Dominique Arrieta

Gobbell Hays Partners, President and CEO

Gobbell Hays Partners believes that sharing knowledge and time with the future leaders of Nashville is an important investment in our community. The Nashville Public Library has always had a special place in our hearts, and over the years we’ve been given the opportunity to work on several Teen Center projects that confirmed our belief in the library and its dedication to building spaces just for young adults. I was thrilled to lead the Studio NPL design team of teens and loved seeing a spark of interest deep within the group.

During the 12-week workshop, the teens had an opportunity to see what it was like to be an architect and an engineer, and for many, it was the first time they had thought about designing a space. We left most of the decisions up to them and in return found that everyone had different experiences and expectations from the library.

With the help of studio mentors, students now have the opportunity to discover their passions and get on a path to doing something they love at an early age.

In the end, we designed a space that will evolve as the community changes, and I can say with certainty that these spaces will influence teens in the community to learn by experience. Studio NPL exposes teens to the fields of music production, graphic design, writing, making and many other paths. With the help of studio mentors, students now have the opportunity to discover their passions and get on a path to doing something they love at an early age.