College of Architecture and Design News

Honorary Degree Awarded to Interior Design Alumna, Gensler Exec

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For Robin Klehr Avia—now regional managing principal of one of the world’s leading architectural firms—being on stage at the College of Architecture and Design commencement ceremony filled a gap missing from her life for forty years. Having missed her own graduation ceremony because of family issues, she finally walked the stage during the UT commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13, as she shook hands with Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine arts. More than 4,800 students graduated from the university’s eleven colleges and the Graduate School last week during four days of ceremonies and special events.

New Grad Earns UT Architecture Degree While Also Completing ROTC

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Studying architecture is demanding. Studying architecture while being in the ROTC is—pun intended—a military regimen. Brice Holmes, of Lacassas, Tennessee, graduates today from the College of Architecture and Design. He is also being commissioned as an officer in the student ROTC program.

Waldheim to Discuss Landscape Urbanism April 18

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The College of Architecture and Design will host Charles Waldheim, director of the Office for Urbanism and the John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 18.