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.
College of Architecture and Design News
George Dodds, chair of the graduate architecture program, was interviewed by USA Today about sustainable building. He said there is “no question about it” that today’s students are demanding to learn about regenerative design. “Just as home buyers are now consciously looking for more energy efficient, or even energy-neutral houses, so too are students motivated
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.