Josh is a registered architect and licensed attorney and is General Counsel of HBG Design, a nationally-recognized leader in hospitality, entertainment and mixed-use design, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Josh oversees legal, insurance and compliance matters for HBG and is a member of the firm’s Management Team.
Josh has served in leadership roles at the local, state, regional and national levels of the profession. He served as the 2016 Chair of the AIA National Young Architects Forum, a program of the AIA organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects. Under Josh’s leadership, the YAF launched the Workforce Jetpack, a resource to prepare emerging professionals to meet the demands of future practice. As the Knowledge Director of the National YAF, Josh launched the YAF Mini MBA: Mastering the Business of Architecture, a workshop presented at four consecutive AIA National Conventions in partnership with the AIA Large Firm Roundtable to enable emerging professionals to develop business leadership skills. As the 2012 President of AIA Memphis, Josh founded the AIA Memphis Leadership Program which connects emerging professionals with Memphis Fellows through an eight-month leadership curriculum. Josh served as the 2011-2012 Young Architect Regional Director for the AIA Gulf States Region where he launched “Emerging Gulf States” a regional symposium for emerging professionals. Josh was elected as the 2019 President of AIA Tennessee and represents Tennessee in the AIA State Government Network. He is a recipient of the AIA National Young Architects Award and the Building Design and Construction Magazine 40 Under 40 Award.
Josh received Bachelor of Architecture and Juris Doctor Degrees from the University of Tennessee where he served as editor of the Tennessee Law Review. He is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry as well as the Memphis and Tennessee Bar Associations and the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is listed as a Rule 31 mediator in the State of Tennessee, and is a national speaker and writer on legal issues related to architectural practice and career development for design professionals.