Thoughtful Engagement · Responsible Design

We deliver exceptional designs that foster a healthy environment for our team, clients and communities. Faith-based roots remind us to serve and share the expertise we have learned along the way to create a sustained and bright future for all.


"The struggle is not with others,
but within us, to do what we are called to do." - J. Geddes

About Us

Hereford Dooley Architects, Inc. is a dedicated team of professionals providing architectural design services with licenses in nearly half the states across the country. Thomas Dooley of Hereford Dooley Architects opened the Nashville office in 1994 when he partnered with Lyman+Davidson of Atlanta to form Lyman Davidson Dooley. When Tom started the Nashville studio, he had nine years of previous experience in healthcare design, however, he initially focused on working with many different types of clients. His award-winning portfolio of work included office spaces, restaurants, churches, high-end residential work, and a music publishing studio. Over time, designing healing environments became more of a focus, and to this day, healthcare facilities make up the majority of our portfolio. William E. Hereford, III (Trip) had seven years of experience when he joined the Nashville studio in 2006. His past experience included the design of many types of public work including schools, jails, police/fire/EMS stations, libraries, and office buildings, but he was looking to pursue a career in healthcare design. Trip quickly acquired many responsibilities and obtained a leadership role, co-managing the local studio and business operations. In July 2014, the Nashville studio rebranded itself from a divisive reorganization of Lyman Davidson Dooley, and became Hereford Dooley Architects.


In 2017, Hereford Dooley Architects expanded our physical presence to the Birmingham market.


Our Mission to Give Back

Giving back to our communities has always been important to us. We are grateful for our successes and we are committed to sharing them with worthwhile causes. Each year we will aim to invest a minimum of 1% of the previous year’s profit toward a broad range of charitable activities. This commitment will be fulfilled through both cash contributions and employee involvement. We believe that every dollar and volunteer hour matters, and we are dedicated to supporting organizations like the ones listed below who continue to make a difference in our communities.

  • Al Menah Shriners

  • National MS Society

  • Camp Horizon

  • Children’s Wish Foundation International


  • The Papillion Center for FASD

  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

  • Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

  • AGAPE*

  • East Nashville Book Exchange

  • Safe Haven Family Shelter

  • Save the Children

  • Love Helps, Inc.

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • JDRF Diabetes Foundation

  • American Heart Association

We would like to thank our clients for choosing us and wish for you to know you are helping to support our mission to give back to our communities.

*Please check out the news section to learn more about our annuals donations over the years.

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