KNOXVILLE—An assistant professor of architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design.
His research explores the relationship between the US interstate highway system and American cities. He has analyzed the social, structural, and environmental impacts of highways in 200 US cities.
Shelton is creating design solutions that could potentially repurpose urban highway right-of-ways as networked landscapes. These efforts could aid the “greening” of American cities.
The Institute for Urban Design is noted as an authority in issues related to urban planning, design, and development. The international organization, based in New York City, presents symposia, events, and publications related to the field.
Shelton’s appointment follows his recent highlight in the international design publication, Dwell. The magazine’s March 2012 edition showcased Shelton’s project, the Ghost Houses, which featured three innovative homes restored and built in historic North Knoxville.
Shelton joined UT in 2004. He holds a bachelor of architecture from UT, a master’s in architecture from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s of philosophy in environmental design in architecture from the University of Cambridge.
As a UT student, he received the Torchbearer Award, the highest honor bestowed upon the university’s undergraduates.
In 2002, Shelton was a Fulbright Fellow in Estonia. He has received additional honors including the President’s Citation from the East Tennessee chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2008 and 2010. He also received a Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 2009.
Shelton is a partner and co-founder of the Knoxville-based architecture firm, curb, and a co-founder and principal in a collaborative practice known as Applied Research.
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