Successful National Architecture Student Forum Hosted by UT

Jan. 08, 2015

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students hosted the largest architecture student conference of the year in Nashville this winter. Held Dec. 29 through Jan. 1, the 2014 AIAS FORUM, titled “REVERB,” welcomed students from around the country to attend workshops, lectures, and seminars led by prominent professionals and academics, including our very own:

  • Ryann Aoukar, Associate Professor, “Furniture Design Workshop- Furniture Design for Digital Communication,” December 29, 2014
  • David Fox, Associate Professor, “Graphics Design Workshop,” December 29, 2014
  • Matt Culver, Fab Lab Supervisor, “Maker Workshop,” December 30, 2014
  • Josh Flowers, alumnus at Hnedak Bobo Group, “Advancing the Profession and Your Career: Strategies for Bridging the Gap from School to Practice from the Young Architects Forum,” December 30, 2014
  • Paul Bielicki, lecturer, “Deconstruction- It’s Not Just an Architectural Style,” December 30, 2014
  • Larry Scarpa, UT BarberMcMurry Professor, AIAS FORUM Keynote, December 30, 2014
  • Darris James, alumnus at Gensler, “Q&A with Gensler,”December 31, 2014
  • Marleen Davis, Professor, “Leadership: From Participation to Motivation,” January 1, 2015
  • TK Davis, Associate Professor, “Urbanism 101,” January 1, 2015
  • Jennifer Akerman, Associate Professor, “Digital Artifacts: Framing a Critical Agenda through Fabrication and Craft,” January 1, 2015
  • Andy Godwin, Adjunct Professor, “Kay Lavi: Our Haitian Education,” January 1, 2015
  • Keith Boswell, alumnus, Governor’s Chair Studio lecturer, SOM, AIAS FORUM Keynote, January 1, 2015

The massive event, welcoming nearly 800 students, took a year of planning by six core students:

  • Breanna Weaver, AIAS FORUM Chair
  • Emily Threadgill, Programming and Speakers Coordinator
  • Alli Randall, Events Coordinator
  • Coleen O’Leary, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Holly Harris, Partnership Coordinator
  • Chloe Lane, Graphics Coordinator

At AIAS FORUM, the UT Chapter of AIAS Freedom by Design, an organization that designs and builds projects for disabled and/or low-income individuals, claimed four national awards, including top program:

  • Best Freedom by Design Program (UTK)
  • Best Mid Level Project (Skeen Residence)
  • Most Sustainable Project (skeen Residence)
  • Best Fundraising Event (Pig Roast)

Here is a look at the activities of the resounding successful 2014 AIAS FORUM, as captured by architecture student David Berry: