An architectural firm writes and records an album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Most of us have worked in an office at some point in our lives, and we certainly have our ideas about the typically mundane sights and sounds you’ll find there. One office has a team building exercise that is anything but business as usual.

Manuel Zeitlin Architects. You may know their name. You certainly know their work.

“We were the architects of the Cummins Station renovation,” said architect and co-owner Andy Grogan. “We worked with Fido. We did the downtown Fairlane Hotel.”

This is not the usual office. Their workspace is also an art gallery. Then there is Mila, the office dog. That’s not all that makes this place special.

“We have a group,” smiles architect Caroline Gallagher.

Since 2016, a team of architects and a structural engineer have spent every February writing and recording a new annual album.

“We realized that everyone had aspirations, but no one was making music right now,” Grogan said.

“I thought, ‘what fun,’” said Dan Borsos of EMC Structural Engineers.

“It goes back to the theory that everyone in Nashville is a musician,” Gallagher said.

The name of the group?

“We call it Work,” laughed Grogan.

Where does this name come from ?

“Well, that’s pretty obvious.”

Work’s new album, Too Much, is available now on Band Camp, with proceeds going to the non-profit Buchanan Arts. The non-profit organization provides professional art lessons to anyone, regardless of income.

“I have friends who have listened for the last couple of years who think it’s a professional brand label recording,” Borsos said of the albums.

A typical office environment may not be suitable for everyone, especially creative people. This team said they knew they had something special.

“If you had told anyone, one day you’ll be working in an office where you have a band and put out albums, it’s like a dream come true,” Grogan said.

Michael J. Chiaramonte