacy and staff accreditation

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International Employees

Over the past 13 years, STA has hired a number of foreign professionals from around the world by utilizing USCIS H1B visa program. Although these individuals bring exceptional skills learnt in their home countries, STA, by providing appropriate training and opportunities, helps them in the competitive US job market and achieving challenging career goals.

Neeraj Kumar


Registered Architect/Project Manager

Erin Yan-Hamby


Project Manager

Eric k Liangwei Lin


Project Manager

Patricia Ahiadzipe


Project Coordinator

Oscar Andrade


Project Coordinator

Rodrigo Garcia


Project Coordinator

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Pro Bono Work for Diverse Communities

The slogan of Self Tucker Architects is Design a Better Memphis. Our work is focused on Downtown and neighborhood revitalization.

STA provided pro bono design and construction observation services to United Housing Inc for the Nehemiah Homes project. STA design two floor plans and four different front elevations to allow some variety among the 24 infill homes that were developed by UHI. The Nehemiah Homes are affordable housing of approximately 1300 SF and the average sales price is $75,000.00.

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STA team interns were involved with the development of the sustainable design demonstration home hosted by the Center of Sustainable Design at the University of Memphis. The TERRA (Technologically + Environmentally Responsive Residential Architecture) is a high performance, healthy and sustainable home which is currently under construction.

STA designed the CCC Demonstration House to, provide realistic, hands-on development experience for aspiring developers, involve participants in decision making, and to help increase the number of women and minorities in downtown development. The home is currently under construction.

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Leadership Opportunities

Jimmie Tucker is currently the AIA Memphis Chapter President. The Memphis Chapter has more than 300 members. There were several opening on the Board of Directors as prepared to assume the role of Chapter President. Jimmie made a concerted effort to invite minorities and women to serve on the 2008-09 Board of Directors. An African American woman, Mona Pedro is serving as an Associate Director. Lester Ferdinand, an African American registered architect, serves as the IDP Director. It was important the Board be an example of diversity and inclusion. In addition it was an opportunity to bring new energy and new perspectives to the Board.

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Within the office of Self Tucker Architects there is a strong emphasis on professional development: Self Tucker Architects University (STAU), Lunch and Learns, continuing education opportunities outside of management, and Staff Retreats.

We make opportunity available to staff member that in they may not get at other firm. This is possible because of the high ratio of experienced registered architects that we have on staff. These architects work closely with the less experience staff to assure that they are taking on increasing levels of responsibility with each new assignment. In addition, for smaller projects the interns are designated as the leader and they perform the same management task the Project Managers do on larger project. This experience equips them to be better team members on larger projects.

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Outreach Initiatives

Due to the local scarcity of minorities in the field of architecture, we have to recruit most of our minority professional from outside of Memphis. We actively recruit from the major architecture schools within the region such as the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee, Mississippi State University and Washington University. We also provide summer work/mentoring opportunities for college students. The firm principals are also active members of the National Organization of Architects and taps into networks and resources to attract experienced professional as well. Recruiting is challenging. However, we understand that the key is making the upfront decision and commitment to developing a diverse staff. It does not just happen on its own.

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Self Tucker Architects is an active participant in the National Organization of Architects. Through attendance at the annual NOMA Conference we have met several students who later worked as intern at our firm. STA is also actively engages with the University of Memphis School of Architecture on a number of initiatives that active support and outreach to minorities and women in the profession.

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STA has spearheaded and participated in many educational outreach programs in inner city disadvantged schools and communities. Some project we have been involved in are the Overton High School redevelopment , the new Manassas High School Development, numerous school visits and Career Day events, South Memphis and Frayser community charrettes, and Shelby County Library Mentoring Programs.

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Community Service Activities

STA is very active in community service activities and programs, especially during the month of September which is formally referred to as ‘Architecture Month’ in the city of Memphis. During this time of the year, STA encourages employees to participate in such activities as the Lectures and Film Series, the annual Chalk Art Festival, AIA related exhibits and shows, the annual AIA Home Tour, and local community gatherings.

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Listed are a few of the many certificates, letters of appreciations, and thank you notes to the STA team.

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AIA Diversity Recognition Program

A Celebration of Diversity in Architecture

“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.” -Anonymous



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