About Us

William C. Johnson Architect, LLC is a small, full service Architecture + Design firm. Since 1985, WCJA has helped clients achieve their design goals, from small residential projects to large commercial developments.

Our residential work includes custom residences, vacation homes, renovations/additions + multi-family projects. Our designs range in styles from Classical to modern to eclectic. We have experience with Historic structures + have received the Metropolitan Historic Commission Preservation Award for Infill Construction in a Historic District.

WCJA also provides commercial, industrial + institutional design services. Our work includes office/retail structures, tenant spaces, assisted living facilities, manufacturing + storage facilities, warehouses, restaurants, clubhouses, churches + hotels.


WCJA is a member of the US Green Building Council and is a LEED for Homes Accredited Professional. We are committed to promoting green building practices. We strive to stay abreast of new developments in the construction industry but will only utilize proven quality systems.

A successful project results from the collaboration of owner, architect, designer, consultants + contractor. We value and encourage the talents and opinions of each team member. A thorough understanding of programming, site and environmental conditions, budget +construction requirements is also essential. Our firm size allows the involvement of the principal architect throughout the building process.

We understand that architecture + design is a service industry. We strive to exceed our client's expectations and value the relationships developed over twenty-five years. We take pride in the fact that our clientele is produced primarily through a referral network of satisfied customers.


William C. Johnson, NCARB, USGBC LEED AP : Principal Architect

Bill is a licensed architect, currently registered to practice architecture in several states. He is a member of NCARB and the US Green Building Council. He worked with architectural firms in New York, Knoxville and Nashville, TN prior to forming WCJA.

Bill performed his Internship on Long Island, New York gaining experience designing custom homes, multi-family developments and vacation houses. Eventually Bill, his wife Cathy and daughter Kristen moved home to Nashville.

William C. Johnson Architect was formed in 1985. Since that time, Bill has designed everything from churches to cookie stores; private residences to restaurants; and bathrooms to horse barns. His work has been featured in news articles and industry publications. In 2011, WCJA received the Historic Commission Preservation Award for design of a custom residence in Nashville, TN.

In addition to his duties at WCJA, Bill taught for several years at O'More School of Design in Franklin, Tennessee. His instruction included courses in design theory and presentation rendering. He is a graduate of the School of Architecture, University of Tennessee (BArch 81), and of the Webb School, Bell Buckle, Tennessee (G76).

Bill and Cathy love to travel, cook and play with their grandchildren. Bill is an avid outdoorsman with interests in fly-fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.

Christian Noble, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C : Project Architect


Jennifer Whisenant, NCIDQ : Senior Interior Designer


Kara Tully : Architectural Associate

Personal + professional references are available upon request.


"The best part of working with Bill and his incredible team is their genuine enthusiasm for our project! They were just as excited about our project as we were!!! We truly feel like we are put first...We HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who is looking for an honest, hard-working, quality firm!!"

""Bill, Christian and Jennifer listened to what we wanted and took what was in my head and made it so much better. Having the option to have the team continue to work with us during construction was invaluable as we were not living locally. Christian made great recommendation to improve the appearance and the functionality of the house...Jennifer spent a lot of time narrowing down selections so we could be highly productive on the marathon selection days."

"Bill's attention to detail and attentiveness to our needs (and budget) always made us feel like we're in good hands. Creatively, his enthusiasm is infectious and our brainstorming sessions were always inspiring and helped us push forward with a clear vision. Personally, his communication was respectful, professional, and always in a timely manner. His talents receive our highest recommendation."

"Your commitment to designing a new house appropriate for this site is admirable... All [were] impressed by the attention to detail and the amount of care taken... Such preservation projects are truly inspiring for all of Nashville to see and appreciate."

"...the first thing I noticed ...was the essence of light in the morning. You couldn't be unhappy waking up in this space."

"The house has an amazing sense of [relationship] to the outdoors. ...from every window there is an amazing view."

"This house has a very happy plan [feel]"

"Bill gives the client what he wants, not what the architect thinks he needs."

"After three years and two disappointing architects, it was a delight to find Bill, who was easy to work with, really listened to us and designed a house we love."
[Bill] "....speaks for the building."
"Attention to detail and you get what you pay for........There is the best and then there is the ........rest."

"... amazed at how you turned existing space into a much [more] efficient space."

"Bill's documentation is easy to understand and to build, both for the homeowner and for the craftsmen in the field. Our clients love to work with Bill, he does a great job of helping them develop their ideas. His team is fun to work with and are always readily available."