• Kristen Newton

    Co-owner, Architect

    Kristen Newton

    Co-owner, Architect

    Kristen joined MZA in 2015 after moving to Nashville from Austin, TX. A native Floridian, Kristen received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, summa cum laude, and her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Since working with MZA, Kristen has designed and managed projects that range from education to high-end commercial to hospitality. Along with her architectural resume, Kristen has experience in interior design and has developed concepts for various project types. Registered in Tennessee and Alabama, Kristen is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Nashville Chapter, on the marketing committee for WBOU - Nashville’s Catholic radio station, and a catechist at the Cathedral of the Incarnation.

  • Juliana Daily

    Interior Designer

    Juliana Daily

    Interior Designer

    Juliana hails from Upstate New York where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University’s Interior Design program. Following graduate school, she worked at a historic preservation architecture firm in Syracuse on projects including Main Street façade programs, religious properties, and housing rehabilitation.

    Music brought Juliana to Nashville, where she joined MZA in 2016. Her work ranges from large scale hospitality interiors, educational facilities, adaptive reuse projects, and residential properties. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute and MZA’s Sustainability Committee.

  • Mark Bixler

    Co-owner, Architect, LEED AP

    Mark Bixler

    Co-owner, Architect, LEED AP

    A graduate of the University of Kentucky and Columbia University, Mark joined MZA in 2004 after moving his family from NYC to Nashville. He was attracted to MZA by the work variety, the opportunity for greater work-life integration, and the joy of never knowing what tomorrow brings. Mark is involved in the community through public schools, having served as PTO president at his kids’ schools for 3 years, and through Boy Scouts as a District Committee member. Mark seeks out project types that don’t neatly fit into a box and that challenge what we’ve “tried before.” He is a licensed architect in Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee and is National Council of Architectural Registration  Boards (NCARB) certified.

  • Scott Harootyan

    Co-owner, Designer

    Scott Harootyan

    Co-owner, Designer

    Scott joined MZA in 2016 after moving to Nashville from Boston. He brings a strong educational and professional background in architecture and design. His professional education includes a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and Master of Architecture from the Boston Architectural College. In addition to his residential, commercial and institutional work at architectural firms in Boston and Nashville, his design experience includes designing and installing green roofs, working under the ADA on universal and accessible design projects, and developing prospective residential projects for the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development.

     

  • Melinda Clark

    CADD Technician and Production Team

    Melinda Clark

    CADD Technician and Production Team

    Melinda is a Tennessee native and graduate of Austin Peay State University. She started in the design and construction industry by working with Civil Engineers and Landscape Architects. Combining those skills and expertise, she joined MZA in 2001, bringing her years of experience to MZA’s production team. She works on projects from initial concept phases through project completion. Melinda has been especially happy working in an environment surrounded by art and with such a creative team.

  • Ana Smetana

    Co-owner, Designer

    Ana Smetana

    Co-owner, Designer

    Originally from Mexico and a native Spanish speaker, Ana’s upbringing gives her a unique ability to work with different cultures and project types. She joined MZA in 2017, and her experience includes fast-track educational, adaptive reuse, retail and commercial projects. She served on the board for “Rebuild Together Knoxville” where she developed projects for veterans and low-income homeowners, and she is a frequent juror for design reviews at Watkins College of Art. She is an associate member of AIA and is enrolled in IDP.

    Ana earned her BArch from the College of Architecture+Design at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, While there, she mentored freshman and sophomore architecture students via AIAS and studied abroad on The Iberian Peninsula Grand Tour.

  • Nelle Blevins

    Co-owner, Designer, LEED AP BD+C

    Nelle Blevins

    Co-owner, Designer, LEED AP BD+C

    Nelle joined MZA in 2015. An East Tennessee native, she earned her Master of Architecture at Tulane University in 2002 before relocating to Nashville in 2005. She has designed and managed commercial, educational, residential, historic, and adaptive re-use projects. Nelle is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialization in Building Design and Construction through the USGBC.

    In addition to her architectural career, Nelle has designed soldered and beaded jewelry for private and retail commission since 1993. Her work has sold in retail shops in Tennessee, Virginia, and Louisiana. In Nashville, her pieces have sold at the Frist Art Museum Gift Shop, where she has been a featured local artist during a Museum Member Preview Event.

  • Manuel Zeitlin

    Founder, Architect, AIA, LEED AP

    Manuel Zeitlin

    Founder, Architect, AIA, LEED AP

    Manuel established Manuel Zeitlin Architects after moving back to Nashville in 1981. He is a past Chairman of the Interior Design Department at O'More College of Design in Franklin, TN, and former Commissioner of the Franklin Historic District Commission in Franklin, TN. A Nashville native, Manuel received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 1976 from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Architecture in 1981 from the Boston Architectural Center in Boston. Registered in Tennessee and Arkansas, Manuel is certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), is an American Institute of Architects (AIA) member, and has received LEED AP from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

  • Matthew Mckeever

    Co-owner, Office Manager, Good Guy

    Matthew Mckeever

    Co-owner, Office Manager, Good Guy

    Matt is a Virginia native who has lived in Nashville since 1995. Prior to becoming MZA’s office manager in 2007, he attended the University of South Carolina and owned and operated a pioneering independent record store in Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood. Now that Matt has become a shared owner of Manuel Zeitlin Architects he walks around like he owns the place.

     

  • Ethan Levine

    Co-owner, Architect, LEED AP

    Ethan Levine

    Co-owner, Architect, LEED AP

    Ethan studied architecture at The University of Tennessee and abroad in Krakow Poland. He joined MZA in 2013 when he relocated to Nashville from Hawaii with his family. He is a licensed architect in Hawaii and is National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certified, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a LEED professional. Several of the projects Ethan has led while with MZA have received AIA Middle TN design awards. Prior to joining MZA, he owned and operated his own architectural firm in Honolulu.

  • Brad Province

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    Brad Province

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    Originally from East Tennessee, Brad earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 2006. Over the past ten years, in a wide range of offices, Brad has worked on projects as large as the Music City Center and as small as holiday cards. He is licensed in Tennessee, an AIA member and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certified. As a guest juror at Watkins College of Art, Brad enjoys the opportunity to dovetail the art and architecture worlds. Be it reviewing academic projects to awarding scholarships or professional projects to bolster Nashville’s artist communities, Brad finds inspiration on both sides of the equation.

  • Chris Riley

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    Chris Riley

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    Chris graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor's of Architecture in 2004. He is a registered architect in Tennessee and North Carolina, National Council of Architectural Registration  Boards (NCARB) certified, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Chris is a former head of his neighborhood’s Architecture Committee, where he was tasked with reviewing, commenting on, and approving local construction projects. His past and current design projects range from conceptual carport additions to adaptive reuse to large scale master planning; and he’s been the lead designer or assisted on projects in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. 

  • L. Lesley Beeman, Jr.

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    L. Lesley Beeman, Jr.

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    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.

  • Andy Grogan

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    Andy Grogan

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    Returning to Nashville after 17 years in Western Massachusetts, Andy 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.