Our Team

EVANS TAYLOR FOSTER CHILDRESS • ARCHITECTS is comprised of architects, interns, interior designers, construction administration specialists and administrative staff who provide project management, programming, design CAD documentation, specifications, 3D renderings, estimating, and construction administration.


Rusty Foster, AIA

Rusty joined the firm in 1974 as an intern. Today, he is a partner and is responsible for the management and design of a variety of project types with a career focus on healthcare design. His experience includes multiple projects for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Memphis TN; St. Francis Medical Center-Memphis TN; West Tennessee Healthcare-Jackson TN; Jackson Madison County General Hospital-Jackson TN and the Regional One Health (the MED)-Memphis TN. Rusty is a graduate of the University of Memphis and is licensed in multiple states. When he is not designing proton therapy centers, surgical suites or imaging facilities; Rusty enjoys tennis, audio books and writing and recording music.

Michael Childress, AIA

Mike is an award winning Architect and firm partner who has over the last twenty-eight years established the firm as one of the region’s top design firms in Justice Architecture. Mike and the firm have completed projects all across the Southern region of the Country, South to Florida, West to Texas, North to Indiana, and East to……yes, all the way to Afghanistan He has designed multiple projects for the Federal Government, many States, Counties, Municipalities and also Private Industry. Mike enjoys free time with his wife Kelley, their two sons, Cameron and Connor and dog Chloe, especially at their house on Greers Ferry Lake in Arkansas. Mike is a graduate of the University of Memphis and is active in local community services and youth sports. An avid singer/songwriter, Mike enjoys playing and recording with his fellow band mates in and around town.

Ladd Garey, AIA

Ladd Garey has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas. Ladd is a member of AIA, and has his NCARB certificate. Ladd is a firm partner and is licensed in Arkansas and Tennessee. Ladd is a member of the Rotary International, and is actively involved as a volunteer coach for The Boys and Girls Club of Crittenden County. Ladd’s philosophy is, “The best tool for thinking and design is a sharp pencil”. His family are members of First Baptist Church, and he enjoys spending free time with his wife and daughter.

Craig Baird

Craig Baird has been with ETFC Architects since 1996, and was previously with Coleman Foster Architects prior to the merger of that firm with NEPT Architects to create ETFC as it is today. He is a Project Manager for the firm along with the responsibilities of I.T. manager, architectural photography, and archive manager of projects and photography. When he started in 1996 he initiated a program of large format paper recycling which has developed into the firm’s recycling of all recyclable materials. Craig graduated from Mississippi State University School of Architecture. Along with photography, his additional interests include cycling, trail running, & travel.

Lisa Cayce

Lisa Cayce is the Office Manager for ETFC Architects. After receiving her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Office Systems Technology from Northwest Mississippi Community College, Lisa went to work for ETFC Architects. Lisa is proficient in Microsoft Office and Deltek Vision. This year is Lisa’s 18th year with ETFC Architects. Lisa enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with Will, her husband of 17 years, their 2 miniature poodles as well as her friends and family.

Brian Cooper, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Brian Cooper is an Associate AIA member, a LEED Accredited Professional and has been a Project Manager for ETFC Architects since 2006. With a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science and Arts from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and work experience dating back to 1998, he is an integral part of the firm. Brian enjoys bicycling, gardening, permaculture and spending time with family.

Clayton Gott, CSI

Clayton Gott has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has been with ETFC Architects since 1982. He is Construction Contract Administrator for the firm with responsibilities including on site management of the implementation of contract documents working with property owners and all contractors participating in the project. Notable projects include UT Health Sciences – Memphis and Martin campuses, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Memphis, US Postal Service, Private and Governmental Incarceration Facilities, and City of Memphis Fire and Police Departments. Clayton in his spare time enjoys working on cars, DIY projects for family and friends, and spending time with his kids, grandkids and three Labrador Retrievers. He and his wife, Kathy, are members of Faith Methodist Church of Oakland.

Nick Pirani, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Nick joined the firm in 2004 and has a BFA in Architecture from the University of Memphis. He is a Project Manager and is involved in all phases of a project from design through construction documents to project close-out. He is experienced with CAD and BIM software, and also creates 3D renderings of projects. His experience includes working with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee (Health Science Center), the University of Memphis, and others. Some of the projects he has been involved with include a proton therapy center, surgery suites, research laboratories, office buildings, renovations and a baseball complex. Nick is a member of AIA and USGBC, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. When he is not in the office, he enjoys reading and spending time with his family.

Pam Rose

Pam joined the firm in 1993 after working for another company for six years. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University in 1987. Pam is a Project Manager, and her responsibilities include contract documents, editing specifications, project management and some construction administration. Project experience includes renovations and additions on the University of Memphis campus, Jeter Elementary Classroom Building, Southwind Middle School, Bank of Bartlett financial centers, an addition to Faith Presbyterian Church, and multiple tenant leasing plans. In her free time, Pam enjoys reading, quilting, folk art and spending time with her family and pets.

Phil Rose

Phil has been a Project Manager with ETFC Architects since 1997. He enjoys working on technically complex projects like research laboratories, NMR suites, and hospital pharmacies. While working with clients such as St Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Memphis, The Regional Medical Center of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and St. Francis Medical Center – Memphis he has gained experience in a variety of projects. He has also managed the FedEx Park Baseball Training Facility Project and several other athletic facility projects with the University of Memphis. He enjoys tinkering with old cars and coaching youth soccer and basketball.

Kathryn Westervelt, Assoc. IIDA

Kathryn comes to us from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Interior Design, a minor in Architectural Design, and a Master’s Degree in Human Environmental Studies. Kathryn moved to Memphis in 2014, joined the firm in 2015, and hopes to be NCIDQ certified in 2018. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys traveling, watching hockey games, and spending time with her husband and 3 dogs.