Sean Guth & Jason Miles, Lose Design
Sean Guth & Jason Miles

Lose Design announced eight Middle Tennessee employees, including two Rutherford County residents, have become employee-owners in the architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and planning firm. These employee-owners were determined through a variety of factors including leadership potential, initiative, dedication to projects and length of time with the firm.

The new Rutherford County employee-owners include:

Sean Guth, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP, Associate Vice President of the Architecture Division has been with the firm since 2013. Notable projects Guth has been involved with include the Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro, the Bellevue Community Center and Ice Facility, the Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park in Loudon County, Virginia, the Morristown Public Works Facility, the Southeast Community Center, Library, Park, and Ford Ice Center in Antioch, and New City Design in Guangzhou, China.

Guth earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007 and both his Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design from the University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning in 2009. He is a resident of Lascassas where he and his family operate a large farm.

Jason Miles, P.E., CFM, Assistant Division Director of Civil Engineering, has been with the firm since 2005. Notable projects Miles has been involved with include the Hamilton Springs Transit-Oriented Development in Lebanon, the Wilson Farms Development in Lebanon, the Southeast Community Center, Library, Park, and Ford Ice Center in Antioch.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Western Kentucky University in 2005. Miles and his two children live in Murfreesboro.

The other new employee-owners are:

April Andersen, PLA, Landscape Architect and Project Manager, joined the firm in 2010. Notable project Andersen has been involved in include the Southeast Community Center, Library, Park, and Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Nashville’s East Bank Riverfront Landing, and the Hamilton Springs Transit-Oriented Development Zoning Entitlement; Tennessee’s first Transit Oriented Development.

Andersen graduated from Ball State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and has been a member of the National Association of Women in Construction since 2013. Andersen and her family live in Nashville.

Michael Black, P.E., Vice President and Director of the Engineering Division, has been with the firm since 2005. Notable projects Black has been involved with include the Parking and Transportation Improvements on the campuses of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, and the Morristown Public Works Facility.

Black earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 2004. He and his family are currently building a home in West Nashville.

Tammy Boyte, Associate Vice President and Controller at Lose Design, has been with the firm since 2005. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1991. As a life-long Cheatham County resident, she currently resides in Ashland City, Tennessee.

Josh Gulick, PLA, ASLA, is a Senior Landscape Architect with Lose Design and has been with the firm since 2017. Gulick received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with a minor in Urban Affairs and Planning from Virginia Polytechnical Institute. A few of his current notable projects include the Bellevue Community Center and Ice Facility, Warren County Kentucky Ice and Tennis Center Feasibility Study, and the Franklin Parks and Recreation Baseball and Softball Field Complex.

Gulick is involved with several organizations including the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is also a member of the 2019 Leadership Donelson-Hermitage program and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Belmont University. Gulick and his wife currently reside in Donelson.

John Lavender, PLA, is Associate Vice President of the Planning Division. He started his career with Lose Design in 1997. With the exception of a 5-year period where he served as the Assistant Greenways Director with Metro Parks in Nashville, he has spent 17 years with the company. Lavender helps lead strategic planning projects for communities across the Southeast. His current projects include comprehensive park and recreation master plans for Little Rock, Arkansas and Mobile, Alabama.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. A resident of Wilson County, Lavender serves as the chairman of the Wilson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

John W. Shields, CLIA, ARCSA AP, Associate Vice President of Landscape Architecture Division, Nashville, has been with the firm since 1993. A few of Shields’ notable projects include Southeast Community Center, Library, Park and Ford Ice Center in Antioch; Kingsport Aquatic Center in Kingsport; and Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Shields earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oklahoma, Norman in 1991. He is a 24-year resident of Wilson County.

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