the firm



Hord Architects is a second-generation architecture firm based in Memphis, Tennessee.  The firm was founded in 1957 by Lawrence T. Hord, Jr. and continues today under the leadership of his son, Carter Hord, AIA.  Carter is currently licensed to practice in sixteen states and is NCARB certified, allowing for reciprocity in other states.

Our firm specializes in designing churches and non-profit institutions, which constitute over 95% of our business.  Our partnership with churches and nonprofits is aimed at their long-term building integrity, congregation vitality, and success of their missions and ministries.  Our first job is identifying pressing needs in the community, and then finding the most appropriate design solutions.  We also enjoy working with committees and helping them build consensus.

In the past 60 years, Hord Architects has designed over 300 church-related projects from New York to Tennessee to Idaho.  We believe that our passion, skill, and experience produce a superior product and recognition on the national level as experts of church design.



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