April 29, 2014 Architecture Professor Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Mark DeKay, an associate professor of architecture, is one of four faculty members recognized with the 2014 University of Tennessee Excellence in Teaching Award by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. He was noted for his collaborative teaching approach.

DeKay joined the university in 2001 after completing a Fulbright Fellowship at the Center of Environmental Planning and Technology in India. DeKay has taught courses in graduate design studio, advanced undergraduate design studios focused on sustainability, and seminars in green design, climatic design, and architectural technology.

DeKay brings a fresh approach to architectural studio instruction. A student nominator said, “The most memorable thing about his studio is the way that he insists on a positive collaborative environment. Everyone’s opinion matters and everyone has something to contribute.”

In 2011, he published a peer-reviewed book, Integral Sustainable Design: Transformative Perspectives. He is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals.