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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. 


UT Alumna Named to American Society of Interior Designers College of Fellows

BJ Miller ('85) has been inducted into the American Society of Interior Designers College of Fellows. She is one of four to receive this achievement, the organization's highest honor. 

The title of Fellow is given in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the Society, the profession, and the interior design industry.

The 2012 Class of Fellows will be honored on June 11, 2012 at the Society’s annual awards ceremony held at NeoCon. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design will also be hosting an alumni reception at NeoCon that evening. 

Miller has been an active member of the UTKCoAD community for many years. She is a lecturer in the UT Interior Design Program, as well as the coordinator of its Designing for Health and Wellness Lecture Series. Her service as a member and leader of the College's Board of Advisors has been influential in promoting excellence in interior design practice at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

For more than 25 years, BJ Miller has been promoting the profession of interior design through her practice, service to ASID, and academic endeavors. Founder and president of The Vision Group Studiosand founder and managing partner of Urban Redevelopment Alliance in east Tennessee, Miller’s work centers on outcome-based, human-centric design goals. Her practice focuses on promoting ageless living and creating generative space in the development, design and identity of senior living and health environments. To engage others in her design philosophy, she developed a graduate program with a concentration in health design through the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design and created a multidisciplinary course on designing environments for health.

By Kiki Roeder 


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. 

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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. 


C O N T A C T:

Kiki Roeder, kroeder@utk.edu

Photos provided by John McRae, and the AIA East Tennessee


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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