Goddess of Architecture

Build Your Dreams with Southern Athena

Just like you, true Architecture is one of a kind.

Built for generations

Why Hire an Architect?

You want to build your own home, business, or dream life, but don't know where to start and understand the process may require professional blueprints or documents. We turn those dreams into reality with our integrated team of Architecture specialists.

Signed & Stamped Construction Documents

If you have been dreaming of Building, Adding On, or Renovating, then we want to help you. A licensed Southern Athena Architect can help you create the life of your dreams and ensure you get quality design that will hold its value throughout time. We integrate Real Estate + Architecture + Interiors to ensure our clients get the best design possible with end value in mind. We provide Signed and Stamped Construction Documents to be used in Permitting your next project or build.

Nashville Parthenon - Historic Architecture

We believe true Architecture is exquisitely unique and designed to last. All of our designs incorporate key elements that create classic lasting beauty and peace within the built environment. These themes are all based on where the human experience meets divine principles of order and harmony.

An Ancient Profession

Athena: Goddess of Architecture, Wisdom & War Strategy: Goddess of wisdom, courage, and inspiration, Athena brings gifts of peace and plenty. She is also the goddess of strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, and skill, the perfect blend of civic enterprise, victory and service. The people of Athens adored her and made her the namesake of their city. Born from Nashville, the Athens of the South

Fully Licensed in Tennessee

Our Architecture Services

We provide Architecture services for both Residential and Commercial clients.

Build Your Dream Home

Need an Architect to create the custom home of your dreams? We believe true Architecture is exquisitely unique and designed to last.

Home Renovation or Addition

Want to add on or renovate your home to better suit your lifestyle? We ensure the new and the old are seamlessly combined..

Commercial Building CDs

Build your next facility with confidence. Our team of licensed Architects & Engineers ensure your building plans are prepared to perfection..

Build Out

Transform your space for your business to boost sales and productivity. Our team will get your business permit ready for opening.

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Schedule a consultation with one of our real estate agents, architects, or designers to learn more about how we can help you transform your life.

More than just a floor plan

The Beauty is in the Details

Our Architecture services encompass all aspects of our client's unique needs detailed to perfection. From floor plans, sections and elevations, to lighting and energy studies, our Architecture helps create a more joyful human experience.

New Construction

No cookie cutter buildings here. Our one of a kind designs are made just for you. Our unique new construction buildings are purposefully created for their exact time and place in history. Built for generations, we bring original beauty to the built environment.


We understand that as time marches on it often makes sense to give your property an updated layout or complete makeover. Wether you want to move walls or reimagine the entire layout, we can provide you a gorgeous  place, perfectly fit for your current lifestyle.


Many properties just need more space to make them the best they can be. We can help provide construction documents for an attached or detached addition while ensuring the new and the old are seamlessly combined into one perfectly married package deal. 

buiilt for you in 6 phases

Our Design Process

Our design process starts with YOU and your unique needs and ends with a fully integrated built work of art created in your image.

Many professionals skip this phase but we think it is of the utmost importance. We provide a formal Real Estate based site, cost, zoning, and code analysis and take you through a full wishlist and needs consultation. From there we document everything and put together the perfect team to see your project through to completion.

During schematic design we sketch and dream with you. We diagram building solutions that could fit your unique program needs while working within your  site’s constraints. Preliminary design ideas are mapped out and reviewed via idea boards, sketches and schematic plans.

During Design Development we begin to add detail and incorporate layers and systems into the initial concept design. This comes in the form of refining decisions and details to create the best, most efficient solution for your needs. We begin to add in 3D dimension, finish and material selections, and lighting. We also begin integrating mechanical, plumbing, electrical and codes considerations.

Construction Documents are the final signed and stamped legal documents that describe and detail the extent of your construction.

We ensure our CDs fully incorporate considerations with Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical systems (MP&E), and we work closely with any other consultants providing drawings such as surveyors, ansul/sprinkler engineers, equipment and millwork vendors, structural, and other specialty systems.

Your project is documented to scale in large format 2D drawings that include floor plans, sections, elevations, and details that ensure a properly construct-able building that meets all codes and standards of best practice. 

Our team works closely with our set of preferred GCs to ensure your project is in the hands of a capable, committed and conscientious professional that understands the entire scope of your specific project.

We often competitively bid your project and review contracts to protect you through the construction process and aid you in committing to the best GC for your needs. From there the GC will begin the Permitting process and we provide clarity and changes as needed for codes approvals.

During the construction process our team acts as your advocate to ensure your project is built to standard and specification based on the Construction Documents. We work closely with you, your GC, and authorities to provide administration services in monitoring contracts, preparing progress reports, coordinating schedules, and processing invoices. During Construction Admin we also handle Requests for Information (RFI’s), Change Orders, and Requests for Payment to keep your project on track to get you to final occupancy.

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Happy repeat clients


We love that over 80% of our Business comes from Referrals and Happy Repeat Clients.

We could not speak more highly about Southern Athena. They helped us to purchase and then renovate our 1940's bungalow. Liz had the vision for what our house could be as soon as we walked in, and then helped our dream become a reality. Our house would not be our home without them! Their unique skill set and #1 focus of doing what is right for their customers truly sets them apart.

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Marianna H.


I’m beyond satisfied and grateful I was able to meet and have Elizabeth as my realtor. I have been trying to open a business for almost 4 years now and have hired over 10 realtors to help me find a building in Nashville. Elizabeth was a game changer. She took care of everything in two weeks. Instead of several months. She always responsive and got things done! I can not express how grateful I am. Thank you Elizabeth, I hope the absolute best for you and your business. You are awesome!!!!

Jacob J.

Owner, Artwerks Tattoo Studio

We are so thankful for Elizabeth and all at Southern Athena! From finding our spaces to drawing up the plans and being involved on a daily basis throughout our build out of two businesses, Liz was amazing! Very few people would go over the top to make sure things were done...but she did! It's hard to find anyone with such dedication and desire these days. Should we start another business there would be no question on who we would call!

Mark C.

Partner, Float Nashville

Having worked with many Realtors and contractors in Nashville, I have found working with Elizabeth; she is extremely knowledgeable in her field. She's intelligent, ellegant, sophisticated, yet pragmatic and down to earth. A wonderful mixture of Southern beauty and charm, mixed with excellent business sense, class, and insight. I highly recomend Southern Athena if you are looking to build or buy a home, or even if you're just interested in knowing what your options are for modern updates in your current home.

Rob R.

Owner, Natural Mold Solutions

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