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Sep. 02, 2016

Ted Shelton, FAIA, and Tricia Stuth, AIA, associate professors of Architecture, continued their impressive body of work in the investigation of historical preservation and design by serving in two honored roles over the summer months. Shelton and Stuth conducted research…

Apr. 24, 2015

Four architecture professors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, helped transform an old rural West Tennessee homestead into a modern family oasis that communicates its owners’ commitment to sustainable farming practices. For their work, they recently received a national housing…

Apr. 27, 2014

UT students participating in the Green Oak Project traveled to Washington, DC, where they competed in and won the second phase of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability. Their project will receive up…

Mar. 20, 2012

An assistant professor of architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design. Ted Shelton joins a list of about 180 fellows appointed in the institute’s thirty-three-year history. His research explores…

Ted Shelton
Associate Professor

MPhil, Cambridge University 2003
M. Arch. University of Oklahoma 1995
B.Arch. University of Tennessee 1993 | 865.974.3292 | Room 406 | Download CV


Ted Shelton, FAIA is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, a partner in and co-founder of the firm curb, and a principal in and co-founder of the collaborative Applied Research. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Philosophy in Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Cambridge. He is a recipient of the Torchbearer Award, the highest honor bestowed upon undergraduates at the University of Tennessee. Prof. Shelton’s professional experience includes several years as an architect with the Miller|Hull Partnership in Seattle where, among other projects, he worked on the Bainbridge Island City Hall, a winner of the 2001 AIA Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Green Projects Award. In 2002 he was a Fulbright Fellow in Estonia examining how architecture was renovated, adapted, and reused throughout the twentieth century in repeated efforts to exert political and cultural influence. Prof. Shelton’s work seeks to discover poetic potential in the technical aspects of green design across a variety of scales. His current research deals with the urban segments of the U.S. Interstate Highway System. This project traces the cultural history of the relationship of the highway and the American City; analyzes the social, structural, and environmental impacts of highways on selected U.S. cities; and proposes a repurposing of urban highway rights-of-way as networked landscapes that are ideal for accepting infrastructures vital to the greening of the American city.

The work of Prof. Shelton’s firm has been honored with awards from AIA East Tennessee, AIA Tennessee, and AIA Gulf States Region; exhibited widely; and published in The Power of Pro Bono and The Home/House Project: the Future of Affordable Housing. His writings have appeared in the Journal of Architectural Education and the Journal of Green Building. Along with Prof. Mark DeKay, in 2005 he was a recipient of an Ecoliteracy in Architectural Education Award from the AIA National Committee on the Environment and in 2007 received a Research for Practice grant from the AIA National Board Knowledge Committee. In 2008-09 he was recognized with the Collaborative Practice Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for his work with Tennessee State Parks which seeks to situate contemporary interventions with respect to the parks’ charge to be stewards of both natural and cultural resources.

He is the 2012-14 Dudley Faculty Scholar in Architecture, a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Scholarly Work

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