The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design will enrich quality of life by providing innovative and transformative education in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture
- Recruit, enrich, graduate and place undergraduate students who are prepared to enter the global community as lifelong learners and authentic leaders
- Strengthen graduate education through an emphasis on excellence and improvement of the graduate student experience
- Attract, retain, and recognize stellar faculty and staff who strive for excellence and proudly embody Volunteer values
- Strengthen our capacity, productivity and recognition across our total portfolio of research, scholarship, creative activity and engagement
- Develop a resource base for the future; continue transformation of campus infrastructure
- Enhance diversity and inclusion to benefit our campus
_Legacy of Success
Through the visionary leadership of Dean Scott Poole and the innovation of faculty and administrators, the college’s School of Architecture was ranked #10 of public schools by DesignIntelligence (#25 overall) in the 2017 report. Other evidence of a sea-change in the college’s trajectory include these recognitions:
- The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016.
- In 2016 for the first time, the college solicited the input of a full cross-section of the college (students, faculty, staff, administrators, industry leaders and alumni) to develop a comprehensive strategic plan.
- The college’s design/build program was named in the Top 7 by the ACSA in 2016.
- In 2014, the college partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices for Urban Environments. From this effort has come the design and production of AMIE (additive manufacturing and integrated energy) prototype, which has reached international acclaim. Through the Governor’s Chair, the college now has started its second studio, Tennessee River Studio. This effort already is gaining attention of industry leaders.
- For the second year in a row, a student in Interior Design was named a top student in the country and received a scholarship and internship at Gensler.
- Applications to the college have risen by 80% since 2013.
These successes indicate a positioning of the college to become a major influencer in design education in the country and a top ranked college nationwide.
Student enrollment is about 400, with about 50% in Architecture; 40% in Interior Design; and 10% in Landscape Architecture. About 40 faculty members lead innovative studios and seminars, and the college has about 15 staff members.
The college is located in the Art + Architecture Building on UT’s flagship campus in Knoxville, and the 20,000-square-foot Fab Lab is a maker space for the college’s students and faculty located in the urban revitalization area of downtown Knoxville.
- Design/Build Program: In its 40th year, the design/build program connects the dots for students. They design then build/oversee construction of their designs. All of the college’s design/build projects are for the broader good of society, and many have won local and national awards.
- Facilities: The main building, the Art + Architecture Building, houses studio and seminar space, as well as a woodshop, auditorium, gallery space and more. The structure is said to be in the Top 10 of architecture and design buildings on any campus across the country. The college’s Fab Lab is a 20,000-square-foot maker space in downtown Knoxville outfitted with 21st Century digital and analog equipment and houses two studios. It is one of the best and most widely utilized labs in the country.
- Governor’s Chair as described above.
- Regional resources: Collaborations with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ORNL, TVA, city of Knoxville and more make this college unique.
- Urban design: For 20 years, the college has offered an urban design studio in Nashville after leading the founding of the Nashville Civic Design Center. Urban design is also a focus of the Governor’s Chair.
- Bachelor of Architecture
- Bachelor of Interior Design
- Master of Architecture
- Master of Landscape Architecture
- And several combined degrees