Ryan Flener, Levi Hooten, and Samuel Mortimer make up the multi‐genre collective known as The Planning Agency. Each member brings a unique perspective, with our diverse architectural backgrounds spanning the range of award winning single and multi-family residential, commercial mixed-use, educational, and automotive project types. But we also build websites. And we make music. We create space and ideas for reading, listening, viewing, and experiencing. Interested in exploring urbanism and design through the lens of American landscapes, culture, and history, our cooperative is based out of Dallas, Texas.

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Samuel Mortimer holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee. Following graduation, he helped lead a design-build project called the New Norris House at his alma mater as a Lecturer and Researcher. As a member of the larger project team since its inception, he was critical to overseeing the project’s total sustainability effort, systems integration, and receipt of a plethora of honors (2013 AIA Top-10 Green Award, 2013 ACSA Design-Build Award, 2014 ALSA National Honor Award for Research, etc). His research related to building science in the residential sector and academic design-build pedagogy has been presented and published internationally.

He is now an Architect at GFF Architects in Dallas, Texas.

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Levi Hooten earned his BArch degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Architecture & Design in 2010 where he received a Chancellor’s citation for “Extraordinary Professional Promise.” He spent a semester abroad at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany and received the Hnedak Bobo Global Design Award for his conceptual design of a new Bauhaus Museum. His most notable achievement during school came as he and three other undergraduate students were awarded the top prize and a significant federal grant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its annual P3 Competition for Sustainability in Washington D.C. The project, A New Norris House, blossomed into the University of Tennessee’s largest design-build program to date, receiving several design awards including an AIA COTE Top Ten honor in 2013. Levi was hired by the University immediately upon graduation in a teaching and construction management role to shepherd the project successfully through completion.

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Ryan Flener received his B.Arch from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture & Design in 2010 where he was heavily influenced by the historical relationships between body and building. An intern architect at Good Fulton & Farrell, Ryan has been actively involved with the AIA Dallas Communications Committee since moving from his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in late 2011. He engages the built environment on a critical level and finds beauty in the honest and unexpected. Ryan resides in downtown Dallas where he often finds himself submerged in musical endeavors with The Town Planners and architectural and graphic design research under The Planning Agency.

flener @ theplanning . agency