Joseph M. Cole

Joseph's interests lie in the relationship between community advocacy, sustainability, economic development, and quality design and how they can merge to create meaningful architecture. As a student at the University of Tennessee, Joseph's passion for community design and development was ignited while volunteering as a Lead Architectural Design Intern at the East Tennessee Community Design Center. Joseph continued to become heavily involved on campus and the local community, going on to be awarded with the Chancellor's Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award, UT's highest award for improving cultural diversity on campus. Joseph now works as a licensed Architect at Thomas, Miller and Partners, and has experience contributing to architectural designs for healthcare, government, and higher education facilities. He has gone on to represent his firm in various civic organizations and obtain LEED AP and CDT certifications. Joseph also volunteers with the ACE Mentor Program, AIA Emerging Professionals Committee, and the US Green Building Council.

In 2013, Joseph was one of four people in the nation recognized as an Allstate Giveback Day Hero. These individuals are recognized for their outstanding commitment to volunteering in his or her community and continuing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy of community service.

When Joseph is not designing you can find him volunteering at his church, traveling, collecting gadgets, and obsessing over Tennessee Titans Football.