Faris Eid

Founding Principal


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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. As founder and president of DIA, Faris is personally involved with a majority of the projects undertaken by the firm, with the focus on maintaining the high level of design and service that DIA aspires for in every project. His vision for innovation and creativity, as well as passion for historical restoration, have created a DIA culture that embraces the respect for our heritage while celebrating the unique creations of new projects. Faris is a believer in contributing to the well-being of the community both financially and in design, and that is instilled in DIA’s philosophy, code of practice, and core values. As evidence of this, the East Tennessee Community Design Center honored Faris’ commitment and contribution by naming him winner of the 2016 Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award.

Faris thoroughly appreciates and enjoys listening to the many genre of music from Classical, to Jazz and Blues, seeing a direct relationship between the harmonies in music and nature, including the environment that we design. At times you can catch him in deep concentration with his earbuds in, enjoying his music while sketching a building or reviewing drawings. 

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


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


  • 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
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