Energy-Harvesting AMIE Named a Research Winner by Architect Magazine

Jul. 19, 2017
AMIE mountain scene

AMIE, the revolutionary energy-harvesting system designed and built by a team of students, faculty, design professionals and science researchers in the Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism, was named a 2017 R+D Award Winner by Architect magazine.

AMIE, Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy, is a system comprised of a 3D-printed structure and vehicle that gather and share energy. Students in School of Architecture professor James Rose’s Governor’s Chair studio contributed to AMIE’s design and continue to push the boundaries of using new technologies in design.

“The AMIE project exposed our students to new technologies and advanced capabilities that expanded their understanding of how design impacts the world,” said Rose.  “The Governor’s Chair program continues to bring new innovations to our college for our students’ benefit, and I’m thrilled that our collaborative effort on AMIE has again been recognized by a national organization.”

The 2017 R+D Awards recognize investigations that most exemplify the refined inventions at the forefront of architectural technology. In all, nine breakthrough projects from across the country were chosen by a jury of nationally acclaimed professionals, Phillip Bernstein, FAIA, Erin Besler and Mimi Hoang, AIA. According to the R+D Awards website, “Considered as a whole, the jury’s selection affirms the industry’s brilliant diversity of approaches and its capacity to make the world a better place.”

Watch a video about AMIE: https://youtu.be/3-bGoK1DAHU.

The Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism is an unprecedented, five-year, $2.5M partnership that brings together academia, design and science through partners Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Led by Phil Enquist, SOM’s partner in charge of urban design and planning, the three partners pursue environmentally responsible design, emerging clean energy technologies for buildings and communities, sustainable urban planning and a merging of urbanism and natural systems for research and exploration.