Centric, PLAD join forces

Nashville architecture firms merge

One of Nashville's oldest architecture firms and one of its newest have joined forces.

Centric Architecture — founded in 1955 — and Plummer Lowe Architecture & Design are merging and will go forward under the Centric name.

“This merger represents two inventive firms coming together to better imagine, design and execute projects for clients here in Middle Tennessee and beyond,” said Centric principal Marion Fowlkes, who's pictured at left. “We found a great deal of synergy with PLAD – such as our mutual interest in designing quality, inspiring spaces, and our unwavering focus on each client’s unique needs – that make this partnership an ideal fit.”

Recent projects for Centric include renovations at the Trolley Barns on Rolling Mill Hill, where the firm will now be headquartered. PLAD did the design work for the post-flood renovations at the Grand Ole Opry House.

David Plummer and Justin Lowe, principals and founders of PLAD Studio, along with Centric’s Gina Emmanuel, join existing principals Fowlkes and Jim Thompson in leading the firm.

“We see our philosophy, approach and current clientele aligning perfectly with Centric, and we’re looking forward to our future working together in leading the firm forward,” said Plummer. “We are delighted to bring our capabilities together in service to our existing and future clients.”

In collaboration with both the public and private sectors, Centric helped to renovate downtown Nashville’s Trolley Barns as part of the Rolling Mill Hill community redevelopment. The once-neglected brownfield is now re-energized into a thriving mixed-use neighborhood, where nonprofit organizations, technology companies, government agencies, and design and creative firms can now work and grow.

“The Rolling Mill Hill district, being a constantly evolving example of adaptive reuse, community-driven design and Nashville’s resurging creativity, embodies and amplifies the values of our new team, and we are proud to call it home,” said Emmanuel.