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Hi, I’m Sara, proud co-owner of Open Door Architecture. I feel very lucky to be working with my husband, Sean, because our complimentary skill sets have helped this venture come together. My focus is on our marketing. I enjoy finding new ways to make architecture accessible and relevant.
I’m originally from Chattanooga and came to Knoxville in 2000 to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I met Sean shortly thereafter while working at a local firm.
He’s a transplant as well, but Knoxville is our home. We love it here and look forward to making it a better place — one project at a time.
Growing up in York, Pennsylvania I was exposed to this profession at an early age by my grandfather, an architect, and by my parents who always seemed to be renovating a different room in their old house.
I came to Knoxville in 1996 to study architecture at UT; as a student, I indulged my interest in urban design by participating in the Chattanooga Downtown & Riverfront Design Studio under the direction of professor Stroud Watson.
Upon graduation I was eager to be a part of Knoxville’s budding downtown revitalization, so I took a job with a respected local firm and bought an old home nearby that was in need of much love and renovation. Sara joined that firm a few years later and we’ve been together ever since.