CMArchitects is located in the Historic Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, and is an award winning practice of architects and designers.
Our community design is committed to enhancing the public through design of healthcare related architects, restaurants, schools, assisted living facilities, and homes.  An underlying belief of our firm is that a combination of these specializations into large scale mixed-use environments offers a truly vibrant, livable community.
CMArchitects brings creativity, innovative problem solving and decades of experience to every project. Our commitment is to work with each client and achieve the highest level in design and service possible. This collaborative process leads to the construction of unique spaces that are appropriate to each clients needs, taste and budget.
Through collaboration, communication and extensive experience with commercial and residential properties, CMArchitects can help you explore innovative design options and create distinctive spaces that enrich your life and work. We work directly with each client, helping to explore innovative design options and solutions.
The combined experience of the staff has completed thousands of residential, industrial, healthcare, retail restaurant and commercial projects of all sizes and scales.


  • We are licensed in 14 states to better serve our clients.
  • ADA Accessibility Experts
  • Over 500 ADA Surveys in 36 States. CMArchitects developed an ADA Surveying guide that includes all Federal requirements and allows us to report handicap accessibility.
  • Certified Small Business (Enterprise)
  • State of Tennessee and Metro-Nashville, Davidson County
  • Member of Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Federal Government
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Our philosophy is that a building should fit its purpose and environment, optimizing the value for our client and the community. We strive to be sensitive to the physical, environmental, psychosocial, mental, spiritual, political and cultural factors to identify barriers and to have positive effect on the health and well-being that brings meaning to life, culturally and personally.


Innovation, creation and problem solving are common ground for all design disciplines and fundamental to all human activities. We foster an environment that brings together the best ideas to make your project successful. Keep up with the current projects and ideas that are on our drafting boards with the link below.

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Thomas Carnell is the Chief Executive Officer and has been noted for his projects with The Nemours Children’s Clinic, TSA Design Award of Merit HCA Data Center, Tennessee AIA Design Award of Merit; University of Tennessee Competition for the School of Architecture.


  • 30+ Years of Experience
  • Feasibility and Pro Forma Analysis
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Medical Office & Hospital Planning
  • Restaurant Construction Requirements
  • Master Planning


  • Pre-development Research
  • Existing Building Surveys
  • Building Code Analysis
  • Zoning Analysis
  • Developer Coordination
  • Meetings with Localities
  • ADA Design, Surveys & Reports


  • Design / Bid / Build
  • IDIQ | Indefinite Deliver, Indefinite Quantity
  • Design/Build (as Architect Entity)
  • Sub-Contracted Design (as Architect Entity)


“Tom worked with me on client relations as well as directing overall planning, design, strategy, physician demand analysis, development budget, and construction. He has taken these skills to develop an architectural firm that helps clients optimize their value as well as improve their communities.”
BART STARR | Starr Enterprises | Hall of Fame Quarterback
“As a McDonald’s owner/operator, I have now had the pleasure of working with CMArchitects on numerous McDonald’s new construction as well as remodels. To me, Tom’s greatest asset is his ability to LISTEN. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding CMArchitects and the success that we have experienced in partnership with them in my company, Funderburk Managment.”
Tim Funderburk | McDonald’s Owner  / Operator
“CMArchitects works extremely hard to keep a project within the budget restraints and equally close to schedule requirements, resulting in satisfied customers.”
Richard T. Conard, M.D.
“I am greatly pleased with your work on our project. We continue to receive numerous compliments on the building and it has helped my practice.”
Dr. Michael Hueneke | 1914 Charlotte Avenue
“CMArchitects is a result oriented designfirm that proved to be invaluable in theirability to provide creative design solutions,maintain organization on a very complexproject and produce the work within avery demanding time frame.”
Michael Lilly, MBA PMP | Project Manager | HCA
“First, the time and effort that went into the preliminary concept planning and our discussions relating to personnel relationships, company procedures and overall operations were very thorough and penetrating. Second, your use of the data gathered and the resulting preliminary design along with its adaptation to the site was fascinating. Third, the finished product speaks for itself!”
R. R. Longhurst, III | Senior Vice President | Oman Construction Company

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