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VOL. 126 | NO. 179 | Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Architecture Inc.’s Schuermann Receives Chairman Appointment

By Taylor Shoptaw

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David M. Schuermann, AIA, NCARB, principal at Architecture Inc., has been named chairman of the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.


Photo: Lance Murphey

Hometown: Memphis

Work Experience: Bologna & Associates (1969-1985), DMS Architects (1986-1994), Architecture Inc. (1994 to present)

Favorite music: Anything by Billie Holiday

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Cooking, gardening and traveling out of the country when I can.

Who has had the greatest influence on you? Professionally, Tony Bologna, FAIA; and personally, my grandmother.

Why did you pursue a career in architecture? To prove my high school guidance counselor – who suggested I become a park ranger – wrong; but seriously, I never considered anything else.

What attracted you to starting your own firm? Being in charge of my own fate and surrounding myself with a group of great talent.

What projects throughout your career stand out as particularly rewarding? The authentic restoration of the crumbling Hunt Phelan Home (circa 1850) on Beale Street in 1995 and our current HOPE VI work at both University Place (formerly Lamar Terrace) and Legends Park (formerly Dixie Homes).

What does it mean to you to be appointed chairman of the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners? In many states across the country, the architectural and engineering boards are separate entities, resulting in turf wars and even lawsuits. In Tennessee, we have a joint board of architects, engineers, landscape architects and interior designers, and as chairman, I look forward to unifying and promoting all of the professions in a way that ensures the safety and welfare of all Tennesseans.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy the diversity of our work, from modest residential restoration and remodeling to multi-million-dollar neighborhood reconstruction and new multifamily projects.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Someone can decide that after I am dead – I’m not finished yet.

Six Campbell Clinic physicians were named in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Doctors” list: Dr. James Beaty, Dr. Terry Canale, Dr. David Cannon, Dr. James Guyton, Dr. Drew Murphy and Dr. William Warner.


Joshua Williams has joined Clarion Security of Memphis as training manager. Clarion is a technology-driven, environmentally minded company that employs more than 100 security officers in Shelby County.

Dr. Ammar Almehmi and Dr. Omer Siddiqui have joined the division of nephrology at UT Medical Group Inc. Dr. Almehmi specializes in vascular access and cares for patients at University of Vascular Access in East Memphis. Dr. Siddiqui has a special interest in transplant nephrology and kidney disease and cares for patients in the Memphis Medical Center. Dr. Shirin Mazumder has joined the division of infectious disease. Dr. Mazumder has a special interest in HIV/AIDS and fungal infections and cares for patients in the Memphis Medical Center.



Bahar Golesorkhi has joined Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates Inc. as a civil engineering project designer. Golesorkhi is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, has five years of experience in the industry and is a certified facility manager and a member of the Tennessee Association of Floodplain Management. Michael Shelton has joined the firm as a landscape architect. Shelton received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a master’s degree from Louisiana State University. He has six years of experience in the industry.

Westminster Academy has hired six teachers for the 2011-2012 school year. Patricia Culp has joined as a fourth-grade teacher; Sarah Dormois has joined as a lower-school science teacher; Ben Henke has joined as a physical education teacher; Mary Cocke Read has joined as an upper-school biology teacher; Michael Stewart has joined as a classical language and history teacher; and Jennifer Thompson has joined as a second-grade science teacher.

Dr. Richard Gilbertson has been named director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and an executive vice president in the organization. Dr. Gilbertson will oversee the cancer center and its programs and will direct, shape and advance the institution’s pediatric oncology research. He also will chair the Cancer Center Advisory Committee, serve as a principal investigator of a cancer center support grant from the National Cancer Institute and will collaborate with other NCI Cancer Center directors.

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