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Architect and Artist David Burns Kicks-Off Lecture Series with Gallery Talk and Exhibition

The Spring 2012 Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series begins tomorrow, January 18 with a gallery talk and opening exhibition with David Burns.

Burns' exhibition, “Partial Architectures” will be on display until February 17. 

Burns will be giving a short talk in room 113 at 5:30 p.m. prior to the opening of the exhibit in Gallery 103, located in the Reading Room of the UT Art + Architecture Building.

Burns is an architect and artist. He creates objects and spaces that manipulate perception through designed indeterminacy. Common to each project is a layering of materials or patterns yielding unexpected results; a simulation of complexity through simple repetition. 

Born in Tennessee in 1972 and educated at Columbia University (MSAAD 2000) and the University of Tennessee (BArch 1996), Burns has worked at leading design offices and institutions in the United States. These include Asymptote Architecture, the Guggenheim Museum and Carnegie Mellon University.

Since 2001, he has taught at universities in the United States and Australia in schools of design, art and architecture. Burns is currently the Director of Photography and Situated Media at the University of Technology, Sydney. 

In 2010, Burns  co-founded the curatorial collective "N" with frequent collaborators Samantha Spurr and Adrian Lahoud. Recent N projects include "Networks of surrender," the Sydney contribution to the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale and "How to be a good witness", the Australian contribution to the Architecture Section of the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.

Recent exhibitions also include "Co-isolated" with Richard Goodwin and Michael Snape, Sydney, 2010; "Triptych 01," Sydney, 2009; the Australian Architecture Association Annual Show, Customs House Sydney, 2009; "Abundant Australia," Australian Pavilion, 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale; and "Architectural Laboratories," American Pavilion, 2000 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is excited to welcome David Burns to its campus and to feature his work for the next month. 

To learn more about Burns, please visit his website, http://burnsdavid.com/

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University of Tennessee solar-powered house, Living Light, featured on ESPNU Academic Special

This past week, Living Light was featured on ESPNU as a part of their SEC Academic Special.

Living Light was the sole project chosen to represent the University of Tennessee in this feature. We should are so proud of the students and faculty who helped make this possible!

The segment will re-air on January 21, but we have been given access to the video content for use and viewing. Check out the video:

Living Light is a functioning energy-efficient, solar-powered house that competed in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon on the Mall in Washington, D.C. 

The house placed eighth overall in the competition, and earned commendable, high-standing marks in the fields of architecture, energy-efficient appliances, and engineering.It also tied for first place in the Energy Balance Contest, garnering perfect marks for achieving a net-zero energy balance throughout the competition. 

Living Light since its return from the Solar Decathlon has transformed into a traveling educational exhibition called the Tennessee Tour. The mobile classroom seeks to inform people about the values and technologies of sustainable building and design.


Students and Faculty Provide Incredible Images From Study Abroad Experiences 

This year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design hosted its first ever Travel Sketch + Photography Competition.

Documenting student and faculty work from across the college's three disciplines, the competition resulted in complex and inspiring imagery detailing experiences from many of the college's study abroad programs

Here is a slideshow of the work submitted to the competition:


New Endowment Inspired by Architecture Alumnus Creates Opportunities to Recruit Outstanding Faculty

Motivated by her son's passion and tenacity, Libba Wall (UTK ’59) honored James “Jimmy” Dudley (UTK Architecture ’86), as well as faculty and students of the College of Architecture and Design by establishing an endowment  through the Chancellor's Faculty Salary Support Challenge.

“This gift honors the compassion and capabilities of great faculty, who foster a spirit of curiosity among students, " said Scott Wall, director of architecture. "There is nothing else remotely like this in the school." 

Full details about the gift and how it will impact the UT, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design are available here.


UT School of Architecture Faculty and Alumni Receive AIA East Tennessee Awards

KNOXVILLE--The evening of October 25 marked the announcement of several awards by the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to UT faculty and alumni. The below details the design achievements of nearly twenty members of the School of Architecture community who won awards over five categories. 

2011 Merit Award Winner: West Jackson Workshops

The West Jackson Workshops were completed by John Sanders and Brandon Pace, lecturers of the UT School of Architecture, and principals of the Knoxville firm, Sanders Pace Architecture, LLC



2011 Merit Award Winner:
New South Elementary and Middle School

Produced by Cockrill Design & Planning, the project was created by several alumni including David Cockrill and Margaret Butler, as well as faculty members, Jennifer Akerman and Sean Martin. 



2011 Honor Citation Winner: O'Dell Residence

Designed by a faculty team, including Brian Ambroziak, Tricia Stuth, Katherine Ambroziak and Ted Shelton (and non-UT collaborators, Brad Raines and Daniel Jones), the O'Dell Residence is a project in Gates, Tennessee. 

2011 Honor Citation Winner: Ghost Houses, Phase I

Generated through the faculty team, Tricia Stuth and Ted Shelton, the Ghost Houses are three reconceptualized homes in historic North Knoxville. 


2011 Honor Citation Winner: A New Norris House

A fully integrative project of students and faculty of the College of Architecture and Design, the New Norris House, led by Tricia Stuth and Robert French of the School of Architecture, was completed in the summer of 2011. 


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Kiki Roeder, kroeder@utk.edu

Photos provided by John McRae, and the AIA East Tennessee


UT College of Architecture and Design to Host Open House for Prospective Students

KNOXVILLE— The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host its first ever college-wide open house on Friday, Nov. 11.

The all-day event, which is during the same weekend as UT's open house, will give prospective students the opportunity to discover the college’s programs in interior design, landscape architecture and architecture, which ranks among the top 20 architecture programs in the nation. 

Participants are encouraged to register by Nov. 4.

Current students and faculty will meet with potential students from universities and high schools from across the country to explain the integrative, hands-on learning experience unique to the college’s programs.

"Working side by side with professors and non-faculty architect practitioners, students are learning to communicate the value of design, to explain technical and aesthetic decisions, and to establish trust between the design professions, community members, and partners from industry," said College of Architecture and Design Dean Scott Poole. "Discoveries emerging from our innovative research projects are beginning to have technological, environmental and social impacts, making their way into the everyday lives of people throughout our region and beyond."

Open house activities will occur in the award-winning UT Art and Architecture Building and will include presentations by faculty, tours of its facilities and opportunities for discussions with student leaders and program chairs. Visitors will also explore the college’s multi-disciplinary, design-build projects, the New Norris House and Living Light, the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon House.

The day will close at the UT Downtown Gallery, located near the college’s downtown studio, a design space that allows students to learn and create within an urban setting.

The keynote speaker will be Jack Neely, a local historian and associate editor of Metro Pulse. He will share his experiences and information about the Knoxville community.

For more information about the open house, visit http://www.arch.utk.edu/Events/UT_OpenHouse_Nov11.html.


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Professor George Dodds Lectures at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Professor George Dodds, Interim Chair of the Graduate Program in Architecture at the UT College of Architecture and Design, lectured at the Harvard Graduate School of Design this past week as a part of their presentation, "The Core of Architecture’s Discourse Now: A New Generation of Scholar Critics Speak Out." 

This Archinect blog shares the highlights of the lecture and panel discussion, as Dodds and other nationally and internationally recognized scholars discuss theory and writing in architecture scholarship. 

Dodds, too, is featured first in the School's video of the event here:


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Landscape Architecture Students Win Tennessee Student ASLA Design Awards

KNOXVILLE -- Landscape Architecture students Nathan Oliver, Chris Chandler, Ezekiel Cooper and Valerie Friedmann are honored with Tennessee Student ASLA Design Awards.

Under the direction of studio instructor, Ken McCown, Oliver, Chandler and Cooper are commended for their efforts on a rehabilitation project of the Vulcan Materials site along the Tennessee River in the West Side District of Chattanooga. The three students transformed the project area into remediation wetlands from the existing gravel at the old site.

For "Vulcan Stormwater Park" (below),  the students won the Award of Excellence in the Student Awards General Design Category. Valerie Friedmann, too, placed in the Student Awards General Design Category, winning a Merit Award for her project, "Center City Park." Associate Professor Tracy Moir-McClean oversaw Friedmann's design studio. 

The students will accept their awards on October 21 at the Tennessee American Society of Landscape Architects Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. 


C O N T A C T:

Kiki Roeder, kroeder@utk.edu

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Discover how Rainwater Harvesting Works in the New Norris House

From the University of Tennessee New Norris House collaborator, BRAE, learn how rainwater harvesting plays an integral role in the water systems within and outside the College of Architecture and Design's innovative sustainable home. 


C O N T A C T:

Kiki Roeder, kroeder@utk.edu

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Research of UT Associate Professor Expands Net-Zero Energy and Sustainable Design Scholarship

Mark DeKay, an associate professor in architecture, is committed to advancing research on climatic and net-zero energy design issues and theoretical sustainable design thinking.  Recently, the work of the UT faculty member has been documented through two research achievements, the recent publication of his book, Integral Sustainable Design, Transformative Perspectives, and this month’s winning of the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) Upjohn Research Grant.

The AIA Upjohn Grant, a joint-effort with University of Oregon Professor G.Z. Brown, will develop a knowledge structure intended for bioclimatic design. A central principle of sustainable design, DeKay's bioclimatic design research is specifically targeted to help designers create better net-zero energy structures.

DeKay’s work is integrated into architecture and sustainable design curriculums at UT and beyond. His earlier book, Sun, Wind & Light has been used in over 60 schools across North America. The research for the Upjohn Grant will be tested by UT College of Architecture and Design students and developed for future applications for practitioners and scholars alike.  

The associate professor’s recent book, Integral Sustainable Design, Transformative Perspectives, explains practical and theoretical tools for more effective sustainable design solutions. “The ISD book takes the sustainable design subject, which has historically been all about technology and breaks open the field by laying out a framework with 16 different ways to look at sustainable design,” says DeKay.  “It honors the performance-based approach, but helps designers think about the sustainable design problem in new ways.”

To learn more about Mark DeKay, visit his research page.

DeKay’s book, Integral Sustainable Design, Transformative Perspectives is available through Earthscan here


C O N T A C T:

Kiki Roeder, kroeder@utk.edu