Lesley Beeman takes over our social media this week, as we continue our 40th anniversary celebration. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Lesley came to Nashville in 2005 after working many years as an architect in Mississippi. He has been a part of the MZA team since arriving and has seen the firm grow from six people working on smaller projects to the vibrant multidisciplinary place it is today. During that time he has designed a wide variety of building types in a breadth of architectural styles including single family residential, multi-family, office, medical, and hospitality. Lesley is a registered architect in Tennessee and is National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certified.

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

Mississippi State University: It was close.

2. Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?

Clawson’s Deli; I find it’s the place I missed most in the pandemic.

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

Bryan Ferry at the Ryman Auditorium

4. Where haven’t you been to visit yet, but have at the top of your bucket list?


5. Are you a collector?

Guitars, I guess. It’s the only thing I have in any number. I’m up to eleven.

6. Favorite film?

Paper Moon. Madeline Khan is great.

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

Politics and economics. I don’t know anything about either, so I can afford to be very passionate.

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

I’ll let y’all do the architecture business. I just make buildings.

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

Genesis ‘71-’73.

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

Luxembourg City

11. Where do you get your coffee from? How do you take it?

I don’t drink coffee

12. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate coffee

13. Which languages do you speak?

American, Redneck, and some Hillbilly.

14. Is your glass half full or half empty?

Where did I leave my glass? I just had it.

15. What's the best “design” advice you've ever heard?

Don’t preconceive. Follow the work.

Be a student of pattern, rather than composition.

16. Which has been your favorite project to work on so far?

The next one.

17. What do you put on your pizza?

Sometimes I go to a restaurant and ask them to just bring me something. You never know what you’ll get and may find new foods to love.