The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us all how everyone’s health is directly affected by the built environment. No one wants to provide an unhealthy workplace, and no one wants to work where they cannot be safe. Businesses want their people to be healthy and safe both for their own sake, and also for the business’s sake. Architecture and design can have a significant impact in creating safe, healthy, and productive environments for your people.

After months of remote working and virtual meetings, many of your employees may feel isolated. By our very nature, humans are social animals....

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Architects are uniquely positioned to help address many of the chronic health challenges our society faces today. From asthma to obesity, diabetes to depression, design can have a profound impact on human health for individuals and communities.

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Whether you own a salon, a restaurant, a corporation, or another business, the architecture and design of your space is important. Anyone who's ever felt crammed in a cubicle, deafened by a loud restaurant, or felt anxious sitting in the waiting room of a doctors office can attest to this.

At Artech, our experienced architects and designers have helped many businesses use their space more efficiently through thoughtful planning and design. See just some of the ways commercial architecture can help businesses succeed and grow.


2020s Architecture and Interior Design Trends

In today's fast-paced world, we're undoubtedly less connected with the natural world than our ancestors were. A rapidly growing urban population and the growing independence on screens and technology have weakened the link between humans and their environment.

Biophilic design weaves together elements of nature and architecture to create spaces that foster creativity, restore wellbeing, and inspire connection with the natural world. Learn more about this design technique.

The Pillars of Biophilic Design

Biophilic design connects humans with the natural...

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So you've decided to build a custom home in Chattanooga, TN. Great! You're probably scouring the internet for advice, asking family and friends for tips, and envisioning what your dream home will look like.

We've put together a list of questions to ask yourself when thinking about your custom home design so that you can start building your custom home with confidence.

Questions To Start With:

  1. What is your budget?
  2. When do you want your home built by?
  3. Where would you like to purchase the land for your home?

These questions...

Our team has designed and built state-of-the-art entertainment facilities including cinemas, restaurants and more.

While catching the latest movie at the theater or heading to a restaurant are pastimes we can't enjoy right now, our Chattanooga architecture firm is taking a look back at some of our favorite cinema and restaurant architecture designs as we look forward to safely getting back to these shared spaces.

Our Custom Home Designs Can Make Your Dream Home A Reality.

Building a custom home is exciting. You get to work closely with your architect to design a layout that works for your family, choose all the finishes to your liking, and build a home that feels unique and perfect for you.

But, building a custom home comes with its own challenges and nuances. In this guide, we'll go over some important information that can help you better prepare for the custom home building process.

1.) The perfect lot can be hard to find

Finding the perfect lot to build your custom home on can be hard.

For example, finding a lot...


Whether you're a family practice, plastic surgery center, or another type of medical office, your doctor's office design is an important part of your client experience. Our Chattanooga architecture firm has experience creating and designing healthcare interiors that make patients, and doctors, feel welcome and at home.

View examples of our healthcare interior design projects below.

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Repurposing a historic building is an admirable goal, but it will require a great deal of preparation in order to succeed. Otherwise, the project will consume an enormous amount of time, and the cost will quickly spiral out of control. By implementing the following steps, though, you can successfully breathe life into an old building and preserve its past glory for future generations to enjoy.

Review the Historical Significance of the Building

It is important to determine the building's historical significance as it relates to the local...


In the world of architecture and interior design, every time period has a distinctive “look”. As we inch closer to a new decade, one may wonder what design trends will define the next era. There are a bevy of architectural ideas swirling around the maelstrom of design for the next 10 years.

Embracing the Old

As the second-hand and vintage clothing industry is growing in popularity, architects and urban planners are increasingly upcycling old structures. Following years of recession and the fall of industry in many cities, there is a large inventory of...

Health Science Center Architecture

Secondary and post-secondary education is a growing industry with no signs of slowing down. While online classes and trade programs are gaining popularity, there is still a high demand for building space at university campuses. The university experience is a culture that supports intense collaboration and personal growth. Universities must continue to meet and exceed student expectations in this area through clever campus design. Here are some elements that higher education leaders consider when planning tomorrow’s university campuses.


Commercial Interior Designer and Architect

You're ready to upgrade your commercial interiors. It's not enough to move desks and rearrange conference rooms. You want a complete renovation that revitalizes your operations. This isn't a DIY project. You want to ensure job success by choosing the right commercial architecture firm. These key steps can help you navigate the process.

Know Your Building

If you own your building, you should have on-hand knowledge or accessibility to the requirements for interior essentials like fire protection and ADA access. If you rent your space, keep your building owner...

Our Community

While other industries experience economic turbulence, the need for rental housing is steadily rising. Employment has increased for nearly everyone in recent years, but people still aren’t able to afford to buy a home. Millennials, young professionals, and empty-nesters desire affordable apartment living that’s rich in amenities and that has a sense of community. The country’s top architecture firms give them what they want with innovative apartment building design elements and purposeful use of space. Here are some trends to watch in multifamily residential...

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Today, social responsibility is an important consideration for businesses of all sizes. Millennials dominate many markets as the top buyers, and global research from Nielsen shows that about 75 percent of them are willing to pay more for products or services from sustainable companies. These are some green initiatives and sustainable design ideas to consider.

Reduce Energy Consumption

About 50 percent of the country's energy is consumed by small and midsize businesses. While energy tops the list of expensive monthly obligations for most...

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Well-designed commercial spaces can improve productivity, lift employee morale, help attract the best job applicants, and give a good impression to clients, visitors, and business partners.

Trends in architectural design and office interior design are often reliable guides for how to create the best commercial spaces. As you consider how to construct or remodel your space in 2019, what are some trends to pay attention to?

Emphasizing Collaboration

Just as people use technology to collaborate on projects across great distances, they demand physical...


Starting the development on a building is an exciting time. The most important variable in regards to the completion of the project is the architect. The architect is responsible for making sure that the building appears and functions as originally intended. Before you start your next project, let this list assist you in the process as you research different architecture firms.

Look For Referrals

Architects primarily receive work through networking. As you research different firms, ask your friends and associates if they have any...

Modern Movie Theater Architecture

While classic choices in design and architecture maintain an element of prestige, there are undeniable trends in color and style that are worth noticing. Each new year ushers in changes – some are subtle, and others are much more dramatic. At Artech, we keep an eye on these new trends and approach each new project with current trends, client needs, and sustainability in mind.

In 2018, one of the main trends we're seeing is locality. By approaching projects with the locality in mind, it can help local economies, and provide a unique, beautiful space. Other institution-specific trends...

Our team has designed and built state-of-the-art entertainment facilities including cinemas, restaurants and more.

With various affordable streaming services out there, movie theaters need to keep finding new ways to attract audiences and encourage them to choose a night at the theater over staying home. Providing additional food and alcoholic beverages is one way they’ve been doing this, but architecture is also key.


At Artech, we have architects that specialize in many fields, including educational architecture. They know how to create classroom and campus spaces to promote a better atmosphere for learning, while keeping design in mind. By utilizing educational space to its full advantage, renovations and rebuilds of schools and campuses can create an area that takes advantage of both function and aesthetic. This generates an environment that benefits hard working students and faculty members alike.

An experienced architecture firm can break up the monotony of a typical box building and...


As with every other industry, the face of healthcare is changing and you need to be prepared for what the future of your industry will bring. If you’re looking to build a new space or renovate an old space, you’re going to need a healthcare design firm with the same vision of the future that you have.

Our Team

When it comes to hiring corporate architecture firms, it is essential that you look for established professional companies with proven track records. Designing for commercial and institutional environments requires skills and certifications pertinent to each industry. You want a firm that is creative and innovative, knowledgeable in contemporary construction methodology and local code compliance, and responsive to project time constraints and budgets. Read on to see three things to look for when hiring a corporate architecture firm for your next project.


Today, many businesses are emphasizing the importance of energy efficient design and sustainability. For our designers at Artech, the reasons are clear: 2016 was the hottest year on record, according to NASA, and the world's natural resources like water, coal, and land are becoming increasingly scarce. To add to that, buildings account for over one-third of the world's energy consumption. As such, we see the need for environmentally-friendly...