Joshua Cooper has been driven by the arts since his earliest years. Determined to hone his craft, he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he joined an artist community and contemporary art facility, which helped him become a skilled woodworker. Upon returning to Nashville he made it his goal to create a similar environment for artists in his hometown. Joining forces with longtime friend Ryan Schemmel, Josh took the role as co-owner of Fort Houston where he has since found himself guiding the aesthetic and creative direction of the space. When Josh is away from Fort Houston, you can find him in his workshop at Urban Outfitters Nashville where he is the store’s head display artist.
Ryan Schemmel has spent most his life involved in the Nashville music scene. After traveling around a bit for school and post-college adventures, he returned to Nashville and found that he and Josh Cooper were both inspired by the same things: boredom and opportunity. They wanted to take their inspirations from time spent elsewhere and apply them to Nashville. In 2011, noticing a void between makers and opportunity, he started Fort Houston. He now spearheads new business opportunity and business operations.
DIRECTOR OF THE ARTS
Zach Duensing went to school for fine art, specifically sculpture. This experienced, contrary to all prediction, has come in quite handy as co-founder and Director of the Arts at Fort Houston. He currently divides his time maddeningly between too many unfinished creative projects. Some day against all odds he will die.
DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING AND PROTOTYPING
As a Nashville Native, Brent Jackson grew up around the music industry just like many others. He spent several years playing, recording, and touring with bands, and has started and ran two music venues. A few years after opening a motorbike co-working space, he began consulting for a local electric scooter company. This lead to a fascination with technology that inspired him to return to College to get a degree in Electro-mechanical Engineering. He is now the Chief Science Officer of the rapid prototyping company Research & Destroy Inc. where he focuses on 3D design, scanning and printing, along with creating custom electronics for clients.