Ann McGauran, State Architect
An architect with more than 30 years of experience, Ann McGauran was unanimously appointed as State Architect by the Tennessee State Building Commission in 2017. As the chief staff officer of the SBC, Ann provides real estate expertise on capital projects and transactions affecting the state’s 94 million sq. ft. and 900,000-acre portfolio. Notably, she is the first woman named to this position in its 70-year history.
Likewise, she was the first female architect hired by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she served as Senior Project Manager/Architect and Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing.
Ann spent several years in positions within the State of Tennessee, General Services, Real Estate Asset Management, including as Executive Director of Business Operations.
She graduated top 5 in her class from Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University, and earned her Bachelor of Architecture at Auburn University.
Ann has served as a TN Achieves mentor, a community liaison for the design and planning of the 6th Police Precinct in West Nashville, and as a Heart Walk Team Captain for the American Heart Association.