We're celebrating 40 years of MZA by letting our partners take over the social media accounts! This week, it's Andy Grogan's turn.

Andy returned to Nashville after 17 years in Western Massachusetts and joined MZA in 2015. He is a registered architect in Tennessee, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certified, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has managed educational, residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. Andy earned his B.A. in English at Vanderbilt University (1994) and then spent a decade in the construction industry with an emphasis on historic restoration. He completed his Master’s in Architecture at Boston Architectural College (2010), where he graduated at the top of his class. He is a board member of the Crieve Hall Neighborhood Association, organizes and operates the Crieve Hall farmers market, and reviews student portfolios for Boston Architectural College.

1. Where did you go to college and why did you select that institution?

Vanderbilt. I wasn’t particularly motivated to apply to schools so it was between that and Wofford because they were the only places I applied. Would I still be in Spartanburg, SC 31 years later? Probably not…

2. Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville? What do you love about it?

Among the departed: Sunset Grille where my wife and I went on our first date and Rotiers where my friends and I went on Thursday nights. Among the living: Martin’s on Belmont and Thai Essane.

3. What was the last concert (before times) you attended? What venue?

Wire at Mercy Lounge. First show since COVID, Rodney Crowell at Franklin Theater.

4. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Indiana Jones

5. What is something that you’re really passionate about?

I've ended up running the Crieve Hall Farmers Market, and it taps into all the things that are important to me: keeping food and commerce local while creating/building community.

6. If you weren’t in the architecture business, what would you be doing?

For me, what I’m doing has always been far less important than who I’m with. Find a good team of people, and any job can be a joy. But I do find myself more and more interested in landscape so maybe I'd be an intern at Hawkins Partners.

7. What current or past musical group do you wish you were a part of?

Don’t need to dream when you’ve got Work.

8. What’s the most beautiful city you’ve been to?

Not a city, but a location. Somewhere along the ring road in Iceland. It was October, and the countryside was empty. I sat along the cliff face on a basalt column, just staring out at the landscape. Could have sat there for days.

9. Is your glass half full or half empty?

Half empty, but I’ll actively resist that and tell you it’s half full.

10. Where did you grow up?

Gainesville, GA - Montgomery, AL - Roswell, GA - Pinellas Park, FL - Rome, GA (with stints in Memphis, TN)

11. What's the best career advice you've ever heard?

Most of the time, no one else on a project is awake and stressing about it at 2 am, so just sleep.