Barry Alan Yoakum


Barry Alan Yoakum, FAIA, LEED AP


University of Tennessee / Bachelor of Architecture

Barry is a modernist at heart and designs progressive projects with regional influences. He is copartner of archimania and strives to produce designs that spark architectural dialogue in a vastly traditional region.

As Principal-in-Charge of Vision and Collaboration, Barry promotes extraordinary architecture by leading the collaborative design process among client, project stakeholders, and design team. Through this process, Barry contributes to specific aspects of the physical design; he may develop the concept, execute a key detail, establish a form, frame a design position, or influence a critical part of the architecture. His personal residence is the first LEED for Homes residence in Tennessee designed and owned by an architect.

He was elected to the College of Fellows American Institute of Architects (FAIA) for his contributions in design in 2010, which places him in the top one percent of all U.S. architects. He is also a Legacy LEED Accredited Professional, which recognizes him for his advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices. Barry is a recognized leader in the field of collaborative design, has invested more than 30 years in implementing sustainable design strategies, and produces progressive designs that encourage architectural advancement and dialogue to better the built environment.

His work has received more than 50 awards, including AIA regional, state, and local design awards, a NOVA Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Citation. His work has been recognized by AIArchitect, Architect, Architectural Record, Architecture, Architecture Week, Building Design & Construction, Contract Design, Dwell Magazine, Progressive Architecture, and residential architect. His work has been featured innumerous architecture books and has garnered national recognition from CNN, PBS, and The New York Times. His self-designed residence was featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal.

He has lectured at more than a hundred forums, including AIA, ASLA, NACORE, PSMJ Resources, SMPS, ULI and USGBC. He has juried professional design awards programs for AIA Chicago, AIA West Virginia, Architectural Record and SMPS National. He has juried at Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. He was a charter member of the Board of Advisors for The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, is a board member of Memphis in May and Hattiloo Theatre, and past Chairman of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Memphis. Barry authored the architecture industry’s first book dedicated to the art and science of design alliances and collaborative design.