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Schools of Tomorrow: New Proposals for Hillsboro and Hillwood High Schools


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5:30 - 7:00 pm at NCDC


January's Urban Design Forum will feature a presentation by the design team and an opportunity for attendees to offer design-related commentary on the site studies prepared for two new high schools in Davidson County.


School designs will be presented by:


Barbara Crum.Perkins + Will


  • Barbara Crum brings over 30 years of professional experience in architectural design, planning, and management. Barbara is the Managing Principal of the K-12 Education design practice for Perkins + Will in the Southeast.  Barbara is an author, speaker, and award-winning designer.  She has designed schools in Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and other states.  She has directly been involved in approximately 50 schools

  • Perkins + Will did not evaluate the existing building.  Their effort concentrated on evaluating the site and considered the requirements to place a state of the art, urban school on a portion of the school property and reserve a portion for other uses.


Joni Priest.Hastings Architectural Associates




  • Joni Priest, Director of Planning, guides the planning services embedded in Hastings’ architectural services, and leads initiatives in master planning, site planning, urban design, and form-based coding.   She analyzes zoning entitlements and planning policies for optimal development in both greenfield and infill settings.  Joni Priest formerly served in the Nashville Planning Department’s Design Studio, focusing on the regeneration of Nashville’s urban neighborhoods and corridors through planning and zoning efforts. Joni has overseen the transformation of neighborhoods as diverse as Downtown Nashville, West End Park and Lenox Village.  Her experience includes Nashville Next, General Plan for Nashville and Davidson County, and the Downtown Code.

  • Hastings worked closely with Metro Public Schools staff and Perkins + Will designers to find a new location for Hillwood High School. Joni’s team searched for properties that met the criteria of size, topography, geography, zoning, and policy. The list was vetted from ten potential sites to the ideal location near Bellevue Middle School. In keeping with studies from NashvilleNext, the relocation of Hillwood High School, Bellevue Middle, and the Hastings designed Bellevue Library create a much needed civic center in the heart of one of Nashville’s growing suburbs.


Anna Roberts.  ARTifice



  • Anna Roberts is the founder and president of ARTifice. 

  • In addition to architecture, ARTifice specializes in Owner’s Representation, Programming, Program Management, Project Management, and LEED facilitation.  The staff of ARTifice has experience in Office, Commercial, Institutional, Educational, and Residential design.

  • Anna has been designing and managing projects for over 20 years. She is a licensed architect and is also a LEED accredited professional specializing in sustainable design.

  • In addition to her work on Hillsboro, Anna has assisted with the programming and site studies to evaluate growth options for Julia Green Elementary School.  She was also the Owner’s representative to oversee the most recent addition to Julia Green.






Growing Cities documentary film premiere


 View of the state Capitol from Bicentennial Mall


Wednesday, May 21st
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Note the Location:
Green Door Gourmet
7011 River Road Pike 


Join us on May 21, 2014, 5:30-8pm, at Green Door Gourmet on River Rd. In partnership with Green Door Gourmet, NCDC will premiere the film Growing Cities, which showcases everyday people who are transforming their cities through urban farming. NCDC will also be releasing a report that evening titled “Seeding Spaces,” which discusses the impact of urban agriculture in Middle Tennessee. We do hope you will join us!



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