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THINKING OUTSIDE THE “CLASSROOM BOX” - Designing Crosstown Highschool

    When asked what the Classroom of the Future will look like, what do you imagine?   Most of us think about technology first and the impact it has had and will have on our schools.  Maybe we see every student with a laptop or an iPad – no pencils, no paper, and no text books. Maybe we see virtual teachers or streamed lectures vs. traditional, in-person, teacher-led lectures of today. Maybe we imagine the software becoming the teacher, gauging the... Read More
at 4/26/16

2016 FRANCIS GASSNER AWARD Honors AIA Memphis Member Louis R. Pounders, FAIA

This week marks the 10th year since Louis R. Pounders joined ANF Architects. We were thrilled to learn this week that Louis is being honored as the 2016 recipient of the Francis Gassner Award. The Francis Gassner Award was established in 1977 to commemorate an extraordinary architect,  Francis P. Gassner,  who practiced in Memphis from the Fifties until his death in 1977. To continue his legacy of design excellence, of service to the profession, and of leadership to our... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 3/31/16


As we all know, sometimes working with nature can be a challenge! Although weather and concerns for the safety of workers prevented the steel beam from being lifted into place during today’s ceremony at CBU, the celebration of this special milestone continued on schedule. To prevent delays to the construction timeline, the construction crew placed the ceremonial beam with evergreen tree attached to it yesterday afternoon. Beams and columns, which had been painted white, were signed by CBU... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 3/3/16

Bill Price: Buoyancy and Balance Opening Night Reception

On Friday, February 12th, ANF Architects hosted the Opening Night Reception for Bill Price's Exhibit entitled "Buoyance and Balance." The exhibit displays the sculptural work of local artist and adjunct professor at Memphis College of Art, Bill Price, as he explores the physical laws of buoyancy and balance. The exhibit will remain on display until March 10th at ANF Architects. Guests are encouraged to come see this free exhibit anytime Monday - Friday between 8am and 5pm. Our gallery... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 2/16/16

Pink Palace Sharpe Planetarium Renovation Celebration

On Thursday, February 11th, 2016, ANF Architects celebrated the completion of the Autozone Dome, Sharpe Planetarium Renovation at Pink Palace with a "Friends & Family Night at the Museum."   It was a festive celebration with food & drinks served in the lobby before a private showing of "Firefall" (a look at meteors, comets and the history of the earth) in the newly-renovated space.   Prior to the show, Lee Askew, the project's... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 2/12/16

2015 Employee Awards

This year at ANF Architects, we broke with tradition and had our Employee Awards Celebration on Groundhog Day - rather than the traditional first day of the new year in the office. The ANF Employee Awards recognize outstanding employee performance with personalized award certificates. For 2015, seven employees were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and commitment. These seven went above and beyond in 2015 and they have the certificates to prove it! 2015 Awards Recipients: Tava... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 2/2/16

Maria Montessori Boardwalk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Friday, December 18th, 2015, the Maria Montessori School officially opened their new boardwalk, The Wolf River Harbor Boardwalk, during their annual Winter Fest with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony. Located at 740 Harbor Bend Road, the Maria Montessori School is situated along Wolf River Harbor. ANF Architects worked with the school and in cooperation with the Harbor Town Community Association to create a 4' by 175' wood boardwalk along the existing nature trail and over a... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 12/21/15

Enhancing Our Community Thru Our Works AND Our Deeds

During the past 40 years, ANF Architects has focused on building two things: Great architecture and a great community.  As a locally owned small business, we believe we have a social responsibility to make Memphis a better place. Employees are encouraged to jump in and make a difference, both as representatives of the firm and as individuals. Throughout the year we find many opportunities to volunteer both during and after work hours. Employees take pride in the fact that the firm cares... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 12/9/15

Adopting A Flock of Angels from the Salvation Army this Christmas

This Christmas ANF adopted a ‘flock of angels’ from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.  This program brings the “magic of Christmas” to local children and seniors in need. Holiday gifts such as bicycles, toys, winter coats, clothing, and special-needs items relieve family budgets too tight to allow for extras.     Every member of the ANF team (all 23 of us) contributed & worked together to shop for 16 children (ages 11 months to 12 years old) and 4 senior... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 12/9/15

Building A Lego City with The Memphis Grizzlies

ANF was asked by The Memphis Grizzlies Foundation to help lead the building of a Lego city for the patients at Le Bonheur. This will be an ongoing project in the lobby of the new Le Bonheur. The build kickoff was at the FedEx Forum on Saturday 11/28/15.        So, yeah...we played Legos with the Grizzlies in 2015... Architecture is fun!       Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 12/9/15

Interior Design Workshop: Finish Boards

ANF's Interior Designer Liz Engel, knows how important a hands-on education is for interior design students. Yesterday, Liz gave a presentation to students in Professor Jeanne Myers' "Components of Interiors" Class at The University of Memphis' Department of Architecture in Jones Hall on  interior finish boards .  Liz demonstrated the various types of finish boards that can be created (depending on project type & client) as well as what a client has requested in their contract.... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 11/11/15

ANF Wins the IIDA TN Composing Great Design Award of Excellence in Corporate Design

On Thursday, August 13th, ANF Architects was honored to receive the IIDA TN Composing Great Design Award of Excellence in Corporate Design over 20,000 SF for the FedEx Flight Operations & Pilot's Lounge Project.  FedEx Corporation, an American global courier delivery services company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, wanted to modernize their 20-plus-year-old core flight operations area to provide better flow, functionality & aesthetics. This was a fun project that... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 8/18/15

ANF Architects "INK" Day

On Wednesday, August 5th, we celebrated our official name change (from Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects, INC. to ANF Architects, INC.).                Originally Lee Askew III Architects, the firm name was changed in the past to reflect the leadership/partners. As the firm continued to grow and more partners were added, we had to stop the cycle. It was no longer practical to name the firm after the partners. Imagine Askew Conrad... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 8/6/15

Louis R. Pounders Publishes A Book Introducing Architecture To Children

Frank, An Architect’s Dog by Louis R Pounders, illustrated by Terry DeWitt Memphis architect Louis R Pounders, FAIA, recipient of the 2014 AIA Tennessee Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award, has written a Children’s board book on architecture entitled Frank, An Architect’s Dog. The book features ‘Frank’, an inquiring Golden Retriever living with an architect in Memphis and offers Frank’s perceptions and observations on architecture. The book was illustrated with hand-drawn watercolor images... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 7/31/15

Another Successful Party with a Purpose: The ICHF's 2015 Taste of Caribe

The 11th Annual Taste of Caribe was a wonderful event for the International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF) and the children they serve!  This year's event raised over $13,000.00 for the ICHF.  This money will help the ICHF achieve their commitment to expanding their services in the Caribbean region of the world, where a huge impact can be made in the lives of children, their families and the local doctors and nurses who will be equipped with a deeper level of training and... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 6/18/15

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