Meet the Team
Phil Thomason is principal of one of the oldest preservation firms in the country. His breadth of experience, passion for livable spaces and mediation skills all come into play as he helps clients identify and articulate the value of their historic resources and communicate that value to the community.
During recent decades, Thomason’s work and his firm have reflected the evolution of historic preservation in the U.S. Focusing first on National Register nominations and cultural resource surveys, he soon branched out into preservation plans, design guidelines for towns and communities, and environmental assessments. Initially focused on the Southeast, his work expanded throughout the country. Along the way, he developed a unique expertise in military architecture.
A native of Georgia and Kentucky, he grew up in historic neighborhoods and experienced their intrinsic value. Upon completion of his B.A., he pursued a career in public radio before returning to school to earn an M.A. in historic preservation in 1978. He worked as a preservation planner with Building Conservation Technology, Inc. until 1982, when he founded Thomason and Associates.
- Preservation Action, Board of Directors
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, Board Member
- Tennessee Preservation Trust
- Historic Nashville, Inc.
- Vernacular Architecture Forum
- Society for Commercial Archaelogy
- Preserving the Recent Past
- Trail of Tears Association
M.A., Historic Preservation, University of Middle Tennessee, 1981
B.A., Knox College, 1975
Teresa documenting the Natchez Trace in Tennessee.
Teresa Biddle Douglass
Preservation Planner, Project Manager
Douglass specializes in women’s history, African-American history and cultural landscape studies. Since joining Thomason and Associates in 1998, she has provided project management and oversight for cultural resource surveys, National Register nominations, and historic preservation plans.
Her thesis topic, “Nashville’s Summer Street 1890-1900: A Gender-Specific Public Space for Women,” examined shifting economic and social patterns and their effect on the developing urban landscape. She has authored numerous articles for the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, and conducted research and fieldwork for the Tennessee Rural African-American Church Project.
As a Program Assistant at the American Association for State and Local History before joining Thomason and Associates, Douglass assisted with the development of professional workshops and the coordination of a nationwide awards program.
- Tennessee Preservation Trust, Board Member
- Association for State and Local History
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
Andra visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio during survey work for the Village of Oak Park.
Martens’ graduate studies emphasized historic preservation and state and local history. Her completion of two National Register of Historic Places listings, one for the Logan Henderson Farm District in Rutherford County and the other for the Alexander Smith House in Williamson County, developed her knowledge of rural landscapes. A submission to the online Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture entitled “Horse Sense vs. Sprawl” analyzed the state’s history of racehorse breeding and addressed the activities of Tennessee’s horse industry against suburban sprawl. An oral history project with multi-generation farm owners completed for the Land Trust for Tennessee provided her with further insight into past and present patterns and philosophies of land use.
Other projects with oral history components included a Civilian Conservation Corps Oral History Project, the Library of Congress World War II Oral History Project, and Kowalczyk’s thesis “Horse Race: Class and Gender: American Cultural Identity Through Horseracing.” As a graduate assistant with the Center for Popular Music, she organized two large collections of Tennessee-related sheet music and a multi-media collection of recorded rural, Southern-American music and oral history.
Kowalczyk is also the author of Tennessee’s Arabian Horseracing Heritage, published as part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series. The publication relies on historic photos, oral history, and historical research to interpret the significant contributions of two influential Tennessee horse breeders to the foundation of this little-known sport. It also addresses the state’s historical reputation for producing highly regarded sport horses.
- B.M., Commercial Music: Jazz Composition/Arranging
- University of Memphis, 1991
- M.A., Historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University, 2005
Committed to providing innovative solutions that satisfy clients’ needs while adapting to the natural systems of a site, Hawkins Partners has been creating memorable and meaningful places since 1986. Believing that every site plays a part in the health of our environment, the firm has demonstrated this philosophy by transcending pre-packaged solutions to implement cost-effective designs that mitigate the impact of development on the enviroment.
Mr. Emrick has more than 20 years’ experience as an Historic Architect, designing projects in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. He has worked with Thomason and Associates on a variety of projects including assessment of the St. Francis barracks in St. Augustine and plans for Saufley Field in Pensacola. Mr. Emrick is based in Nashville and provides historic architectural services throughout the country.
Zada Law, Ph.D.
Archaeologist Zada Law specializes in conducting archaeological resource surveys for federal and state legislative compliance. Her woman-owned firm provides technical assistance to clients, including assessing project designs in the planning phase for likely effects on archaeological resources. Ms. Law has served as Principal Investigator for more than 150 archaeological resource surveys.
Archaeologists and Planners
TRC is a nationally recognized cultural resource consulting firm with a service area that covers a broad section of the United States and the Caribbean. TRC has completed more than 900 projects since it was incorporated in 1983. Thomason and TRC are long-time associates, having frequently collaborated on projects for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
The Walker Collaborative
The Walker Collaborative is the planning practice of Philip Walker of Nashville. Mr Walker has 20 years’ experience in urban planning projects including downtown and neighborhood revitalization, battlefield preservation, comprehensive planning, implementation tools and community visioning. He has outstanding experience in land-use planning including zoning issues, conservation easements and “smart growth” techniques.