Every house needs an architect.

We are Sean and Sara Martin -- the husband and wife team behind Open Door Architecture. We started our firm because we believe every house should have an architect. A well-designed kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom has the power to positively impact your life everyday.

A beautiful space tailored to your individual needs is easy to achieve with the right guidance. That’s where we come in.

On our site, you’ll find tools that help you discover the perfect recipe for a living space that fits your needs and defines your style.


About Sara

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.

About Sean

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.