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At AEI, we aim to consistently exceed our clients' expectations by understanding their goals and providing superior professional services. Our creative and functional design solutions bring the client, designer and builder together for a successful project experience. In essence, every project we take on becomes more than a reality. It becomes witness to a client's personality, to our commitment, and to the enthusiasm we both share for excellence in design.

AEI does not boast a single particular style, design or area of work. The firm offers planning, engineering as well as architectural design for a wide variety of project types. The staff strives to create project designs that have the ability to blend with the existing surroundings or stand on its own as a bold statement.


In 1988, Architects and Engineers, Incorporated was formed in Cookeville to offer full service architectural and engineering services. Within a few years, clients naturally started referring to the firm in abbreviated form as AEI, which has since become the firm's identity.

AEI resides in an older building constructed in 1910 that is located in Cookeville's Historic District. The building, originally known as the TPI Café, is a matured brick structure that has been renovated to accommodate AEI's design team. The original materials were exposed to reveal the original brick walls, open rafters and wood floors. The warm atmosphere reflects the personality of the office and shows the value the firm places in blending the design and aesthetics with functional use of space. The open spaces promote collaboration among the various disciplines so that all areas of design work together as one entity.

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Principal Architect 

As a registered architect with 23 years of experience, Peter's professional flair is marked by competitive, artistic, and inquisitive traits. As a result, he has helped design many interesting structures in a variety of locations. Peter's responsibilities as president require him to focus on the vision of the firm as well as the vision for most of AEI's projects. He enjoys client interaction, discovering the objectives for each project, and establishing a game plan that's both creative and reasonable.

Peter Metts is the original principal of AEI since the firms opening in 1988. He is a licensed architect in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, and Alabama. In addition to being a member of the American Institute of Architects, Peter has maintained his NCARB Certification since his initial licensing.

Within the city of Cookeville, Peter has gained membership to various notable organizations. He has served as President to both the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary as well as the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.