As our Sept. 23 Sites & Bites event draws closer, we wanted to take some time to introduce you to the players who will make the day extra special. Not only are they speaking on the panel on the 23rd, but they are also the collaborators who are creating a handful of the first modern lake house retreats at Splinter Creek.
Ann Parker of Parker Design Studio in Memphis
Interior designer Ann Parker of Parker Design Studio in Memphis looks at each project as an exciting challenge, the challenge to match each client’s unique functional needs with his or her own personal design aesthetic. After earning a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Iowa State University, Parker spent more than 12 years with a large, national architectural firm in a highly creative design environment, where she worked on a diverse array of work, including two Southern Living Idea Houses. The NCIDQ-certified interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers founded Parker Design Studio in 2010. She’s worked with clients ranging from retail stores, restaurants, corporate offices and high-end residential spaces to salons and veterinary clinics.
David Anderson of David Anderson Architect in Memphis
David Anderson is based in Memphis, Tennessee, with projects throughout the area. Upon graduation he worked for 15 years with a small but highly regarded firm specializing in high-end residential design before carrying on that tradition and opening David Anderson Architect in 2014. He continues to cultivate his love of residential design by traveling and learning from other design professionals past and present. He enjoys the collaborative process with his clients and being intimately involved from start to finish. His work can be seen in Architectural Digest, Vogue Living, Luxe, & Rue Magazines.
Jeff Edwards of the architecture firm Carlton Edwards, with offices in Asheville, Memphis, and Nashville
Jeff Edwards received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Auburn University. His passion for design and construction came naturally by watching parents and grandparents in their careers as builders, furniture makers, artists, and engineers. Creativity was encouraged at an early age through drawing and art classes, model building, and painting. A drafting set at the age of 10 seemed to set the tone for his career.
While in architecture school a love for drawing continued and a study abroad program in France, Spain, and Italy fueled inspiration for European influences. An internship in the office of McAlpine-Tankersley Architecture exposed Edwards to the all-inclusive design theory supporting the harmonious relationship between architecture, interiors, and landscape. This is the passion and vision Edwards shares with Carlton Edwards clients in the design of their projects.
Jonathan Mattox of Howorth & Associates Architects in Oxford
Jonathan Mattox leads the Residential Studio at Howorth & Associates Architects. With over 27 years of experience working on many different types of projects, Mattox found fulfillment in the custom residential field. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1994 and spent his early years working with Howorth & Associates on a variety of residential and commercial projects, like Ventress Hall at the University of Mississippi, before feeling the urge to leave his home state and move to New York City in 2001. There, he joined RM Kliment and Frances Halsband Architects and worked on several large-scale commercial projects, most notably the Visitor and Education Center for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. When he returned to Oxford and Howorth & Associates in 2004, a team dedicated to custom residential projects was created. For the past 18 years, the team has focused on creating homes specific to the client’s needs and tastes with a particular focus on the experience of space and its function, relying on style only to add a level of cohesiveness to the vocabulary of the project. The work is sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, and always specific to its site.
A lake house designed by John Weaver of Weaver Architecture in Jackson, Mississippi
As the head of a residential architecture studio with over 20 years of experience, John Weaver understands that the home is a personal reflection. He approaches each project as an opportunity to learn about a client’s needs and expectation. Through attention to design, detail, and service, he creates homes inspired by individuality. From historic renovations, to modern new construction, he stays authentic to the surroundings, all while catering the architectural design process to fit his client’s personal aesthetic.
Frances Zook of Frances Zook Architect in Oxford
Frances Zook is an architect who works across the Southeast specializing in custom residential and small commercial design. She draws on nearly 30 years of experience working for award-winning firms in Washington, D.C., Houston, Austin, and Atlanta, including her own practice for more than 15 years. Her work has been recognized by the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects and featured in Atlanta Homes & Gardens, Atlanta magazine, and Delta magazine. A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, Zook now splits her time between Atlanta and her primary residence in Oxford.