1924-2024 and Beyond


TURNERBATSON Celebrates 100-Year Legacy of Pioneering Architecture

TURNERBATSON Architects is thrilled to announce the celebration of its 100-year anniversary. Since its inception in 1924, the firm has been involved in some of the most significant architectural design projects in the state of Alabama.

The firm was founded by George P. Turner, whose foundational work established a standard of excellence for the firm. Turner’s work included estate homes in Mountain Brook, neighborhood development, including the Hollywood section of Homewood, and landmark churches, including the Greek Orthodox Church, East Lake Methodist Church, and Trinity United Methodist.

In the 1950’s, Edgar Batson married George Turner’s daughter and joined him to create the firm Turner & Batson Architects. During that time, the firm designed notable projects including East Lake Hospital and Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, and more than 200 church and institutional projects.

Edgar Batson’s son Rick Batson joined the firm in the 1970’s, becoming the third-generation leader of the family business. Significant projects during that time included the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Hunter Street Baptist Church, and many projects at Alabama Universities including Samford University, Montevallo, UAB, The University of Alabama, UAH, The University of North Alabama, and Auburn University.

Upon Rick Batson’s retirement in 2017, leadership transitioned to the “fourth generation” of partners, Dave Reese and Eric Berg. As the firm continues to design landmark projects, Reese and Berg want to honor those who helped reach this milestone achievement. “We are standing on the shoulders of some amazing leaders and talented architects and interior designers who have significantly impacted the design profession over the past 100 years,” said Reese. “We are so grateful for the chance to collaborate with our clients and continue to enhance this significant legacy.”

Reese said that relationships developed throughout the years with clients, engineer partners, general contractors, and other design professionals has been one of the most rewarding parts of the firm’s longevity. “We are honored by our past and excited about our future,” said Reese. “We cherish the chance to continue to make a significant impact in the built environment, honor our faith, and surround ourselves with great people.”

Recent TURNERBATSON projects include The University of Alabama’s Tutwiler Residence Hall, UA Bryce Main renovations and Performing Arts Academic Center, Highlands College, Trussville Entertainment District, Mountain Brook Junior High School, multiple projects with Jefferson County Schools, and other educational, senior care, medical, commercial, and church projects.