College of Architecture and Design News

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.

College of Architecture and Design to Host Open House April 5

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.

Inspiring Ideas: College of Architecture and Design

Mary Beth Robinson (in blue) with students, from left, Teal Nabors, Michelle Hawfield, and Lindsay Payne.

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.

College of Architecture and Design Kicks Off Spring Lecture Series January 28

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.

In Memoriam: Bruce McCarty

Bruce McCarty

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-Designed Secondary School Opens in Haiti


Two years of planning and designing by UT students and faculty culminated in the opening of a secondary school in Haiti this fall. The L’Exode Secondary School welcomed its first students in September in the island nation’s town of Fond-des-Blancs, located seventy miles outside of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Sixty seventh and eighth graders are enrolled.

UT Design Competition Names Student Winners, Opens to Professionals

The College of Architecture and Design has named the student winners of its annual MAX_minimum Design Competition. The competition, in its third year, encourages designs that demonstrate the greatest impact to the built environment using the least possible means.