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Avigail Sachs

Associate Professor

School of Architecture, School of Landscape Architecture

Avigail Sachs teaches landscape and architectural history and theory and studies the design professions in the United States. Her current project, tentatively titled Atelier TVA: Designers in the Great Depression, will critically analyze the impact of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s design policies on the careers of the architects and landscape architects who worked for it. Her book, Environmental Design: Architecture, Politics and Science, 1937-1973, is forthcoming from the University of Virginia Press. This study examines the development of the concept of “environmental design” in architecture and its role in the modernization of American architecture. Her 2009 essay, Marketing through Research: William Caudill and Caudill Rowlett Scott (CRS) in: Journal of Architecture 14/1, was selected for inclusion in a special issue anthology comprised of the Journal of Architecture’s most important articles of the decade.


  • 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