Letters to the Mayor: Nashville

November 30th, 2017 – February 3rd, 2018

Nashville Civic Design Center


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Storefront, in collaboration with the Nashville Civic Design Center, presents Letters to the Mayor: Nashville as part of the global Letters to the Mayor project. Each iteration presents a collection of letters by more than 100 architects, addressing the most pressing issues facing their city.


Letters to the Mayor: Nashville invites architects to write to Mayor Megan Barry.


See here and below for more information about the overall project and other iterations.




Clay Adkisson, Daniel Alderman, Asia Allen, Ali Alsaleh, Tara Armistead, Omar Bakeer, Fabian Bedne, Edgar Bolivar, Stephen Brockman, David Brown, Shanese Brown, Johnson Bullard, Elizabeth Cashion, Laura Cavaliere, Sung Min Cho, Keith Covington, Daniel Cremin, Juliana Daily, Lee Davis, Julie DeBow-Davis, Neil Denari, Sheila Dial-Barton, Gary Everton, Leigh Fitts, Tracey Ford, Debbie Frank, Valarie Franklin, Andrea Gaffney, Hunter Gee, David Grisham, Kristen Gruhn, William Harvell, Gary Hawkins, Alan Hayes, Mona Hodge, Laura Hollier, John Houghton, Derek Howard, Brent Hunter, Jayme Jacobson, Morgan Jessilyn Brown, Katrina Johnson Norris, Richie Jones III, Anna Ruth Kimbrough, Steve Knight, David Koellein, Robert Kown, Christine Kreyling, Alex Krieger, Betsy Littrell, Tyler Loveday, Ronald Lustig, Alan Mallach, Will Marth, Linda Marzialo, Michael Marzialo, Stephanie McCullough, Ann McGauran, Will Meyer, Richard Miller, Sarah Mohr, Tara Myers, Adam Nicholson, Kelsey Oesmann, Kate O’Neil, Neil Parish, Laura Pierce Beene, David Powell,Steve Powell, Don Reynolds, William Rosenthal, Mary Roskilly, Marc Rowland, J. Wilson Sawyer, Mark Schimmenti, Maggie Scott, Karin Smith, Amy St. John, J. Cyril Stewart, Matthew Sutton, Nathan Sweitzer, Elizabeth Thompson, Melissa Hill Threatt, Mary Vavra, Justin P. Wallace, Virginia Webb, Robert White, Sam Wible, Thomas Woltz, Katie Woods, Kulapat Yantrasast, Mary Melissa Yohn, Manuel Zeitlin


Local Curators

Fuller Hanan and Daniel Toner (Nashville Civic Design Center) 


Mayoral Desk / Architect’s Table Design
Kelly Bonadies and Emil Congdon
Wallpaper Design
Leah Robison



Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays real letters written by architects to their city mayors. Initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, the project has traveled to more than 15 cities across the globe, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others.


Letters to the Mayor invites 100 architects in each city to write a letter to their mayor as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.


Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the role of the architect in the political arena has often been relegated to answering questions that others have asked. 


Letters to the Mayor questions this dynamic, and invites local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of elected officials, and simultaneously into the public consciousness.