About Us


Manous Design was established in 1992 in Lebanon, Tennessee, in the greater Nashville area. Since then, the firm has worked on projects throughout Middle Tennessee and the nation. Its numerous projects include everything from private residences to master-planned projects, from historic restorations to mixed-use retail centers, and from commercial distribution centers to country clubs.

Budgets have ranged from $250,000 to more than $250 million. Whatever the project, challenge or budget, Manous Design delivers architectural excellence.

Michael L. Manous, R.A. founder and president

Mike Manous has more than 25 years of architectural experience. He is a registered, fully-licensed architect in Tennessee and six other states, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He personally directs all design and production-related activities at the firm, working with a staff of engineers and architectural designers.

Manous is a graduate of the College of Architecture at the University of Tennessee During his career, he has directed the architectural services for many major regional building projects, working with clients including Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., Saturn Corporation (a division of GM), Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and Performance Food Groups.

Mark Kawczynski, P.E., Engineer

Mark Kawczynski has more than 15 years of civil engineering experience. He is a registered engineer in Tennessee. Associated with Manous Design since 1998, Mark manages the majority of civil and structural issues associated with Manous Design commissions.

Kawczynski is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University. During his career, he has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from historic restoration, regional master planning, industrial and manufacturing facilities, recreational facilities and public buildings.

I have worked with Mike on multiple ventures and am pleased to attest to his ability and competence. We look forward to our next endeavor with Manous Design.

- Hal Bone, CEO Horizon Construction & Development Lebanon, TN

I have worked with Mike and his firm on two very complex waterfront projects. Manous Design has the unique ability to translate general thoughts into a specific, detailed plan that perfectly suits a project’s framework, location and goals.

- James E. Varallo, Varallo Investment Properties, Nashville

The building created by Manous Design has achieved every goal that we had for our city’s recreational center. Over 300,000 people use the Jimmy Floyd Family Center each year.

- Tim Hill, Director of the Jimmy Floyd Family Center City of Lebanon

I cannot praise the work of Manous Design enough. Mike Manous has an incredible vision for historic preservation projects.

- Sue Vanetta, President & CEO Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce

Mike Manous takes every project to a higher level because of the outstanding quality of his work. His architectural designs for our public buildings – from first renderings to completed project – reflect excellence in every way. As he turns vision into reality, his buildings instill a sense of pride in our community.

- Mayor Don Fox, City of Lebanon, Tennessee

Much thought and planning went into the development of our new facility. We believe the finished product speaks for itself.

- Darin Lowery, Vice President of Operations Permobil North America

I have worked with many architects and Mike Manous has more vision than any of the others I have known.

- Patrick Agee, Past President and COO (retired) Performance Food Group

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the Cedarstone concept. You have made it come alive.

- Bob McDonald, President and CEO Cedarstone Bank

Wow! What an awesome building and project. I can’t believe how amazing the building looks and how you must feel now that it is a reality. Thank you for everything.

- Mayor Randal Hutto, Wilson County