The UT chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students will host the largest architecture student conference of the year in Nashville this winter. Registration is now open for the AIAS Forum, which will be held December 29 through January 1.
College of Architecture and Design News
Philip Enquist, the new UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair, was featured in the News Sentinel this week. He has tackled projects from China to Chicago, but the architect’s latest venture will focus on examining ways to achieve a balance between cities and nature in the area. He, along with a team from his firm and the UT architecture school,
Students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Design head to Haiti next week to continue work on design-build projects, including a guidebook that will address the urgent need for adequate building standards in the country. The book, LIFEHouse, will emphasize the lesser-known relationship between housing design and disease prevention. The UT Haiti Project team will be in the country May 29 to June 1.
A group of UT architecture and design students have been hard at work in recent months studying areas of Nashville to develop ideas for projects that could add momentum to efforts aimed at spurring redevelopment in retail areas that are long past their prime. The students’ projects were showcased recently by the Nashville Civic Design Center, a
UT architecture students are designing and building front and back entrances to the home of a Knoxville woman with medical needs. They expect to complete the project by Friday, May 16. The home of Barbara Beilke is the third project of UT’s Freedom by Design, a student service organization that is part of the American Institute of Architecture Students. The group’s goal is to use students’ architecture and design talents to improve the homes of people in their local community.
Philip Enquist, partner in charge of urban design and planning and leader of the City Design Practice at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, has been named the sixteenth UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill is one of the world’s leading urban planning, architecture, and engineering firms. Enquist and a select research team will serve as Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments.
A group of UT students and faculty has won the second phase of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability. Their project will receive up to $90,000 in grant funding to turn the designs into real-world applications and implement them in the marketplace.
The Provost’s Service-Learning Office is working on a plan to give an “S” designation to approved courses with a service-learning component. The application process was piloted this spring by nine faculty members, each representing a different college. The university already has many courses that employ service-learning, and the service-learning office is developing mechanisms to enhance the support and recognition of faculty who do this work.
Graduate student Cameron Rodman has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Landscape Architects as the 2014-2015 national student representative. Rodman will serve as the liaison between landscape architecture students, ASLA student chapters, and the organization’s leadership. His role is to foster a positive relationship between students and professionals who share a mutual passion and enthusiasm for landscape architecture.
At last week’s Honor’s Banquet, several faculty members were recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. The recipents were Mark Dekay, an associate professor of architecture; Lois Presser, an associate professor of sociology; Andrew Sherfy, a lecturer in biosystems engineering and soil science; and Brian Stevens, a lecturer in statistics, operations, and management science.