Faris Eid

President / Principal-In-Charge

AIA, LEED® AP

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(865) 243-8441

Faris has been described as having a unique talent for working with clients to determine the perfect mix of building efficiency, style, and construction-cost management. After years of working on large-scale projects in Houston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., for the nationally recognized design firm Rabun Hatch & Associates of Atlanta, Georgia, Faris returned to Knoxville, Tennessee, to found Design Innovation Architects (DIA), now one of the area’s premiere architectural firms.

As president of DIA, Faris is personally involved with every project undertaken by the firm, from project award through occupancy. His passion for historical restoration and vision for innovation have created a culture that embraces heritage while celebrating the promise of the future. In addition to creating compelling new buildings, Faris is a big believer in giving back to the community. Most recently, the East Tennessee Community Design Center honored Faris’ commitment and contribution by naming him winner of the 2016 Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award.

In addition to all DIA projects, Faris’ extensive portfolio includes the Atlanta Airport Hilton hotel and conference center; the Norfolk Airport Hilton hotel and conference center; a Hyatt and an Intercontinental Hotel on Hilton Head Island; and Houston’s Restaurants in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

Education
  • Bachelor of Architecture cum laude, University of Tennessee, 1983
Accreditations & Affiliations

Professional:

  • Registered architect, American Institute of Architects
  • Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • LEED Accredited Professional

Civic:

  • Leadership Knoxville, Class of 2003
  • East Tennessee Community Design Center
  • Knox Housing Partnership
  • Entrepreneurs Organization (EO)
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Chancellor’s Associates
  • Knoxville Historic Zoning Commission
  • Knoxville Building Board of Appeals
Honors & Awards
  • 2016 East Tennessee Community Design Center Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award
  • 2008 Knoxville Beautification Board Orchid Award for Outstanding Design: PIPS Technology Building
  • 2006 and 2005 Metropolitan Planning Commission Excellence Award: Phoenix Building
  • 2003 AIA East Tennessee Chapter 50 Most Notable Works of Architecture for Last 50 years: Pete’s Coffee Shop
  • 2000 Knoxville Beautification Board Orchid Award for Outstanding Design: Mortgage Investors Group Building
  • 1997 Metropolitan Planning Commission Excellence Award: The Shops at Bearden Place
  • 1993 City of Knoxville Service Award
  • 1986 City of Knoxville Honorary Citizen
  • Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts