About Us

Rich in History

Tate Hill Jacobs Architects, Inc. is a full-service architectural design firm located in the heart of Lexington, KY. We have completed projects in multiple states and numerous counties across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Since our establishment by Sarah House Tate in 1975, Tate Hill Jacobs Architects has served over 500 clients with projects in educational, institutional, public, commercial, and residential sectors.

Dedicated to Design Excellence

Tate Hill Jacobs Architects places emphasis on the investment of good design with solutions that integrate building design with site-specific program requirements. Although our designs are philosophically rooted in this century, we are also distinguished for design excellence in renovation of historic and adaptive reuse properties with major new 21st-century additions. This design philosophy allows us to understand the importance of context for new buildings, to integrate within a “community of buildings” while honoring the history and the future.

As a firm we have received an Honor Award from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects [AIA] for the restoration of the historic Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center, which was the first Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government building to receive LEED certification. The firm also received The 2011 Distinguished Firm Award from the Kentucky AIA.

Committed to Careful Contract Administration

Our core personnel includes three registered architects, one graduate intern, as well as support staff. We are committed to design excellence, thorough production of construction documents, and careful administration of the construction contract. One or more of the firm principals is associated with every project in order to enhance the skills and resources available to each client. Project management is supervised by one of the principals, a policy which has resulted in a history of completed projects free from arbitration or litigation.

In addition to general design strength, our firm has broad experience in the following specialized areas:

  • Public School Design: New, Renovations, and Additions
  • Programming, Master Planning, and Feasibility Studies
  • Performing Arts/Community Arts Centers
  • Restoration and Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings

Our Work Team


Sabrina Oaks

Mark Isbell
Project Manager
Associate AIA

Michael Hughes

Lori Faberson
Marketing Director /
Office Manager



Brick in Architecture Award

Gold Winner
Tate Hill Jacobs Architects received The Brick in Architecture Gold Award for outstanding, innovative and sustainable brick design in their work on . As the largest and most prestigious juried competition of its kind, the Brick in Architecture Awards showcase the finest work in clay face and paving brick from architects and builders around the country.

AIA Kentucky

Distinguished Firm Award
Awarded to Tate Hill Jacobs Architects for consistent leadership, vision and ability and for distinguishing itself over the past decade through design and implementation of works of architecture that enhance the quality of our environment.

Honor Award
Awarded to Tate Hill Jacobs Architects for their work on The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center. The Honor Award recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice.

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AGC of Kentucky

Build Kentucky Award
The Association of General Contractors [AGC] of Kentucky awarded Tate Hill Jacobs Architects with the 2011 Build Kentucky Award for Locust Trace AgriScience Farm.

Tate Hill Jacobs Architects also won this award for our work on Munfordville Elementary School.


The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center is Lexington's first city-owned building to receive LEED certificaiton.