College of Architecture and Design News

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.

Graduate Student Voted to Co-Host Television Show about Architecture

Amanda Gann, a graduate architecture student, will take center stage this month as cohost of ARCHITECT Live!, a live television program that showcases conversations with the leading thinkers and personalities in architecture. Gann, of Pegram, Tennessee, who won a video contest by popular vote, will host with Stephen Chung, an acclaimed architect and creator/host of Cool Spaces: The Best of New Architecture, a prime-time television series on US and Canadian public television.

Architecture Students Design, Remodel Home of Family with Disabilities

UT architecture students are designing and remodeling the home of a mother and daughter who have disabilities. The project, which will provide wheelchair access to the home, is expected to be completed by Wednesday, May 22. The home of Wanda Skeen and her daughter Stacey is getting the makeover through UT Freedom by Design, a student service organization that is part of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

Students of First Architecture Design High School Camp Now UT Alumni

As a high school student, Elizabeth Cagle attended the Design Matters camp at UT to see if architecture would be a viable career option. “It was confirmation that architecture was for me,” she said. “The camp exposed me to UT’s space and curriculum, so I felt comfortable here as a freshman.” Cagle and nine other former campers graduated this weekend from the UT College of Architecture and Design. They are among the students who attended the very first Design Matters camp after it was established in 2008.

Architecture Faculty Member Honored with Cox Professorship

An architecture faculty member who was instrumental in the design of a nationally recognized energy sustainable house has received the James R. Cox Professorship. The three-year award provides Tricia Stuth a stipend of $25,500 to be used at her discretion. Stuth is an associate professor in the College of Architecture and Design. She is a licensed architect.

Honorary Degrees, Notable Speakers Highlight Spring Commencements

UT will award two honorary degrees and welcome a host of accomplished speakers at this spring’s commencement ceremonies, which begin May 8. Honorary degrees will be awarded to renowned journalist John Seigenthaler at the College of Law commencement and to opera singer Mary Costa, known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty, at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement. More than 3,730 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees at thirteen college ceremonies this spring.

New Norris House Named Among Nation’s Top Ten Green Projects of 2013

The New Norris House, a project of UT, is one of the nation’s top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design, according to the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment. The AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Awards is one of the profession’s best-known recognition programs for sustainable design excellence. The New Norris House is the only university project selected for the award.

Interior Design Student Projects Receive Regional, National Recognition

Projects created by UT design students won second and third place at a recent regional design competition. The students participated in the Interior Design Educators Council Regional Competition. Their work advanced to the national conference and was recognized as two of the top fifteen projects out of 130 entries from across the country.

Internationally Celebrated Architect to Present General Shale Lecture

Internationally-acclaimed scholar and educator of architecture Billie Tsien will speak at UT on April 8 as part of the College of Architecture and Design’s Church Lecture Series. The lecture, free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the McClung Museum Auditorium. Tsien has taught at Harvard and Yale universities and at Parsons The New School for Design. She is a director of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural League of New York, and the American Academy of Rome.