• 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, JE+DI committee chair for 2022 (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion), and secretary of the Nashville chapter of A4LE (Association for Learning Environments).

    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.

  • Juliana Daily

    Co-owner, Interior Designer

    Juliana Daily

    Co-owner, 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, NY on projects including Main Street façade programs, religious properties, and housing rehabilitation.

    Music brought Juliana to Nashville, where she joined MZA in 2016. Her design work ranges from large scale hospitality interiors, educational facilities, adaptive reuse projects, and residential properties. She relocated to Chicago with her husband and two cats. Juliana loves creating and being surrounded by art, has been known to wrangle the occasional sourdough loaf, and cares deeply about her footprint on this earth.

     

  • Julia Smith

    Interior Designer, NCIDQ

    Julia Smith

    Interior Designer, NCIDQ

    Julia joined MZA in 2021.  A proud native of Kentucky, Julia attended the University of Kentucky where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design and a minor in Art History.  After graduating, she moved to the District of Columbia where her work focused on government and corporate design.  In 2017 Julia relocated to Nashville where she gained additional experience in corporate and healthcare design with projects ranging from corporate headquarters renovations to the design of a cancer infusion center.  Julia is a member of IIDA , as well as a LEED Green Associate and WELL AP.  In her free time, you can find Julia reading history books, working on her pottery, or playing with her rambunctious dog, Freddie. 

  • Caroline Gallagher

    Caroline Gallagher

    Architect & Interior Designer

    Caroline Gallagher

    Architect & Interior Designer

    Caroline joined MZA in 2020.  She moved to Nashville in 2017 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Architecture.  She has experience working in hospitality, commercial, institutional, mixed use multi-family, and residential design for firms in Nashville and New York City.  She loves collaborating with local makers and artists on projects and is passionate about contributing positively to the growing, changing urban fabric of Nashville.

    Caroline is also a proud dog mom to Mila, who loves to go to work and can usually be found napping under her desk.

  • Lindsay Schnarr

    Architect

    Lindsay Schnarr

    Architect

    Lindsay joined MZA in 2022, after working with us as a consultant for two years. She is a registered architect in Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and two young children.

    Lindsay has managed and designed residential, academic, institutional, office, and retail projects for firms in western Massachusetts, Boston and New York City. She enjoys teaching architecture classes at her alma mater, where she has mentored and advised students since 2014. She serves on the Amherst Design Review Board and co-founded the Emerging Professionals chapter of the Western Massachusetts AIA in 2012.

    With a background in art and science, Lindsay is passionate about the unique blend of analytical and abstract thinking that architecture offers and is excited to be part of a studio that explores every angle of both. WIth roots in northern California and northwest Arkansas, Lindsay has spent her life traveling throughout the country, developing a strong appreciation for the unique history and context of site. She brings forward the narrative of place in her work as an architect.

  • 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, and Georgia. 

  • 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 Tennessee, Colorado, and Hawaii and is National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certified, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a LEED accredited 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 15 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 ,and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certified. Brad enjoys the opportunity to dovetail the art and architecture worlds. From reviewing academic projects to working on professional projects that bolster Nashville’s artist communities, Brad finds inspiration on both sides of the equation.

  • Scott Harootyan

    Co-owner, Architect

    Scott Harootyan

    Co-owner, Architect

    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.

     

  • 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

    Matthew Mckeever

    Co-owner, Office Manager

    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.

     

  • Andy Grogan

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    Andy Grogan

    Co-owner, Architect, AIA

    With Nashville roots that extend back to 1990, 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.

  • Edward Revere

    Designer

    Edward Revere

    Designer

    Originally from the west coast, Edward grew up in several states across the country and eventually landed in Middle Tennessee. While studying at the University of Tennessee’s Architecture + Design program, he gained domestic and international experience with firms in Richmond, VA and Tokyo, Japan where he worked as a designer on high-end residential, hospitality, and institutional projects. Edward joined MZA after graduating with his BArch in 2020. Eager to influence the built environment of Nashville, he is also pursuing his architectural licensure. Edward is a talented chef who enjoys trying new recipes in his free time and applying his same love of design to the culinary arts.

  • 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.

  • 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.