After years of continued growth, the nomadic congregation of Spero Dei was ready to find a physical space to call home. An old, derelict church was purchased, and the Dryden team was brought on to renovate the building into a suitable house of worship that would become a neighborhood jewel and a center for community building. The existing sanctuary hall was rehabilitated with new seating, exposing the wood and steel ceiling structure, and through the creation of a new stage for sermons and musical performances. Efforts were made to preserve and reuse existing elements such as the unique pendants in the sanctuary and vintage rounded windows. New elements were also added on, including a new entry, a covered gathering area, and a beautiful cupola to act as a beacon of light. We are so excited to have been a part of this project which gave this property a second life.
We are dedicated to making meaningful places that contribute to healthy communities and mindfully engage local resources
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Established in 2001, Dryden Architecture and Design, formerly known as DAAD, is a comprehensive architecture and interior design studio located in Nashville, Tennessee. Our work is uniquely rooted in personal history and contemporary practice. The studio was born out of our desire to make meaningful places that contribute to healthy communities and mindfully engage local resources.
Over the last 20 years, we have completed an array of projects across Nashville and beyond, ranging from neighborhood master plans, mixed-use developments, adaptive reuse projects, private residences, boutique hotels, retail, restaurants, and corporate offices.
Working closely with creative partners is an integral part of our process at Dryden. We believe in facilitating strong creative partnerships with the artists and craftspeople with whom we work. With each project, we participate in a careful analysis of the site and intent of our collaborators to create places that are beautiful, functional, and intellectually stimulating.
We do not enter a project with a prescribed design solution. Instead, we work closely with our clients to establish a common design language and bring their creative vision to life.
James, a native Nashvillian, joined Dryden in 2004 to focus on context-driven design and community building. He leads projects ranging in scale and scope, from multi-family to private residential, with a thoughtful and lighthearted approach.
Dale, a native Tennessean, joined Dryden in 2014 with ten years of professional experience. He leads complex projects spanning tenant build-outs to large-scale adaptive reuse with a resourceful and creative spirit while mentoring new designers and keeping our tech on point.
Richard joined Dryden in 2022 after working in architecture for seven years in Atlanta, GA. Richard brings to the team a strong background in adaptive reuse projects, detailed design skills, and a grounded demeanor.
Colin joined Dryden in 2019 after working in architecture for eight years in New York. He is a detailed and organized designer with a focus on hospitality and high-end residential design.
Chuck, a native Tennessean, joined Dryden in 2019 with ten years of professional experience working in architecture and design in Tennessee. A natural educator, Chuck uses his background as a lecturer at Parsons and UTK’s College of Architecture in the workplace, bringing thoughtfulness and artistry into all that he does.
Nick, a native Tennessean, leads Dryden with integrity and professionalism. For 20 years and counting, he and our team have been creating thoughtful and sensitive designs while building lasting relationships in the community.
Cara, a native Nashvillian, joined Dryden in 2019 after managing the boutique architecture firm SO-IL in Brooklyn, NY. With ten years of small business management experience, she operates with an empathetic and detailed approach directing all operations, including business development, human resources, and finances.
Jason, a native Tennessean, joined Dryden in 2021 after working for several years as a design-build architect for a wide range of projects. This unique background allows him to guide clients through the whole process, from site selection to final inspections.
Kim, a native Nashvillian, joined Dryden in 2004. She is a nurturing leader with the ability to work with any style or budget. She enjoys working closely with clients to achieve the highest standard of design and craftsmanship, delivering interior spaces that are functional, safe, and beautiful.
Josh joined Dryden in 2017 with an interest in creating a positive impact in the community through design, believing architecture can lead to a more environmentally and socially sustainable world. A Cornell alum, he is a powerhouse designer with strong graphic skills and an interest in beauty that elevates his work.
Maria joined Dryden in 2021 after working in both Minneapolis and Nashville. She is a confident designer whose work is driven by providing opportunities for meaningful exchanges between people and the spaces they inhabit. Maria is highly engaged in the Nashville design community and currently serves as a Programming Advisor for Nashville Design Week.
Ann Kennedy joined Dryden in 2019 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art, Interior Design. She has a keen interest in visual storytelling, revealed through her work on both commercial and residential projects.
Sammy joined Dryden in 2020 after working in the hospitality industry. She uses her operations background and industry knowledge to provide invaluable support to our design team through vendor relations, project support, and styling.
Samantha, a native Nashvillian, joined Dryden in 2021 after working locally for ten years. An intelligent and capable designer, she works to re-invigorate the Nashville community through mixed-use, commercial, adaptive reuse, and historic renovation projects.
Fleming, a native Nashvillian, joined Dryden in 2015. A focused and detailed leader, he helps us balance achieving excellence in design with technical function.
Tabby joined Dryden in 2022 with a background in project management and a passion for design. Tabby ensures daily operations run smoothly, making sure the team has what it needs to succeed. She also uses her strong organizational skills and industry knowledge to support our design team through purchasing and installations.
Ross joined Dryden in 2021 after working as a designer in both Chicago and Nashville. He has a refined aesthetic and approaches his work with careful consideration. Ross loves developing and maintaining close relationships with clients to help them meet their goals.
We are always on the lookout for talented, creative people. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about any future opportunities. Dryden encourages BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ candidates to apply.