College of Architecture and Design News

Students to Compete in EPA Design Challenge in Washington, DC

From left, architecture students Paul Attea, Sherif Sugiyama, Wilson Kessel, Noah Poor and Tyler Rasnake.

UT students head to Washington, DC, this week to compete in the second phase of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability. The projects will be exhibited on the National Mall April 25–27 as part of the National Sustainable Design Expo. Winners will receive up to $90,000 in grant funding to turn their designs into real-world applications and implement them in the marketplace.

Architecture and Design to Open Studio and Lab in Downtown Knoxville


The university is investing in downtown Knoxville by renovating and furnishing a historic North Gay Street property for a new studio, gallery, and fabrication lab. UT is leasing the 20,000-square-foot building known as the Jewel at 525 North Gay Street for several College of Architecture and Design programs. The building’s glass storefront will house a new studio and gallery, and two floors of industrial space will be designated for a fabrication laboratory known as the UT Fab Lab.

State to Sell Award-Winning New Norris House


The state of Tennessee is selling one of the greenest homes in the state—the New Norris House. Sealed bids will be taken through 1:30 p.m. (CST) on May 5. An open house will be held April 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m., at 143 Oak Road, Norris, Tennessee. The New Norris House was completed in 2011 after a student-led team worked for three years to bring the concept, first conceived in a classroom, to a modern and appealing home.

Landscape Architecture Professor Receives Research Fellowship


Brad Collett, an assistant professor of landscape architecture and plant sciences, has received a research fellowship to develop performance evaluation methods for regional landscape projects. Collett was recently named a 2014 research fellow of the Case Study Investigation Program of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

College of Architecture and Design to Host Open House March 31


The College of Architecture and Design will host an open house on Monday, March 31. The event, from 1:00 to 5:00 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. Participants are encouraged to register by March 27.

Research for Rural Appalachia Provides Winter Weather Tips

Students and faculty of the College of Nursing and the College of Architecture and Design are addressing rural Appalachia’s wellness and disaster planning through the UT Appalachia Community Health and Disaster Readiness Project. Funded by a grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration, the project is researching the needs of Clay County, Kentucky, an impoverished area in Appalachia.

Marco Institute to Host Symposium on Reconceiving Pre-Modern Spaces

Diane Favro

Reconceiving Pre-Modern Spaces is the topic of the eleventh annual Marco Symposium to be hosted by UT’s Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies March 6 through 8. The symposium will feature scholars from various disciplines exploring ways in which pre-modern peoples conceived of space—as a physical reality, philosophical idea, and topic of artistic expression.

Church Lecture Series Celebrates 40 Years, Kicks Off February 3

Internationally recognized architects and designers will present their work this semester at UT as part of the Church Memorial Lecture Series. This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the series. The lectures kick off on Monday with Nader Tehrani from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Film Series Features Documentaries about Artists, Creativity

The College of Architecture and Design’s film series will showcase several documentaries about artists and designers this month through April. Free and open to the public, the films begin at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard.