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Avigail Sachs

Associate Professor

School of Architecture

Avigail Sachs teaches landscape and architectural history and theory and studies the design professions in the United States. Her book The Garden in the Machine: Planning and Democracy in the Tennessee Valley Authority will be available from the University of Virginia Press in April 2023. The book examines the transformation of architectural ideals into practice in the first two decades of the  TVA’s operation. Her previous book, Environmental Design: Architecture, Politics and Science in Postwar America, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2018.  This book was recognized with an Award of Excellence by the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) in 2019.


  • Ph.D. in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
  • M.Sc. in Architecture Studies, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1997
  • B.Arch. Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 1995

Professional Associations & Certifications

  • Society of Architectural Historians

Courses Taught

  • ARC 212: History and Theory of Architecture IIGlobal survey of architecture and urbanism since 1750
  • ARC 425/525: The Tennessee Valley AuthoritySeminar on the history of the TVA architecture and design
  • LAR 581: Landscape Architecture: Histories and Theories IGlobal survey of landscape architecture and environmental design from Antiquity to the late 1800s
  • LAR 584: Landscape Architecture: Histories and Theories IISeminar on landscape planning and design in the 20th century
  • ARC 501: Introduction to the Built EnvironmentSeminar on central ideas and knowledge in architectural discourse

Expertise & Interests

  • History and Theory of Architectural Practice and Education
  • History of Modern Architecture
  • Architecture and Landscape Architecture in a Global Perspective

Honors & Awards

  • James Johnson Dudley Faculty Scholar, 2015-2017College of Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • University of Tennessee Humanities Center Fellow, 2014-2015