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Nov. 03, 2017

HBG Design partnered with the College of Architecture and Design in the HBG Design International Design Competition (INDECOM). HBG Design is a nationally recognized hospitality and entertainment architecture and interior design firm located in Memphis, Tenn. This is the first…

Aug. 03, 2017

The multi-awarded Beardsley Farm Education Center has earned statewide recognition from the Tennessee American Institute of Architects. The project, a product of the college’s successful design/build program, received the Design Award of Excellence, the organization’s highest honor, during its state…

Jul. 26, 2017

The Beardsley Farm Education Center, a collaborative design/build project designed and largely constructed by students and faculty in the college, has earned the 2017 Brick in Architecture Gold Award. This national award recognizes design excellence, resilience and innovation in architecture featuring…

Jan. 20, 2017

Two professors of architecture in the College of Architecture and Design earned a national design award for their work leading students and collaborating with community members to develop an education center for Knoxville. Jennifer Akerman and Bob French were named…

Nov. 02, 2016

The College of Architecture and Design—and the work of more than 50 students—were recently recognized by the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee through the 2016 Honor Award for the Beardsley Farm Education Center. The education center, a project of…

Jennifer Akerman
Assistant Professor

M. Arch., Princeton University, 2002
B.S. in Arch., University of Virginia, 1998 | 865.974.5253 | Room 466 | Download CV


Jennifer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design where she teaches architectural design studio and support classes exploring issues of materiality, construction, and special topics of professional practice. Her research studios have explored issues of urban agriculture as a study of buildings as ecosystems. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University (2002) and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia (1998).

Jennifer and her husband Adan run an industrial design firm called Akerworks, Inc. committed to developing modern objects and instruments as an exploration of the relationship between design, material, and craft. Their practice, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a venue for using design and fabrication as a means of creating products that push beyond convention. Recent projects have ranged from custom-fabricated spinning wheel bobbins to electric baritone ukuleles.

Jennifer is a licensed architect with over nine years of professional experience at firms across the country, including Perry Dean Rogers & Partners in Boston, Hillier Architecture in Princeton, Cockrill Design & Planning in Knoxville, and AWAKE Architecture. Her professional focus has been on exploring relationships between culture and materiality. Project typologies have included public and private educational facilities, health care projects, and housing. She is active in service to the profession, serving as an at-large board member for the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architectures, and chairing the Design Awards program in 2014.

At UT, she has been the faculty coordinator and primary instructor of the Design Matters! summer camp for high school students.


AIA East Tennessee 2014 Design Awards Outcome

To salute excellence in architecture, AIA East Tennessee conducts an annual juried Design Awards Program. This program seeks to honor built and unbuilt works of distinction designed by AIA members in East Tennessee, and to serve as a catalyst for…

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