September 2, 2020 McCarty Holsaple McCarty Establishes Endowed Professorship; Guerguis Named Inaugural Recipient

McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects & Interior Designers has established a new endowed professorship in the college and named the inaugural endowed professor.

The firm’s leaders established the McCarty Holsaple McCarty Endowed Professorship to recognize the excellent work of a current faculty member in the School of Architecture or the School of Interior Architecture or to recruit an exemplary faculty member.

“We are honored to support the UT College of Architecture and Design with this endowed professorship to attract talented faculty who engage and challenge students in a world-class educational opportunity,” said Margaret Butler, vice president of McCarty Holsaple McCarty.

The endowed professorship recognizes and provides funding for the faculty recipient’s academic initiatives and research and furthers the tradition of design excellence in the college into the future.

“Over the life of this college, McCarty Holsaple McCarty has had a profound influence on our college’s trajectory,” said Scott Poole, dean of the college. “The firm has provided scholarships for students for many years, and now the endowed professorship will help us recruit and retain exceptional faculty members. We thank MHM for their generosity and foresight to help the college continue to thrive.”

Maged Guerguis headshot

The inaugural McCarty Holsaple McCarty Endowed Professor is Maged Guerguis, assistant professor of Architecture.

Guerguis, who teaches design and structural technology, is an award-winning designer, researcher and educator. He has received the U.S. Green Building Council Emerald Award, the American Institute of Architects Innovation Award, the Autodesk residency award, H. Patrick Lawson Teaching Award, Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award, among others.

“MHM is delighted that Maged Guerguis has been named as the inaugural McCarty Holsaple McCarty Endowed Professor,” Butler said. “Prof. Guerguis’s current research in additively-manufactured architecture has the exciting potential to provide an innovative and efficient typology for buildings of the future.”

Guerguis’s research investigates the intersections of architecture, engineering and sciences to develop sustainable alternatives to conventional construction systems using digital fabrication, novel materials and advanced computational design methods.

“I strongly believe that a well-designed research project can be a powerful educational tool,” Guerguis said. “The McCarty Holsaple McCarty Professorship will allow me to continue developing integrated curricula that combine innovative research with design pedagogy. In my design studio courses, my goal is to connect design theories with practice, preparing the next generation of world-class architects,” he said.

Guerguis joined the college in 2017. Prior to joining UT, he was a senior designer at Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Chicago, where he designed and developed a broad range of award-winning corporate, mixed-use and residential projects. While at SOM, he was the lead designer of AMIE 1.0, the world’s largest 3D-printed polymer structure, an interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with the college and Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the UT Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism.

“I am sincerely grateful and thrilled to receive this highest honor of being named the McCarty Holsaple McCarty Endowed Professor,” Guerguis said. “MHM’s generous support will help push the frontiers of cutting-edge architectural design research and education.”

Guerguis earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

“Maged is an excellent teacher, and he has great promise to impact professional practice with his research,” said Jason Young, professor and director of the School of Architecture. “We see a strong synergy between Maged’s work and that of McCarty Holsaple McCarty, a firm that has been committed to design excellence and positive community impact for more than 50 years.”

Founded in 1965, McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects and Interior Designers is one of the leading design practices in East Tennessee and the greater Tri-Cities region.