College of Architecture and Design News

College of Architecture and Design to Host Open House October 11

The College of Architecture and Design will host an open house on Friday, October 11. The event, from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m., will give prospective undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to learn about the college’s programs in interior design, landscape architecture, and architecture. Each program is accredited and is the highest ranked program of its kind in Tennessee.

Architecture Professors to Present on Solar House at Science Forum

Living Light, the solar house built for the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, will be the topic of the second Science Forum of the semester. Amy Howard, architect and director of development, and James Rose, adjunct assistant professor and interim director of the Institute for Smart Structures, will present “The UT Solar House—A Prototype for Zero-Energy Living,” on Friday, September 13.

What’s Your Big Idea: Food as a Designed Thing

Jennifer Akerman, adjunct assistant professor in architecture, has the idea to develop an “urban food corridor” in Knoxville. Her students have been going to various places to learn a variety of urban farming techniques. Local food growing is more sustainable than industrial food systems and processing.

UT Nursing Professors Aim to Prepare Appalachian Region for the Worst

In Clay County, Kentucky, flooding or ice frequently blocks access to emergency services. If a tornado hit the area, shelter would also be hard to find. A group of UT faculty members and students is trying to change this situation. Nursing professors in the Global Disaster Nursing program are working with architecture and environmental engineering professors, law enforcement professionals, graduate students, and Clay County community partners to improve the area’s community wellness and disaster preparedness.

Architecture Student Wins Gensler Diversity Internship, Scholarship Contest

Tabitha Darko, a first-generation immigrant from Ghana and a UT architecture student, hopes to unite her cultural heritage with her passion for design to create meaningful architecture. As a winner of the Gensler Diversity Internship and Scholarship, she is now one step closer to her dream. Darko received one of three top academic scholarships from Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm and a paid summer internship in the firm’s regional office in San Francisco.

Ewing Gallery to Showcase Thirty-Two Faculty Members in Exhibit August 1

An exhibition of work by faculty of the College of Architecture and Design entitled Thirty-Two, for the number of participants, will be on display at the Ewing Gallery August 1 through 29. From laser-cut aluminum to furniture design and photography taken abroad, Thirty-Two will showcase faculty work for the first time in five years. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23. All activities are free and open to the public.

Landscape Architecture Program Appoints New Chair

Gale Fulton, a former assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named chair of UT’s Landscape Architecture Program. Fulton, who begins August 1, will oversee three master’s degree options offered by the Landscape Architecture Program, a joint collaboration between the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

First Endowed Professorship Named in College of Architecture and Design History

The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has named Lawrence Scarpa, an internationally celebrated architect, as its BarberMcMurry Professor, the first endowed professorship in the college’s history. Scarpa, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), will teach a design studio and seminar during the 2014 spring semester. Following the 2014 studio, Scarpa will give a UT student an internship or full-time position at his Los Angeles-based firm, Brooks + Scarpa.