about oysk3

We combine your ideas with our expert architects and designers to bring your vision to life and prepare detailed drawings and specifications for the delivery of your project. Our architect services cover a wide range of projects, from historic buildings, hotel architecture, healthcare design, and homes.
The award winning oysk3 architects firm has a team of design professionals who reflect our commitment to the highest quality in design and attention to clients. Each of these professionals contributes a vital knowledge of architecture, construction, and interior design to deliver the end product.

As Knoxville architects, we are eager to design architecture projects across the Knoxville area

oysk3 architects team

Jim Odle oysk3 chief architect

Jim Odle

Principal Architect

Tennessee, Virginia and Utah

The University of Tennessee, School of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, 1973 with Honors

First in line being ‘o’, Jim represents half of the original partnership of Odle & Young Architects. With 30+ years of architecture experience, there's not much Jim hasn't seen or dealt with. You'll love having him as part of your team.

Steve Young oysk3 chief architect

Steve Young

Principal Architect

Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina

The University of Tennessee, School of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, 1976 with Honors

As Mr. ‘y’, Steve completes the original partnership of Odle & Young Architects.

Steve's 30 plus years in architecture & design will make sure your project is a total success.

Profile Photo of Seth Schweitzer of oysk3 Architects

Seth Schweitzer

Principal Architect


The University of Tennessee
Masters of Business Administration

The University of Tennessee, School of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture

Seth's career started in 1974 during a high school drafting class, designing a simple roundhouse. After attending UT, he received his architectural registration in 1988 in the State of Tennessee. With all the experiences he's lived through over 50 years, Seth is a principal architect living in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife and daughter.

Cara Knapp of oysk3 Architects in Knoxville TN

Cara Knapp

Principal Architect

Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina

Norwich University, School of Architecture

Private Military College in Northfield, Vermont, Bachelor of Architecture, 2001 with Minor in Engineering

Cara strives to bring everything she can to each client, providing the same level of direct, individual service for every architecture project. She has a passion for design, creating a space that is specific to her client’s needs and conscious of constraints outside the scope of the project.

Whether an interior tenant remodel or a new church Family Life Center, Cara is ready and excited to work for you.

area organizations we are proud to be members of

Farragut West Knox chamber of commerce memeber
Sevierville architects
Blount Partnership

oysk3 architects resides in the Rogers Building in Knoxville, Tennessee's Mechanicsville Historic Neighborhood. Our building was designed and renovated into a new commercial space by Jim Odle and Steve Young in 2002 from ‘near condemnation’ conditions to its fully restored architectural status.

The Rogers Building is now on the National Register for Historic Buildings and of course, Jim and Steve’s original architecture firm, Odle & Young Architects, was instrumental in the renovation, providing vision, design, and expertise to transform an unusual and deteriorating structure in a vital neighborhood asset and home for many local businesses.

These restoration efforts did not go unnoticed as the firm received a Certificate of Appreciation from Knox Heritage and the building was nominated as a finalist for the Metropolitan Planning Commission's Excellence Award for Commercial Renovation in 2002.

why the "3" in oysk3 architects?

We tend to get this question quite often (we like to think of it as a great conversation starter!). 

The "3" in our name serves as a reminder to us and our clients of the three key pillars of our architecture firm: to be Consistent, to be Reliable, to be Responsive. 

We carefully focus on and exemplify these three pillars in all that we do, say, and create. They ensure you get the exact level of quality and experience you deserve to have from an architectural firm that cares about you and your success throughout the architecture and design process.

We're excited to have the opportunity to show you just what a difference our "3" can make for you and your architectural design project.