UT Knoxville senior Brent Castro has been named vice president of the board of directors of the American Institute of Architecture Students, a leading organization for architecture students in the nation. The paid, full-time position will require him to manage the organization’s office in Washington, DC, and travel extensively to visit chapters in schools around the country.
College of Architecture and Design News
Nationally and internationally known architects, designers, historians, and theorists will present their work this semester at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series.
Knox County middle school students this month will learn about energy efficiency and sustainability through Living Light, UT Knoxville’s solar-powered house. Diane Bossart, research associate and manager of the Tennessee Tour, will present the lessons at one private and four public schools, and students will experience them through hands-on activities.
Shortly after the January 12, 2010, earthquake rocked Haiti, a group of students and faculty from UT Knoxville collaborated on designing and constructing a secondary school complex in the island nation’s town of Fond-des-Blancs. Today marks the two-year anniversary of the earthquake.
Professor Edgar Stach is the first faculty member of the College of Architecture and Design to receive a joint appointment with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the university. Through the year-long position at ORNL, Stach will research and develop technologies and methods to achieve cost effective, energy-efficient applications for high-performing retrofitted and new buildings.
George Dodds has been appointed the chair of the graduate architecture program in the College of Architecture and Design. A professor of architecture, Dodds will oversee the program’s three tracks in master of architecture studies. He has served as interim chair since August and replaces Associate Professor Mark DeKay, who held the position from 2008 until this year.
Scott Poole, dean of the College of Architecture and Design, was named to the “25 Most Admired Educators of 2012″ by DesignIntelligence, a report published by the Design Futures Council. The annual honor is bestowed on leading design professionals who demonstrate excellence as administrators and educators.
Living Light, UT Knoxville’s state-of-the-art, zero-energy house, has garnered another national accolade, this time for the effectiveness of its graphic design as well as its collaborative efforts with architecture and engineering. The American Institute of Graphic Artists, the professional association of design, introduced a new award category, “Making the Case,” to this year’s design competition.
Living Light, UT Knoxville’s state-of-the-art, zero-energy house, will open its doors to the public on campus this weekend, marking the beginning of the Tennessee Tour, an educational exhibition that will travel across the state. The free tour will kick off Saturday, November 19, and will coincide with the UT-Vanderbilt football game.
Ten faculty members from the School of Architecture received awards last month from the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The highest honors, the Honor Citation Awards, were given for three projects: “The Ghost Houses, Phase I,” “A New Norris House,” and the “O’Dell Residence.”