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AIA East Tennessee Design Awards

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
  • Craftsmanship 
  • Sustainability
  • 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:

Cafeteria at the Morrison PreK-8 School

East Tennessee Children's Hospital Lobby and Waiting Area by BARBER McMURRY architects










Additionally, one honor award and two awards of excellence were given this year. All were named to projects completed by UT alumni. 

Barrier Island House by Sanders Space Architecture, LLCKnoxville Station Transit Center, Intermodal Associate Architects, Bullock Smith & Partners, and McCarty Holsaple McCartyThree Rivers Market by Studio Four

Images and content provided by Kelly L. Headden, AIA, President of AIA East Tennessee. 


Memento Vivere: UT Student Explores Italy's Architecture Through Summer Mini-Term

Christina Lulich, an architecture student of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, embarked on a tour of Italy this May through the College's mini-term course, "Photographing Florence." The nearly two-week adventure explored Florence, Rome, and Siena under the direction of lecturer Diane Fox

Describing the activities of the program, Fox said, "the course focused on the basic functions of the camera, relationships between photographer and subject, motion, composition and framing, point of view, and exposing for light and shadow."

She adds: "Could there be a more inspirational environment to begin the process of looking through the lens then Italy?"

Lulich seems to agree. Her beautifully written blog, Memento Vivere, shares some of her experiences as a student of the UT travel abroad program. Here she allows the College of Architecture and Design to share one of her many adventures - her visit to Rome. 

Christina Lulich, May 26, 2012:

Another early morning and long day of walking. We were eating breakfast downstairs by 7:30 and headed to the Colosseum less than an hour later. As our bus neared the Colosseum, I began to recognize places I’d learned about in my architecture history class this past semester, scattered amongst the ruins. I recognized the Temple of Saturn instantly, although I had forgotten it was even located in Rome. The Column of Trajan was easy to spot, but I’d already seen it the day before. The Arch of Constantine was noticeable from afar as well as the Colosseum next to it. When we later walked through the Roman Forum, I recognized the Basilica of Maxentius. The ability to recognize the ruins on the spot and remember some of their significance was amazing. My heart skipped a couple beats from just being in their presence and walking on the same ground that Romans walked during Jesus’s time.

The textures in the Colosseum struck me most. The brick, almost two thousand years old, was worn and weathered, cracking, chipped or broken. The structure was filled with rich stories of nautical battles, gladiator games, sweat beading down the faces of the spectators, death, entertainment, thievery, decay, deterioration, preservation, and education. The Colosseum walls are filled with large indentations and gaps where marble or other adornments were stolen or just relocated for other use. Much of the marble that embellished its structure was reused in the Vatican and in the homes of wealthy families. I mentally replaced what was stolen, laid wood flooring above the originally underground tunnels on the stadium’s bottom level, and filled the floor with sand. I unrolled canvas above parts of the stadium that received the most light from the sweltering sun above, and the crowds cheered around me.
The Roman Forum was similarly provoking, although everything there was in a further state of decay than the Colosseum. Seeing the ruins in person was awesome and hardly describable. There were broken pieces of marble columns scattered about the landscape, their details so worn that many edges were completely smooth. The Temple of Saturn was so much more real than the photos on my history flashcards. I realized as I studied the Forum that when I memorized everything, nothing was real. Each building was a figment of the past, a memory. When I stood in its presence, it was real. Walking through the Forum, we passed the Arch of Titus, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Basilica of Maxentius, the Temple of Venus, and the Temple of Saturn, among other ruins I didn’t recognize.
Me and Emily at the Pantheon
From the Roman Forum, we walked to the Pantheon, stopping for lunch on the way. We walked past one of Mussolini’s homes and saw the balcony from which he gave the famous speech that brought Italy into World War 2.
The Pantheon was even more moving to me than anything else I’d seen that day. After having used the Pantheon as a sort of minor precedent for my final studio design this semester, there was much to gain from seeing it in person. It felt nothing like I could have imagined from the photos. The interior space was large and circular, the dome wide and tall. The oculus seemed disproportionately large. The square coffers in the dome started large at the dome’s base and gradually became smaller as they neared the huge oculus at the top. I’d never seen coffers so large. I can’t explain why the space was so awesome to stand in, but all I could think of throughout the experience was how badly I wanted to attend service there. My experience in the Pantheon remains superseded only by my experience walking within the Duomo dome. 
We passed through Piazza Navona briefly before heading back to the bus. The four hour bus ride back was a much needed break for my feet, which were blistering and cramping from walking for two days straight. My experience in Rome was incredible, but I will definitely have to return in the future. Two days is just not enough time to experience all that Rome has to offer.

Arch of Constantine


  Temple of Saturn Roman Forum
Column Ruins of Roman Forum
 PantheonPantheon coffering and oculus Pantheon Interior; Raphael's Tomb is in One of the ApsesInteresting Porch Space in Rome  Basilica of Maxentius


Relevance Starts Here: A Path Towards Student Loan Exemption

Brent Castro, recent graduate of the UT, Knoxville, School of Architecture, is the National Vice President Elect of the American Institute of Architecture Students

By Brent Castro -- Throughout my years as an active member of the American Institute of Architecture Students, I have been truly humbled to be surrounded by hundreds of my peers within the academy who are doing more for their education by being a part of the AIAS than just focusing on the studio process. As collective group, we are allowing the AIAS to become a part of our learning processes. 

I am proud to say that the AIAS is not just resume filler for our members. Instead we are using it as a catalyst for growth as designers and stewards of the built environment. By being strong leaders we communicate a vision of diligent service to causes outside ourselves. Such leadership, if practiced correctly will positively affect our culture and the communities that we will live and work within.

I don’t doubt that a few of us initially dreamt of becoming world renowned architects. However, over time my personal definition of renowned has changed. There is a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stating, "Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service." The imperative actor service is why this organization stands and it is why we are here. The AIAS will always be here to serve this student population by acting as a strong voice for members as they in turn are voices speaking out on behalf of their student bodies and communities.


The organizations commitment to introspection has allowed us to continually check the actions that we take–making sure that they serve this student population to the fullest. The AIAS is not accustomed to stagnation. We move, we change, we improve and these actions are imperative. The architects and scholars we idolize would not have us simply continue accepting the norm in regards to our work. They would have us question our moves and further those arguments. The same principle applies to our organization.


I am well informed about the great challenges that our profession faces domestically and across the world, therefore I feel strongly this is a pivotal time for furthering our objectives and taking intelligent, well informed steps forward with Freedom by Design, civic engagement, advocacy and greater involvement with the profession and

our own education. We must remain a strong and relevant resource for our members as students and emerging professionals. These objectives are essential for the AIAS to become more relevant as a national

organization in addition to fostering and sustaining connections within the global design community.


What does relevance mean for architecture students? We live in a world of economic angst, social inequality, and joblessness, all overshadowed by the threat of ecological demise. Our politicians find difficulty in reaching consensus while our dependency on oil remains headstrong and all the while graduates struggle to begin careers. We are all but immune to recurring words like “recession” and “disaster”. In this context our creative and analytical education and passion for the world we build for future generations make architecture students particularly relevant.


Relevance comes naturally to members of the AIAS: we are leaders within our schools, examples in our communities and voices in a global level that can -- and have -- made difference. - Nick Mancusi and Laura Meador- CritBorderless 


These differences can be seen through thecharge to mandate paid internships for students and through the continued support of the AIAS’s initiated studio culture movement where living documents outline the path towards a successful studio environment between students and their educators.


As we all know, students are faced with ever-increasing tuition rates for our education and because of this a major priority of the American Institute of Architecture Students this year has been the pursuit of Student Loan Forgiveness and rallying the support of our endeavor to expand our advocacy efforts. We have reached out to our collateral partners [AIA, ACSA, NCARB and NAAB] and have asked for their support with much success. The federal loan exemptions/deferment already exists for graduates of law, medicine and education and it is a great injustice towards our profession and to our graduating students that this option is not available to those of whom want to join the military, work for anon-profit or practice in a pro-bono manner.


Federal student loan forgiveness is an obvious answer to many of the challenges our profession and economic future faces. AIA President Jeffrey Potter, FAIA, is onboard to help advocate within the national government and commended these efforts and foresight.


As you all know, The AIAS represents the collective voice of architecture students. AIAS members have expressed a desire to use their voice to make a difference, and to be more relevant. In response, the AIAS Board of Directors has initiated an Advocacy taskforce. Our pursuit of the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness is a multiple-year process that requires assistance from all students of architecture.


To make a solid case to US legislators, the AIAS needs qualitative and quantitative data. The AIAS will produce a video that shows the importance of Architects to society.



We need your help! Please submit a short1-2 minute video of yourself answering the following three questions:

§  What is an Architect?

§  Why do Architects matter?

§  Describe a world without Architects. 

Please upload your video here: www.aias.org/videoupload. Please include a cover sheet with your name, chapter name, and year in school.


This is your chance to use your voice and be more relevant as an architecture student. Use this opportunity to help us shape a better future for you. Together, we can show this country our passion for architecture and service to those affected by the built environment. To move forward we have to be able give back. If we continue to be critical of the norm while never staying stagnant in our efforts we will see success.


Originally printed in stud. magazine, vol. II, ed. III. May 2012. A publication of the AIAS Chapter of the UT, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design. 


Sustainable Design: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, New Norris House in Twenty Slides

Twice a year, the Office of the Provost hosts a  Mic/Nite, a “Pecha-Kucha Powered” social gathering focusing on the work of UT faculty and staff.

Architecture professors Tricia Stuth and Robert French tackle two-years of research in 20 slides. Here is "New Norris House - A Sustainable Dwelling in the 21st Century."


Student Portfolios Published in Acclaimed Reference Book

Design students of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are featured in Harold Linton's Portfolio Design.

According to the publisher's website, Portfolio Design "has been the standard reference for students and young professionals in architecture, urban planning, landscape, and interior design who want to make the best impression possible in their applications for undergraduate and graduate school admissions, design grants, competitions, or in a job interview."

Said Diane Fox, lecturer of the UT College of Architecture and Design, who has taught the college's presentation design class for many years: "Harold Linton's Portfolio Design has been the standard reference for students and professionals in architecture, urban planning, landscape, and interior design for over a decade."

"Now, with the fourth edition, the book will be out at the end of April and includes several portfolios from the College of Architecture and Design's Presentation Design class."

Some pages of the book are available fore viewing, see here. Of particular note is UT School of Architecture student Micheal Clapp, who's portfolio is featured at the end of this sampling. 

For more information, or to purchase the book, please visit here


By: Kiki Roeder, Communications and Outreach, the UT College of Architecture and Design


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/.


C O N T A C T :

Image Rights: Andrew Ruff and Caitlin Turski

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713 or 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


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


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.