Smee + Busby Architects was established with two people in 2005. Today, partners Gregor R. Smee, AIA, and J. Scott Busby, AIA lead a staff of talented people coming from a variety of design and technical backgrounds.

In the course of their careers, individuals in our office have worked on many different project types. Our capabilities range from Renderings for fundraising, Programming, Site/Building Master Planning, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding and Negotiation, and Construction Contract Administration and Close-Out, and more. We continue to tackle a wide variety of projects everyday, customizing ourselves for each new problem.

We have design talent and experience...what more could you ask for?

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Gregor Smee, AIA, LEED AP


Gregor R. Smee has over 25 years of professional experience in architecture. He has held licenses in 40 states across the United States. Born, raised and educated in California, he has lived in East Tennessee since 1993 with his wife and daughters. Gregor's expertise includes commercial, educational, religious and housing project experience. In 2004 he established Smee Architecture Inc. on historic Market Square in downtown Knoxville. The following year Scott Busby joined as a partner and the name was changed to Smee+Busby Architects, P.C. Gregor received his Bachelors of Architecture from California Polytechnic State Univ. in 1987.

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Scott Busby, AIA


J. Scott Busby brings more than 25 years of experience on a variety of project types, including collegiate, health care, religious, educational and commercial buildings. Scott is the recipient of numerous local and state awards and received the 2000 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Young Architects Award, given to only five recipients nationwide. Scott received his Bachelors of Architecture with Honors from the University of Tennessee in 1987, where he was a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society and the Dean's Student Advisory Council. Scott served as the Chair of the Knox / Knox County Historic Zoning Commission and the AIA TN State President. He is currently serving as a Gulf States Representative on the national AIA Strategic Council.

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Christopher King, NCARB

Design Manager

Raised in the mountains of West Virginia, Christopher came down the Appalachian chain to attend school at the University of Tennessee in 1998. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Architecture in 2003, he worked in construction and development as project manager to "see the other side of the building process." Christopher returned to architecture when he joined Smee+Busby in 2005 as a designer. Chris is currently working towards his license and teaching classes at the UT School of Architecture and Design. He is also working extensively in Haiti, designing and supervising the construction of schools, clinics, and an orphanage. 

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Tiffany Gentry, Assoc. AIA

Associate Architect

Tiffany N. Gentry was raised in the Karns community of Knoxville, TN. During middle school and high school she actively practiced Kempo Karate, XMA, Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga and Muay Thai Kickboxing. She received her First Degree Black Belt in 2005. After high school graduation she attended the University of Tennessee Architecture + Design Program where she participated in Tau Sigma Delta Honors Society and was a Teaching Assistant for several architecture courses. With a desire to stay local and better her community, she graduated from UTK in 2013 and sought jobs in Knoxville, finding a home as a designer at Smee+Busby Architects. Tiffany is currently working on her license while participating on the AIA Membership Committee. She is an active member in the Double K Squares, a local Knoxville square dance community, and enjoys all types of exercise in her free time.

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Michelle Mokry, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Associate Architect

Michelle R. Mokry joined Smee+Busby Architects in 2015 and brought with her a wealth of knowledge and skill in architecture, interiors, and graphic design. After working with the University of Tennessee Architecture Program as the project coordinator for the HRSA Appalachian Disaster Relief Grant, Michelle put her design and organization skills to work as a project coordinator and designer at SBA. She is an active member of the Architecture community and has coordinated several UTK Architecture events such as the Architecture + Design’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.



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