Who We Are

We pursue architecture to give form to your values. We fabricate to build beautiful things.

Forrest Kirkpatrick founded Fork Design in 2011. With a degree in architecture, mastery of both architectural and building computer models, and experience in carpentry and welding, he’s the heart of every project at Fork Design.

Our name comes from his name: We just removed unnecessary letters. Our studio works the same way, cutting out the extras and delivering the parts that give a project the most value. Forrest caters the studio’s team size to the needs of each project, leveraging his long list of contractor, fabricator and architect contacts.

Our Philosophy

We believe in contributing to a creative and egalitarian community and showing respect for all those involved in our work. We believe that people shouldn’t be detached from the environment around them, and that means using a design process that emphasizes truly understanding the project through hands on work. We work with clients and partners who share these values and look for creative, innovative solutions.

Recognition & Awards

American Institute of Architects

2014 AIA Tennessee Merit Award (link to Vagabond)

2014 AIA Tennessee Award of Excellence (Sanders Pace Architecture) (link to Holston River House)

2014 AIA East Tennessee Award of Merit (Sanders Pace Architecture) (link to Holston Rover House)

2014 AIA East Tennessee Merit Award (link to Haas Workstations)

Historic Preservation

2017 Knox Heritage Fantastic Fifteen Award (link to SoKno Taco Project)

2014 Knox Heritage Fantastic Fifteen Award (link to Marc Nelson Project)


“Renovation Gurus Melinda and Kevin Grimac Take On Their First All-New Building,” The Knoxville Mercury, Shannon Carey, March 15, 2017

“A New Building Designed For 107 Commerce,” Inside of Knoxville, Alan Sims, March 10, 2017

A Creative Take on the Dogtrot House Brings Clean-Lined Modernism to Tennessee, Dwell, May 2016 mention for casework fabrication

Forrest Kirkpatrick and Fork Design Putting Their Stamp on Downtown Knoxville and Beyond, Inside of Knoxville, November 2015