UT Architect Named Distinguished Professor (185)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A University of Tennessee architecture professor has received a national honor for his leadership in designing the Chattanooga cityscape.

Stroud Watson of UT-Knoxville’s College of Architecture and Planning is one of five professors in North America named a distinguished professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

 Watson has directed the Urban Design Studio in Chattanooga since 1984.

 “This prestigious award recognizes the work of Professor Watson, particularly his contributions in the Urban Design Studio,” Marleen Davis, dean of the college, said. “Over the years, he has combined an intense commitment to teaching undergraduates with a strong agenda of creative work and research as a meaningful community service.”

 Davis said Watson has acted as the design conscience of Chattanooga since his first visit there in 1982. Many of the ideas he and his students have advanced have resulted in rejuvenation of public spaces in the city, she said.

 Among the center’s projects were Miller Plaza in the city center and the development of Broad Street.

Chattanooga has been identified as a national experimental site of the Presidential Commission on Sustainability, Davis said.

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 Contact: Marleen Davis (423-974-5267)