In the five years since a massive earthquake rocked the island nation of Haiti, UT faculty and students have helped the country’s rebuilding efforts by designing a secondary school, housing, and a clinic that are now in various stages of construction.
School of Architecture News
On the corner of Church Avenue and Locust Street downtown stood the bustling Hotel Arnold in the 1920s. Today, the location is a parking lot.
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.
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.
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.
Students in the Landscape Architecture Program won top awards in the 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Tennessee Chapter Design Awards Program. The students accepted their awards in mid-October at the ASLA Conference held in Franklin, Tennessee.
The New Norris House, an award-winning home developed by UT students and faculty, has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes Platinum Certification from the US Green Building Council. LEED-platinum certification is the highest standard buildings can earn as a measure of their sustainability.
The New Norris House has been featured by several local news media. The New Norris House is a nationally recognized model for efficient and sustainable living. The house, located in Norris, was built by a student-led team at UT.
The UT Knoxville College of Architecture and Design is honoring the work of one of its professors with an exhibition this month. The exhibition features the work of Professor Hansjörg Göritz, who has been internationally recognized for the past 20 years. The exhibition, called Stones and Sketches, is on display now through Nov. 11 in the Art + Architecture Building’s northeast atrium exhibition hall.
Faculty member Scott Wall has been named as director of the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Adjunct Associate Professor Wall, who is a 1983 alumnus of UT Knoxville, has taught in the college for six years. He will begin his five-year term as director on Aug. 1.