William E. Mims, Principal with MIMS architecture plc, has been a Registered Architect since 1974, and has currently active licenses to practice in 15 states in the United States. During his years of practice, Mims has sought to better understand and apply the design and planning principles of Frank Lloyd Wright, while striving to produce his own original and unique designs. Much of his work reflects characteristics and aesthetics learned from the work done of Taliesin Architects and Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1998, Mims was honored to be featured in a cover article for Interiors and Sources magazine, as a result of his role at Taliesin. Mims has been associated with the Taliesin Fellowship and Taliesin Architects since 1963 when he joined the firm as a student apprentice. Since that time, he has assisted them with numerous projects, including many original FLLW designs and for many years officially represented them in the Southeastern part of the United States. He has completed over a thousand design and planning projects under his own name, in addition to the numerous projects for Taliesin Architects.
He has lived and worked in the Nashville area since 1976 and has been registered in Tennessee since 1974. During this time he has been involved in a construction business, an interior design and facilities management company, in addition to his professional practice and association with Taliesin Architects and The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, where he served for several years as an Adjunct Faculty member.
Elke Vormfelde-Combs, a Chicago native, has been with MIMS architecture since 2001 and holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master’s of Architecture from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
Prior to joining MIMS architecture, Elke was a Designer and Project Manager for Taliesin Architects in Scottsdale, AZ. She also was Special Assistant to the President/CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Assistant VP of Facilities from 1997-2002. In addition, Elke served as a Trustee from 1998-2002 for both the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Taliesin Preservation Commission. During her 12 years associated with Taliesin Architects and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Elke worked on and managed numerous projects, including several unbuilt FLLW designs as well as the Historic Preservation of Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, WI and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ.
Since joining MIMS architecture, Elke has been involved with the design and project management of over 50 projects including several religious, educational, hospitality and custom residential projects throughout the country.