Embark Alum J Humphries Designs the City


Name: J Humphries

Employer: archimania

Where are you from originally? Jackson, MS

What influenced you to move to Memphis? Several of my close friends from architecture school were living here and I got the opportunity to come work at archimania so I made the jump.

What’s your professional title, and what does that have you doing on an average day? Architectural associate – anything from schematic design to construction administration. Every day is different in this field and I am always learning something new.

What’re the things in your day-to-day that make you most excited to come into work? Never knowing what to expect can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I think it’s important especially in the architecture/design world to work with people who can work and think adaptably. But like I said before, it’s a lot of fun to take on new challenges every day with a team of folks that are excited to find creative solutions.

Are there any unique projects your work in Memphis has presented that were particularly rewarding to take part in? Every project is really unique with its own challenges, but most recently I was thrilled to work on Tech901 – a non-profit that provides technology training and support for the Memphis community.  Their new headquarters is located in the Crosstown Concourse.

Tech901 was recognized with a design excellence award by the Tennessee AIA.

I am currently excited to be working on a new clinic for Tabor Orthopedics, an AMG showroom for Atlanta Classic Cars, and the new South Main location for Slider Inn.

What’re your favorite thing to do in the city? Taking the dogs to Overton Bark, Shelby farms, or Wiseacre, walking to a show at the Hi Tone or Levitt Shell, checking out pop up art shows and murals at Crosstown Arts, meeting friends at P&H or Lamplighter lounge to play pool or see a comedy show, and always lounging on the couch anywhere.

Is there anything we didn’t go over above that you think people should know about you? I also spend time sketching outside of work as a form of visual thought and investigation. Within this fluid medium, I play with lines, exploring the possibility of a more flexible, resilient built environment.

J Humphries is a graduate of the New Memphis Embark program. Learn more about Embark and start your application today!