Centennial Jubilee

A Centennial Jubilee of Design Studies at UT

Classmates, friends, faculty and colleagues came together to celebrate 100 years of passion for design.


On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the UT School of Interior Architecture hosted the Centennial Jubilee of Design Studies at UT, a day to pay tribute to those who have been part of the design story, from home economics in 1916 to today’s interior architecture.

We celebrated the shared yearning that brought us to a design classroom, the passions that inspire us, our unique paths after graduation and the 100-year evolution that brings us back together.

Throughout the day, friends reminisced, toured the campus, spent time in downtown Knoxville, shared memories, talked with current students and more.

The group also enjoyed a lecture by Penny Sparke, international author and historian, who presented, “The Evolution of Design,” before the grand jubilee reception in the stunning atrium of the Art + Architecture Building.

We unveiled the Centennial Exhibit, and you added your memories to make it a meaningful personal narrative.

During the celebration, we all had opportunity to support students through a reverse auction, where you bought and students received.

Items included gift cards for studio supplies, credit hours for study abroad and subscriptions for online creative software required of all students.

If you want to support the students in one of these ways, please visit our giving site, and in the box labeled “Please describe fund not listed,” simply write in the item from the reverse auction:

  • CoAD $100 for Jerry’s Artarama gift card
  • CoAD $360 for annual subscription for Adobe software
  • CoAD $480 in-state student tuition credits for study abroad
  • CoAD $1,239 for out-of-state student tuition credits for study abroad

Thank you!

The Centennial Jubilee valued the many generations of contributions and celebrated the history of design and the future of today’s interior architecture.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend but would like to support our students, visit our online giving page.  Thank you!


Thank you to the many alumni, friends of design, faculty and guests who came to Rocky Top to enjoy time together, reminisce, learn and celebrate the many contributions during the varied and vibrant past that defines design studies at UT.

Memorabilia & Memories

Thank you to those who brought memorabilia and shared their personal memories, all of which were added to the Centennial Exhibit.

By sharing these special pieces of history, we are telling the story of your experiences at UT in a very personal way.

The Centennial Jubilee exhibit now features your items and memories as well as milestones in UT’s history and the interior design industry.

World-renowned author and design historian Penny Sparke lectures during the Centennial Jubilee of Design Studies at UT on March 24, 2018.

Details about the Jubilee


10:00-11:00 a.m.

Walking Tour of Campus and Interiors of Iconic Buildings:  Hodges Library, Strong Hall, Cowan Cottage, Jessie Harris Building and the Student Union.  The tour will end at the Student Union at 11 a.m., where you can tour the building and shop for fun UT items at the VolShop.

11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Explore Knoxville with its many museums, galleries, dining and attractions

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Jubilee Celebration: Lecture + Grand Reception:

Lecture: “The Evolution of Design,” Penny Sparke, World-Renowned Author and Design Historian

Following her lecture, Ms. Sparke will sign copies of her book, The Modern Interior, which students in ASID will be selling.

Jubilee Reception:  Enjoy grand hors d’oeuvres, a selection of wines and beers, a sumptuous dessert bar, live music, class photos, a showcase of student work, student-designed textile products and a chance to give back.

Reverse Auction:  Come ready to help the students in the School of Interior Architecture by supporting scholarships, study abroad tuition, technology and materials.

Centennial Exhibit Unveiling:  See a stunning exhibit designed by Diane Fox depicting a century of design and be ready to help the exhibit “grow” by placing your own memories and memorabilia alongside the exhibit

$75 per person



A limited room block was available at Four Points by Sheraton Cumberland House Hotel, 1109 White Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916.



Air: McGhee-Tyson Airport

Public: KAT Downtown Bus System, Knoxville Downtown Trolley System

On-demand: Uber, Lyft



Parking for the walking tour was in Lot S9 near the new Student Union on Phillip Fulmer Way.  Parking was free.

Parking for the Centennial Jubilee evening event was in the Stokely Hall Parking Garage, 1311 Lake Loudoun Boulevard.  Parking was free.