Kem Hinton

Founding Principal, Tuck-Hinton Architects

Kem Hinton


Kem Hinton is a founding principal of Tuck-Hinton Architects.  He is an architect, LEED accredited professional, urban designer, author, historian, photographer, lecturer, and visual artist.

Kem was born in Nashville, raised in Murfreesboro, and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture in 1977.  Kem won the 1979 Japan Architect Central Glass International Design Competition, and with the proceeds enrolled and received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.  While there, he worked for Venturi & Scott Brown Architects.  He completed Penn’s graduate program at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Seab Tuck and Kem founded their studio in 1984.  Early in this collaboration, their firm received national and international attention for its design of Riverfront Apartments.  For this and other projects, they received the Young Architects Award from both the Architectural League of New York and Progressive Architecture magazine.  Kem was the first architect to receive Tennessee Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Fellowship. 

Tuck-Hinton Architects has received over 100 national and regional awards and its projects featured in national and international journals.  The studio’s recognized structures include the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Vanderbilt University Admissions Building, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Public Square, Music City Center, Tennessee World War II Memorial, Civil Rights Room in Nashville Public Library, TSU Campus Center, MTSU Sports Hall of Fame, Cumberland Valley Girl Scout Center, Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Center, and numerous buildings at Lipscomb University and Montgomery Bell Academy.

In 1998, Kem and Seab were both separately inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious College of Fellows for design excellence, a dual induction that remains extremely rare.