College of Architecture and Design News

Students, Faculty to Continue Design-Build Projects in Haiti During May Trip

Students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Design head to Haiti next week to continue work on design-build projects, including a guidebook that will address the urgent need for adequate building standards in the country. The book, LIFEHouse, will emphasize the lesser-known relationship between housing design and disease prevention. The UT Haiti Project team will be in the country May 29 to June 1.

Students Design, Build Better Access to Home of Woman with Medical Needs

Student Brice Holmes constructs the deck of Barbara Beilke's home.

UT architecture students are designing and building front and back entrances to the home of a Knoxville woman with medical needs. They expect to complete the project by Friday, May 16. The home of Barbara Beilke is the third project of UT’s Freedom by Design, a student service organization that is part of the American Institute of Architecture Students. The group’s goal is to use students’ architecture and design talents to improve the homes of people in their local community.

Urban Design Leader Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

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Philip Enquist, partner in charge of urban design and planning and leader of the City Design Practice at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, has been named the sixteenth UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill is one of the world’s leading urban planning, architecture, and engineering firms. Enquist and a select research team will serve as Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments.

Students Win EPA Sustainable Design Challenge

A group of UT students and faculty has won the second phase of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability. Their project will receive up to $90,000 in grant funding to turn the designs into real-world applications and implement them in the marketplace.

Provost’s Office Working on “S” Designation for Service-Learning Courses

The Provost’s Service-Learning Office is working on a plan to give an “S” designation to approved courses with a service-learning component. The application process was piloted this spring by nine faculty members, each representing a different college. The university already has many courses that employ service-learning, and the service-learning office is developing mechanisms to enhance the support and recognition of faculty who do this work.

Landscape Architecture Student Named to National Board

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Graduate student Cameron Rodman has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects as the 2014-2015 national student representative. Rodman will serve as the liaison between landscape architecture students, ASLA student chapters, and the organization’s leadership. His role is to foster a positive relationship between students and professionals who share a mutual passion and enthusiasm for landscape architecture.

Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching at Honors Banquet

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At last week’s Honor’s Banquet, several faculty members were recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. The recipents were Mark Dekay, an associate professor of architecture; Lois Presser, an associate professor of sociology; Andrew Sherfy, a lecturer in biosystems engineering and soil science; and Brian Stevens, a lecturer in statistics, operations, and management science.

Commencements Feature Notable Speakers, Including Pulitzer Winner

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Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Noble Wilford will receive an honorary doctorate during this semester’s commencement ceremonies. Wilford, a 1955 journalism graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate of letters and science at the College of Communication and Information ceremony on May 7. He headlines the list of accomplished speakers at this spring’s college ceremonies, which begin May 7 and run through May 10. More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

Students to Compete in EPA Design Challenge in Washington, DC

From left, architecture students Paul Attea, Sherif Sugiyama, Wilson Kessel, Noah Poor and Tyler Rasnake.

UT students head to Washington, DC, this week to compete in the second phase of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability. The projects will be exhibited on the National Mall April 25–27 as part of the National Sustainable Design Expo. Winners will receive up to $90,000 in grant funding to turn their designs into real-world applications and implement them in the marketplace.