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THJA Former and Current Principals

 THJA Former and Current Principals (Left to Right): Susan Hill (Retired), Katrina Littrell, Sabrina Oaks, Margaret Jacobs, and Sarah Tate (Retired).

Tate Hill Jacobs Architects, Inc. (THJA) is a full-service architectural design firm located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Over almost 50 years of continuous service, Tate Hill Jacobs, a women-owned, WBE Certified firm, has serviced clients with projects in educational, institutional, public, commercial, and residential sectors.

Tate Hill Jacobs places emphasis on the investment of good design with solutions that integrate building design with site-specific program requirements. We are committed to design excellence, thorough production of construction documents, and careful administration of the construction contract.

Sustainability of our natural resources, energy efficiency, and positive environmental and social impacts on the user’s community inform our design work. By looking at each project within its unique geographical context and working in collaboration with owner, end users, and the full design team, the site and building develop in response to natural elements and human requirements.

We require that one or more THJA principals is associated with every project in order to enhance the skills and resources available to each client. Project management is supervised by a principal, a policy which has resulted in a history of completed projects free from arbitration or litigation.

At THJA, we are proud of the long-lasting relationships we have developed through our emphasis on collaboration, innovation, sustainability, and cost-effective and constructible design solutions. We believe having one or more principals associated with each project contributes to the success of our strong, continuous relationships with all members of the project team, from owners and their representatives, to design professionals and contractors.

Firm Principals

Katrina Littrell

Katrina Littrell, AIA, NCARB

Sabrina Oaks

Sabrina Oaks, AIA, CID,


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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.


Awarded to Tate Hill Jacobs Awarded to Tate Hill Jacobs Architects for Excellence in Design from AIA Kentucky for our work on Frederick Douglass High School. Thanks to a tight building envelope and energy efficient systems, as of December 2019, Frederick Douglass High School is the most energy efficient high school in the United States.

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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 The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center. 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.

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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.

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