Chattanooga architecture firmsPalmer Built Environments and Cogent Studioare merging to bring complementary services to the local market.

Thomas Palmer ofPalmer Built Environments has been growing his business for about eight years, and he’s joining forces withWayne Williams and Trey Wheeler of Cogent Studio.

The three went to college at Auburn University together, and Wheeler said he and Williams have watched Palmer’s work in the years since.


Their paths crossed again recently, and they found they had a shared vision for collaboration.

“We work together to deliver the best possible designs as a team, where the needs of the client meet the goal of creating an amazing space,” Palmer said in a prepared statement.“That’s a rare find in the architecture world.”

Palmer’s firm has worked on both residential and commercial projects since launching in 2007. The company’s work includesThe Crash Pad’s pavilion and park, The Flying Squirrel, Clyde’s on Main and GreenSpaces.

Wheeler and Williams founded Cogent Studio in 2014 on the foundations of creativity and collaboration.

The firms are joining under the Cogent Studio name. The combined team has eight members, who will all work out of a space on the Southside.

Working together will allow the team to have a bigger impact on the community, leaders said.

“This partnership lets us take some of the best talent that Chattanooga has to offer and combines them,” Wheeler said in a prepared statement. “Thomas has this uncanny sense for aesthetics that results in organic buildings that really belong in a place. We have a complementary skillset at Cogent, where we excel at problem solving and incorporating technology. Working together lets us all expand and achieve even more.”