This is an exciting time at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. In 2015 we turned 50 years old. Our graduates have experienced extraordinary success ranging from industry leaders like Robin Klehr Avia (BSID 1976), presently Chair of the Board at Gensler, the largest design and architecture firm in the world, to emerging architect Josh Flowers (B.Arch. 2001), one of eight young professionals across the nation honored by the American Institute of Architects with their Young Architect Award for 2014.
At the University of Tennessee, we strive to be at the forefront of changes that will enable the best and brightest students to pursue entrepreneurial initiatives, to lead creative teams, and to accelerate innovation. To do that, we are intensifying our efforts to bring new energy, strength, and purpose to our curriculum. In the past few years, we have added more than 20 faculty and staff members to an already strong cohort.
To elevate our teaching and learning capabilities, we also have installed over $2.5 million in new equipment and infrastructure upgrades to our facilities, including 400 state-of-the-art student workstations in the Art and Architecture Building, and the acquisition of a 20,000 square-foot fabrication laboratory, innovation hub, and design studio in a superbly renovated building in the heart of downtown Knoxville.
We are particularly fortunate to be embedded in Knoxville, an emerging American city at a moment of intense revitalization. Through our Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism––a five-year collaboration between Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the UT College of Architecture and Design––we will use our combined intellectual capital, design expertise, and scientific capacity to conduct forward-looking experiments that focus on the vast, complex, and urgent issues that face our cities and natural environment. Our goals are ambitious. Through this unprecedented collaboration, we hope to identify territories of opportunities for collaborative research that extend from Knoxville to the world.
As the demands of practice change at an unprecedented pace it is crucial to have an educational environment that supports innovative learning and develops intellectual agility. Our college is keenly aware that we are preparing students for a workplace that will be unlike the past. To meet the challenges of the future––to be ready for the world–our students work with cutting-edge design and fabrication technologies, engage with faculty members and visitors with specialized expertise, and participate in study abroad programs centered in such locales as Italy, Poland, Germany, and Finland.
To enrich the learning experiences of our students we will engage research partners across the university––from engineering and agriculture to biology and business. We will challenge ourselves to think about design from the scale of molecules to manufacturing. To reinforce the idea that design is a competitive advantage, we will aspire to create value for everyone involved with our community
Please explore our website to learn more information and experience our exciting story.
Scott Poole, Dean
College of Architecture + Design