Donald P. Shell, AIA, REFP

Chief Executive Officer

As Community Tectonics Architects’ CEO, Mr. Shell is responsible for the overall business and design direction of the firm.  His philosophy of professional practice, which employs personalized service to each client, forms one of the foundations upon which Community Tectonics was built.  Mr. Shell’s design work includes unique projects such as Knoxville’s world-famous Sunsphere, the theme structure for the 1982 World’s Fair.


Tennessee Tech University 1964-1966

University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Architecture 1970

William C. Vinson III, AIA, NCARB


Mr. Vinson, President of Community Tectonics, joined the staff upon his graduation from UT Knoxville in 1973 and has been a principal in the firm since 1980.  Under his aggressive leadership, the firm and its clients benefit from the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art computer technology available. The diverse collection of facilities commissioned to the firm gives Mr. Vinson the expertise to accurately, efficiently, and professionally manage project development and completion.


University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Architecture, 1973

Paola V. Martinez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Project Architect

Since joining Community Tectonics Architects in 2007, Ms. Martinez has provided outstanding leadership in project management.  With her diverse background she brings the ability to provide innovative solutions to design challenges. As a LEED certified architect, she provides our clients with sustainable design features that will provide energy efficient savings for years to come.


InstitutoTecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Bachelor of Architecture, 2000

University Politecnica de Catalunya, Certificate of Design 2002

Allison C. Pelham, ID, IDS

Director of Interior Design

Mrs. Pelham’s talent for interior design became apparent early in her undergraduate career when she was the first recipient of the Jeanne Long Scholarship awarded by the Interior Design Society.  Since joining Community Tectonics in 1985, she has gained valuable experience in all aspects of interior design, including space planning, furniture and fixture specifications, interior finish selections, office system analysis and installation.


Carson-Newman University Bachelor Science, Interior Design, 1989