Every fall, the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee Chapter selects the top design projects completed by members of their community.
This year's awards were vetted by a jury composed of Dennis Cussack (SRG Partnership, Portland BNIM), Laura Lesniewski (Kansas City Bohlin Cywinski Jackson), David Murray (Philadelphia Coxe Group, Seattle), and Hugh Hockberg. They were charged in choosing projects based on five criteria:
- Functional innovation
- Community asset and context
- Clarity of design idea
Awards of merit were granted to eight projects, including to the renovation of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's most iconic building - Ayres Hall. The project, which after its completion was named the first LEED building on campus, was undertaken by Ross/Fowler, PC and Architects Weeks Ambrose McDonald, Inc.
Students and faculty of the UT College of Architecture and Design were also honored by AIAETN. Assistant Professor Katherine Ambroziak's Odd Fellows Cemetery and Potters Field Rehabilitation Project was given an award of merit.
Students named as contributors to the project team: Jason Stark, Kathryn Thompson Greer and Micah Antanaitis from the graduate architecture program; David Dalton from the graduate landscape architecture program; and Claire Craven and Michael Housely from the undergraduate architecture program. Faculty members Matt Hall and Brad Collett are also cited as contributing designers to the project - a master plan that focuses on the cemetery design of Potters Field and Odd Fellows. The project seeks to better integrate the community and landscape to the cemeteries .
Several merit winning projects were also completed by UT Architecture and Design alumni, including:
Additionally, one honor award and two awards of excellence were given this year. All were named to projects completed by UT alumni.
Images and content provided by Kelly L. Headden, AIA, President of AIA East Tennessee.