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.
College of Architecture and Design News
The New Norris House has been named one of the nation’s top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design,
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.
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-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.
The College of Architecture and Design will host an open house for prospective students on Friday, April 5. The event 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. The event is open to potential students from high schools and universities. Current UT students from other disciplines are also invited to attend.
Get to know Thomas K. Davis and Mary Beth Robinson from the College of Architecture and Design. Davis recently received national recognition for his community outreach program with students, which aims to produce a walkable, pedestrian-friendly Nashville. Robinson invites students to explore how they relate to the environment through their important life moments, where they came from, and what sensory influences shaped them.
Internationally recognized architects and designers will present their work this semester at UT as part of the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series. The lecture series, which begins January 28, is sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design. It is composed of exhibitions, presentations, and films. The events are free and open to the public and provide opportunities to gain insight to the works and ideas occurring in the architecture and design disciplines today.
Bruce McCarty, the primary architect for many of the university’s iconic buildings and longtime friend to the College of Architecture and Design, passed away on Saturday, January 5. He was 92. Bruce was a driving force in East Tennessee’s modern architecture for more than fifty years. His work created much of Knoxville’s skyline and helped to shape a large part of UT’s campus.
UT is home to the sixth best undergraduate architecture program in the South, according to a recently released report from DesignIntelligence, the leading industry organization that ranks collegiate architecture programs.