Volunteer Highlight: Elizabeth Eason, AIA, LEED Fellow – BD+C & Homes


Elizabeth founded her firm, Elizabeth Eason Architecture LLC, in 2003 with a focus on bringing thoughtful, sustainable, design solutions to projects in Tennessee. Environmentally sustainable design is the heart and soul of her firm whether designing healthy, efficient, affordable housing or renovating a historical building for a daylight filled, office space.

In 2013 Elizabeth was honored with designation as a LEED Fellow by the US Green Building Council. She has completed numerous certified sustainable projects under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Energy Star, and Earth Craft rating systems.
As principal architect of her firm, Elizabeth has managed a wide variety of educational, civic, military, commercial, hospitality, industrial and residential projects throughout East and Middle Tennessee. She has led multi-discipline teams from schematic design through to project completion and close out.

Community involvement and leadership has been a significant component of Elizabeth’s career. She has served on committees, volunteered her time and skills, and participated in numerous community planning processes. Of significance is her work on Governor Bredesen’s Energy Policy Task Force, Mayor Haslam’s Energy and Sustainability Task Force and her role as a planning commissioner for Knoxville Knox County.

About her personal life, Elizabeth says: “I grew up playing in the rivers and woods in East Tennessee.  Exploring nature continues to influence my hobbies from painting landscapes, studying native plants, sketching birds, hiking and camping.  You’ll still find me playing in the river too.” 

Elizabeth first volunteered with the Design Center in the early 1980s when she was still a UT Architecture student. She says that working with the ETCDC over the years has been 'a wonderful opportunity to design in collaboration with the community' and that 'through the ETCDC we can share our design skills with groups that need assistance with their projects.' She states that 'it has been rewarding to volunteer and work on a wide variety of projects through the Design Center.'

And it has been rewarding to have a volunteer like Elizabeth Eason by our side for so many years! Thank you, Elizabeth, for helping East Tennessee through your designs!