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Kem is an architect, LEED accredited professional, urban designer, author, historian, graphic designer, photographer, lecturer, and visual artist. He received his professional education from the University of Tennessee, University of Pennsylvania, and Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1984, he and Seab Tuck established Tuck-Hinton Architects, and there he has been responsible for award-winning projects including Vanderbilt University Admissions Building, Tennessee World War II Memorial, Civil Rights Room in Nashville Public Library, MTSU Sports Hall of Fame, Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Center, and Ingram Science Building at Montgomery Bell Academy. Kem was the lead designer of the Tennessee Bicentennial Capitol Mall in Nashville, and he authored A Long Path: The Search for a Tennessee Bicentennial Landmark. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.
Kem is currently designing the new $95-million Tennessee State Library & Archives facility and a new memorial at War Memorial Plaza to honor Tennessean veterans involved in the Gulf War conflicts. He is married to Marilyn, has a grown son T.J., and recently completed his LEED Platinum residence, a first in Williamson County.