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Recent UT Architecture Graduates Receive International Attention for Design Work

Recent graduates of the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Caitlin Turski and Andrew Ruff (2011) received an honorable mention in the international call to design the AIDS Memorial Park in New York City. The pair, who recently founded the studio, NT21, competed against architects and planners from around the world.

The competition, in conjunction with Architizer and Architectural Record, was chaired by Michael Arad, the designer of the National September 11 Memorial. Its jurors, who included the chief curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art and the deputy editor for Architectural Record, selected the winning design, three runners-up, and 11 honorable mentions.

There were 475 entries submitted from across 26 U.S. states and 32 countries.

“We feel that our experience at the UT CoAD was the critical factor,” said Andrew Ruff. “Our professors, especially those who challenged us to discover our own artistic consciences, played a particularly special role in our development as designers.”

The competition’s goal was to produce design ideas for a memorial park to honor New York City’s 100,000-plus men, women and children who have died from AIDS. It hopes to also recognize the ongoing crisis.

Entries were evaluated based upon the proposed park’s functionality as a recreational space and its commemorative narrative.

“Our transition from the intensity of the academic studio into the realm of architectural speculation has been a natural evolution of our interests and modus operandi," said Ruff and Turski, jointly, of their preparation as designers. “The culture of our studio, in addition to close relationships developed with a wide range of faculty, created an incredible environment of experimental design and rigorous research.”

Turski and Ruff AIDS Memorial Design

The duo also recently claimed first prize in the alumni segment of the MAX_minimum Design Competition held annually by the UT College of Architecture and Design. Their work won over projects submitted by alumni from graduating classes ranging from 1978 to 2011.

Ruff received the Henry Adams American Institute of Architects Medal in 2011, an honor granted by AIA to the top ranking graduating students in each architecture program nationwide. Turski claimed the Certificate of Merit, tying as the second highest ranking student of the 2011 graduating class.

In addition to their design pursuits with NT21, Turski is presently pursuing a post-professional Master of Architecture at McGill University, with Ruff working as an intern architect in Atlanta at the large, international firm TVSDesign.

To learn more about the AIDS Memorial Design Competition, please visithttp://aidsmemorialpark.org/.

Turksi and Ruff’s entry may be seen above, or at their website, http://www.nt21studio.com/.


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Image Rights: Andrew Ruff and Caitlin Turski

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713 or kroeder@utk.edu)


UT Architecture and Design Faculty Spotlight: Diane Fox 

February has been a month of note for Diane Fox, lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design. Fox has received recent successes with her photographic work, placing second in the San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, as well as landing prominent features in the magazine, Exposure, produced by the Society of Photographic Educators’. Fox's work is currently on the cover and in a feature article of the magazine.

Fox joined the College of Architecture and Design as a lecturer in 1998. She serves as the primary graphic design and architectural photography instructor of the College. 

Fox's work has been exhibited around the globe, including in Los Angeles, California, Florence, Italy, Torun, Poland, and New York, New York. Her placing photograph of the aforementioned competition, "Birds, Florence, Italy" (below), will be on display in San Francisco this March.

"Birds, Florence, Italy," chosen from hundreds of images submitted from around the world, was shot in La Specola, a natural history museum in Florence, Italy. It belongs as part of Fox's  recent photography series, UnNatural History. This work explores the objectification of nature, as exhibited in museums, framed through the television, or seen behind the glass of the zoo. 

Fox earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1992, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University.

Her work as an instructor of the College of Architecture and Design has shaped students' understanding of graphic design, typography, presentation, identity systems, and photography. She has actively been a part of the College's mission to offer students cultural and study abroad experiences through her mini-term class, Photographing Florence. Here she exposes a handful of UT students to the beauty and shapes of Florence, Italy, through the lens of the camera.

To learn more about Diane Fox, please visit her research page, or see her website at http://www.dianefoxphotography.com/


UT Architecture Professors' Housing Project Featured in Dwell Magazine

KNOXVILLE—The design of two homes and the preservation of another in Old North Knoxville by two University of Tennessee professors have drawn the attention of an international architecture and design publication.

The houses are featured in "Spirt of the South" found in the March edition of Dwell, which hit newsstands February 1. They are the work of Ted Shelton and Tricia Stuth, assistant professor and associate professor, respectively, in the UT College of Architecture and Design.

The husband-wife team took an inexpensive approach to crafting contemporary, sleek interiors with exteriors that complement the character of the early twentieth century neighborhood where they live.

The project began in 2006 when Shelton and Stuth purchased a home in the historic neighborhood two miles outside of downtown. After researching the property, they discovered it had once contained three nearly identical houses. It inspired them to begin a design project to unite the architectural heritage of Knoxville with contemporary design, as well as re-establish the historic street pattern and density of the area.

The two new houses were built in the spirit of the original, 100-year-old structure that the couple initially purchased, preserved, and in which they presently live. The entire project, called “Ghost Houses” because they are reminiscent of houses that once stood in their place, meets Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.

“The Ghost Houses provide a valuable lesson for us all,” said Scott Wall, UT director of architecture. “They resurrect the essential qualities of a sustainable community in three moves: subdivide, conserve, and build simply.”

Shelton and Stuth also used inexpensive materials like coated plywood, laminated oak intended for the beds of tractor trailers, white drywall, and polished concrete floors for the interior spaces. Reflecting and glowing with light, the homes’ interiors have an open floor plan, where rooms and levels flow together.

The Ghost Houses have won numerous awards throughout the project’s development, including the 2010 East Tennessee American Institute of Architects Honor Citation and the 2009 Award of Excellence by AIA Tennessee. Articles on the project also have been published in Forward, a national journal of the American Institute of Architects, and the Journal of Architectural Education.

Shelton and Stuth are co-founders of Knoxville-based architecture firm, curb, http://www.curb.cc. More information about the Ghost Houses and other projects by the faculty team can be found on the firm’s website.

C O N T A C T S:

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713, kroeder@utk.edu)


UT Solar-Powered House Moving to Nashville as Exhibition

KNOXVILLE—Living Light, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s solar-powered house, is moving to Nashville as part of a multi-city tour of the state.

The 750-square-foot home will be featured at the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Efficiency Forum February 21—22. The Living Light house will then be on display at Centennial Park from February 29 to April 1.

The house will be open for public tours from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on most Fridays and from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Living Light placed eighth overall in the US Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon, an international competition in which collegiate teams design, build, and run energy-efficient, solar-powered homes.

The home showcases how solar technology can maximize energy efficiency and sustainability. It also demonstrates how thoughtful design and technology can be used to create greater efficiencies in homes and businesses.

Watch a video on the Tennessee Tour of Living Light:


“We are using the Living Light house as way to directly demonstrate to Tennesseans how to build or retrofit buildings to create sustainable buildings that create energy savings,” said Edgar Stach, professor at UT’s College of Architecture and Design.

Additional educational events about the project are being held in conjunction with tours of the home, as listed below. For more information and updates, click here.

February 23: Urban Design Forum; Nashville Civic Design Center, 38 Second Avenue North, #106, Nashville; 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.; UT architecture professor Edgar Stach, a lead faculty member for Living Light, will provide an overview of the project. Renderings and a model of the house also will be on display.

February 29: Living Light House opening reception; Centennial Park, 2600 W. End Ave, Nashville; 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

March 23: Luncheon with the US Green Building Council, Middle Tennessee Chapter; Adventure Science Center, 800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; James Rose, LEED AP, will give a case study of the Living Light project.

Living Light was completed by the UT College of Architecture and Design in collaboration with nine UT academic disciplines, including engineering and business. Its transformation to an educational exhibition through the Tennessee Tour is a joint effort of the UT College of Architecture and Design and UT Extension, the outreach unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Collaborators include TVA and other corporate and alumni partners.

C O N T A C T:

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713, kroeder@utk.edu)


Architecture Alumnus Returns to UT, Knoxville, with Exhibition at Gallery 103

Justin Brown, class of 2002, is slated to visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design next Monday at 5:45 p.m. to discuss his exhibit, "Bookmatch or Slipmatch,"  which will be on display from February 20 - March 09 in Gallery 103 of the Art + Architecture Building.

The exhibition will feature handcrafted products that demonstrate Brown, and his collaborative partner, Brian Green's dedication to woodworking, handcrafted design, and use of natural materials. 

Brown's visit from Birmingham, Alabama, where he and Green have a product design company, offers students, faculty, and visitors insights into his firm's processes for the design and manufacture of useful, everyday objects, and furniture.  Examples of the duo's work may be seen at http://brownandgreen.us.

"Bookmatch or Slipmatch" is a part of the Spring 2011-12 Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series, an annual event that presents notable practitioners, from around the globe, who offer unique perspectives found in contemporary architecture and design practice.

Additional information about the Church Lecture Series may be learned at http://www.arch.utk.edu/lecture_series/current_church.shtml


Students See Designs Realized in Haiti Project


UT, Knoxville, Alumnus Named Fellow of American Institute of Architects

Alumnus Keith Boswell, class of 1980, was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. This is a major professional recognition for architects.

This honor is only granted to those, according to AIA, "who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level while achieving a standard level of excellence." Nomination categories range from promoted aesthetic and practical excellence to advancement of living standards through architectural practice to using the profession as a vehicle to serve society.

Boswell is one of only 105 members elevated to this honor this year. Of the 80,000 members who account for AIA, world-wide, only about 3,000 have been distinguished with a fellowship or honorary fellowship. 

Boswell graduated with his bachelor of architecture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is now the technical director of architecture at the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM), one of the largest architecture firms in the world. 

Through his career, Boswell has completed technically complex building systems around the world, principally in Asia. His expertise includes museums, government projects, international and domestic airport terminals, and high-rise office buildings. 

He has brought his depth of professional experience and knowledge to the UT, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design, where he has served on its advisory board for many years. In this role, Boswell has actively voiced to the college community about trends in research and professional practice found in architecture and related fields. 

To learn more about happenings at the UT, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design, please visit our news page at http://www.arch.utk.edu/news/index.shtml



Student Shares the Merit of Study Abroad at UT Architecture and Design

Written by Sam Barringer, graduate student in the School of Architecture, and recipient of a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Spring semester marks the time of the year when many students are getting geared up to study abroad.

Whether they are going away for a full semester in places like Weimar, Germany or Krakow, Poland, preparing to get their ‘sauna on’ this summer in Finland, training for the central European blitz tour with Matt Hall and Hansjoerg Goeritz, or getting their cameras ready to shoot up Florence, Italy with Diane Fox, one thing is absolutely certain - many students are getting ready to have the time of their lives!

Having studied a semester in Weimar myself, people ask me all the time what is the importance of studying abroad. I have to say that, even though I greatly value the architectural education I received at the Bauhaus, the personal education and life experiences are the whole reason for anyone to go. Spending a few weeks to a few months in a new place will change anyone’s life.

There is no doubt that I will never forget listening to Alberto Campo Baeza relate architecture to Halle Berry for a week, but I will also never forget taking a train to Berlin to photograph my site, driving into France to lay in the park and play frisbee with a Pringles' top, the bus ride through the Black Forest to visit Zaha Hadid's fire-station, or helping some German students photograph a mini-fridge. Not only will students experience things that are impossible from Tennessee, but every student will have their own unique stories to tell and have their own personal education.

So if you are considering studying abroad... DON”T HESITATE A SECOND! And if you are considering contributing to the College of Architecture and Design, I guarantee helping students study abroad will change their lives forever!


Images from Sam's time abroad:


To explore the exciting programs offered at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design, including trips to Florence, Italy, Central Europe, and Asia and China, please visit, http://www.arch.utk.edu/Special_Programs/studyabroad.shtml


i-spy t.a.a.s.t. week 2012

T.A.A.S.T. - The All College Annual Spring Thing is back! This year the Theme is I-Spy and was inspired by the poster design of 5th year Architecture student Daniel Olbeerding. 

What T.A.A.S.T. Means to Students

        For students in the College of Architecture and Design, TAAST week is something to look forward to each year.  Every spring, a committee of students puts together the week for students as a way to take a break from the mad rush of spring semester.  The event staples every year are Kick Ball and Beaux Arts Ball.  But this year, as in the year before, we are having a Design + Build event. As students, we rarely get to see our ideas and concepts brought to life.  With this event, we will get to complete the design process by building our idea. 


  •    i  -S P Y  :  look , observe , D I S C O V E R
    •  fun and lighthearted applications, yet also meaningful, and a phrase that is  very expressive of the design process
    •  “discovering the essential in the indefinite”
    •  In the  design process, we embark on numerous journeys into an ocean of ideas and possible solutions to find that one essential, definitive decision
    •  to spy,  observe,  discover,  behold


      3.3 Kickball- 11am, Cherokee Park

      3.4 Banner Hanging- 1pm Art and Architecture Building Atrium

            Architecture + Design Olympics: Paper Plane Throwing, Egg Drop, Thumb Tack Throwing- 1:30pm

      3.5 AIAS Variety Show- 7pm, Art and Architecture Building, Reading Room

      3.6 ASID Showcase- 6pm, Art and Architecture Building Atrium

      3.7 Beging of Design + Build- 11am, Art and Architecture Building near woodshop

             Lecture- 6pm Art and Architecture Building Rm 113 ( location subject to change)

      3.8 Design + Build continues- 1pm, Art and Architecture Building near woodshop

      3.9     Reveal of Design + Build - 5:45pm ( site to be announced)

      3.10   Beaux Arts Ball- 7 'til 11pm Latitude 35 Market Square


Alumni Welcome to Join us for all Events on 3.4, 3.6, 3.9, and 3.10


UT Partner, the Nashville Civic Design Center Premieres Documentary

Last week, the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC), a collaborative partner with the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  premiered its documentary film, Design Your Neighborhood.

Filmed over four-weeks in the  summer of 2011, the documentary highlights the learning of urban neighborhood teens as they explore topics of urban design,architecture, planning,and civic involvement. 

"The goal of the documentary is to promote design and civic engagement to high school students, both locally and nationally," wrote Gary Gaston, design director of NCDC. "The film is being submitted to the Nashville Film Festival, other film festivals across the country, and will also be sent to every high school in Tennessee."

The documentary was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant in the category of Design Innovation. It is but one of only 21 given in this category, and NCDC is the only non-profit in the south to receive an award.

To learn more about the Nashville Civic Design Center and the Design Your Neighborhood Project, please visit here