Meet Our Team

Learn more about who we are and how we can help you achieve your goals.

Dan Brittain

Principal Architect

As Principal Architect, Dan has a passion for simplicity and a straight forward approach to design.  He focuses on working smarter not harder.  His experience is in a wide array of building types and enjoys the challenge each and every project brings.  Dan has a belief in education and affordable housing for everyone which allows him to work closely with entities and jurisdictions to provide these services.  As a firm proponent of the Golden Rule, Dan believes it is a fundamental aspect of life and tries to practices it everyday.  Be Kind to Others and They will Be Kind in Return…

A graduate of The University of Tennessee School of Architecture in 1998, Dan received his Architectural license in 2002 and is currently licensed in several states.  He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Dan enjoys working with aspiring youth and is a member of the local AIA K-12 Outreach Committee.

Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, family, pets, and is proud to have three wonderful children.  He is fascinated by vintage photography, collects old archaic camera equipment, and likes spending time in his darkroom.  Dan also fantasizes about tinkering around with his massive collection of classic cars that he hopes to have someday.

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Michelle Mokry

Associate Architect

As Associate Architect, Michelle thrives on engaging clients and helping to actualize their ideas. She excels with attention to detail and very much enjoys using her creative flair to put the finishing touches on every project she encounters whether it is to manage or design. She has experienced a wide variety of project types, giving her the ability to switch gears quickly and be flexible with timeframes and works scopes. Michelle is also a firm believer in the ability to communicate effectively with all individuals is essential, no matter what industry one works in. She strives to impart these skills daily. She feels these traits are basic tenants to doing well, and thus the philosophy, If you are going to do something, do it well!

A graduate of The University of Tennessee School of Architecture in 2004, Michelle is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She also obtained her LEED AP Status in 2007 in the Existing Building O+M category and always looks for a way to bring sustainability into every project, no matter the scale. Michelle also enjoys working with the Knox Brix and Blocks events with the AIA as a community out-reach program for kids of all ages. (Translation: It’s really a reason for her to be around Legos!)

Michelle recently built a custom home and is enjoying putting the finishing touches on her property with her husband. The experience of building a personal home has given her invaluable insight into her profession to the challenges many building owners often go through as an owner. She also loves making wine, gardening, cooking, participating in events within the creative community and spending time with her animal menagerie. She and her husband like to work on projects around their property as well as travel.

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Ryan Smith

Associate Architect

As an Associate Architect, Ryan thrives when puzzling out space and making designs with a broad-brush stroke.  He likes thinking big and then slowly working inward to the small details through sketching in plan, section and perspective. Ryan believes that everything needs moderation - even moderation.  In many instances, extremes may crumble foundations and lead to an impairment solution.  Ryan applies this idea to architecture through balancing design, practicality, function, while being diligent with the client’s needs.

Ryan graduated from The University of Tennessee School of Architecture program in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).  Ryan enjoys helping out wherever he can.

Ryan spends his free time geeking out over computers and gadgets, climbing boulders and fake boulders, playing pickleball, playing music, cooking, hanging out with his awesome cat Twix and going on photography adventures.  Ryan plans to build an arsenal of foam dart guns in the storage room unbeknownst to Dan.

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Josh Barnard

Project Manager

As a Project Manager, Josh works directly with the client and the design team to bring their ideas to life.  With more than 9 years’ experience in the Architecture/ Engineering world he has gained a unique perspective of a project from the ground up, working in various disciplines including architecture, survey, and civil throughout his career.

A graduate of Walters State Community College, Josh received his Associates Degree in Industrial Technology with a focus in Drafting and Design in 2008. Not the best time to try and find a job.  After almost becoming a lifetime banker, he finally took a position in Knoxville in 2012 to start kickstart his career into the right direction.

Josh has a dog named Marley. They enjoy spending time outdoors, whether that be by land or water. He is currently turning his Toyota 4Runner into the ultimate overlanding rig to take his explorations across the country.

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Emily Slappy

Junior Interior Architect

As Interior Designer, Emily is tasked with selecting materials, designing, and coordinating the interiors of TAC’s projects. Recently graduating from the University of Tennessee’s Interior Architecture program, Emily represents a wealth of fresh ideas and sleek, modern designs. Affectionately labeled as the classiest team member, Emily has a natural proclivity for arranging cohesive and bright interiors.

Emily’s always had an affinity for design—you might even say she was born with it. Her family was constantly on the move growing up, fracturing her childhood connection to a single home. This constant exposure to new homes taught her from a young age that each interior space is unique and personal. She now applies this principle to every project she works on. Often disillusioned by prefabricated interior designs, Emily believes creating a concept directly influenced by the client’s unique goals and personality ultimately leads to a successful, beautiful space.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys listening to vinyl records with her cat Tigger and exploring new cities to absorb design inspiration.

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Michael Houle

Business Development Manager

As Business Development Manager, Michael handles our proposals, specification writing, and marketing. After obtaining his Master’s in English Literature from the University of Tennessee, teaching English at the university level, and working as a legal assistant, Michael has at last landed at TAC. His diverse experience and level of adaptability offer a unique perspective to the office.

Michael’s research in Graduate School focused primarily on empathy, connection, and the human experience. He tries to personally connect with every person he meets, believing these connections to be the key components of a fulfilling life. As one of TAC’s primary networking contacts, Michael brings this love of communication into the professional sphere, striving to grow our firm one connection at a time.

When he’s not hard at work on a proposal, you can find this self-proclaimed wine snob, art collector, and literature junkie at his favorite bar with a book in-hand (he’s currently in a Hemingway phase). Michael’s other hobbies include biking around Downtown Knoxville, taking his cat Venus on wilderness adventures, obsessing over French New Wave Cinema (he promises it’s not as pretentious as it sounds), and playing video games. Be on the lookout for his friendly face at the next networking event you attend!  

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Rick Rogers

BIM Specialist

Ex-surfer, avid fisher, and self-proclaimed "old guy," Rick brings over 30 years of experience in the Architecture industry to the TAC team. His range of experience gives him a unique outlook on design that focuses on connecting minutiae to illuminate the bigger picture of a project.

While he may not talk about himself very much, Rick's "been drawin' something since 1986," and his drafts speak for themselves.

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Michael Tierney

BIM Specialist

As a resident Revit “Guru”, Michael usually works with the design team to bring the clients ideas to life, but still cares deeply about people and how each project will impact the clients and end users. He is a Navy veteran and served in the engineering department on a submarine. He has more than 8 years of civilian experience in the Architecture/Engineering industry.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science (BS), Business Management with collateral in Entrepreneurship. He also had started the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Sustainability Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville but chose to stop short when VA funding did not come through as promised. Michael believes every situation, especially the bad ones, can be redeemed by God, and has remained tenacious in his career in architecture and pursuit of his long-term goal of becoming an architect.

Michael is a real family man with four kids. He enjoys attending church with his family and praying for people. He also enjoys drawing, painting, writing, cooking, and martial arts.

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Kingsport

Kingsport

Office Cat

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