The UT Art + Architecture Building is home to the College of Architecture and Design and the School of Art.
The 400′ long commons space in the center of the building unifies the different functions of the learning environment. Open stairs and hallways promote interaction of students and faculty. This space contains a student cafe, auditoriums, supply and art store, and atrium area. Changing art and architecture exhibits are installed in the Ewing Gallery, Gallery 103, the Commons and the Sculpture Garden.
More than simply providing functional facilities, the building was originally designed as a learning tool for its architecture students. The exposed concrete structure and mechanical systems are a daily reminder of the constituent elements of architecture. For the artists, the building serves as a site for ever-changing ad hoc installations and displays of student work. All students are encouraged to work communally in the studios, discussing ideas and projects.
The building is home to excellent educational and instructional technology resources including 24-hour computer labs, a materials resource library, a woodshop, an image center, print shop, technology studio, and a 3-D digital fabrication center.
Other facilities include the college’s various studios across Knoxville – the Burlington Studio, the Downtown Studio, and FABLAB – and the Nashville Civic Design Center.