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Home Inclusiveness Interview with Brian Tibbs
Interview with Brian Tibbs, Architect and Chairman of the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission, Nashville, Tennessee
Brian Tibbs has been with the architecture firm Moody Nolan, Inc. for 20 years. He was the Nashville project manager for the Music City Center architectural design team. In his role, Tibbs worked closely with architects from Atlanta-based Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback and Associates and Nashville-based Tuck-Hinton Architects. He recently completed the Meharry Medical College Cal Turner Family Campus Center project, the first new construction on the Meharry campus in 40 years.
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Tibbs is a 1991 architectural graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Since coming to Nashville in 1997, his work includes the historic restoration and renovation of Cravath Hall at Fisk University, which received the prestigious Historic Preservation Trust Honor Award. He has also managed the architectural design and construction of student centers at Jackson State University in Mississippi and Winston Salem State University in North Carolina and East Tennessee State University. Other projects include the indoor practice facility at Oklahoma University and the baseball stadium at Middle Tennessee State University. He was also the project manager of the New Orleans Revitalization of B.W. Cooper, one of the neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.During his 24 years in the industry, Tibbs has also worked with a variety of architectural building types ranging from small university and institutional renovations to large campus and municipal projects. He previously worked with an on-site firm at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
Tibbs is a member of the American Institute of Architects and chair of the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission in Nashville. He is on the board and past president of Historic Nashville Inc., Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation Board of Directors, the University School of Nashville, State of Tennessee’s Architects and Engineers Licensing Board, Land Trust of Tennessee, Metro Planning Commission, Arts at the Airport Board, the Rotary Club of Nashville, former Nashville Life Church Leader, and an alumnus of Leadership Nashville.
What led you to your field?
How does what you do relate to historic preservation?
Why do you think historic preservation matters?
What courses do you recommend for students interested in this field?
Do you have a favorite preservation project? What about it made it special?
Can you tell us what you are working on right now?
How do you think the national historic preservation programs help your community?
Do you have advice for novice preservationists?
The ACHP’s mission is “preserving America’s heritage;” can you give us an example of how your community is preserving its heritage?
How does local government play a role in promoting historic preservation?