Our Team


Ann Gray

exectuive director

Ann Gray has been a Professional Preservationist for more than 30 years serving in both private and public positions.

Under her leadership, Cornerstones has raised and invested over $8 million into saving downtown historic properties and has seen a return on this investment of approximately $32 million.

She holds two undergraduate degrees:  History and Sociology and a Master degree in History with an emphasis in Historic Preservation.  She sits on the Tennessee Historical Commission Board of Design Review for National Register properties, Tennessee State Library & Archives Friends Board, and formerly served on the Tennessee Preservation Trust Board of Directors. She serves on South Pittsburg’s Historic House Tour Committee (her hometown and home of the annual National Cornbread Festival).  She teaches History at Chattanooga State.


Andy Smith

Professor in Residence

Andrew Smith, AIA, has directed a local architectural firm for the past 35 years and has served as an educator at the secondary and university levels for more than 25 years.
The future of historic preservation requires a commitment to an inclusive, national agenda for change. Preservation professionals must acknowledge that in our rich, diverse national culture, the responsibility for identifying our future national treasures must rely on a consensus of many, not solely upon the rules of a few.