December 6, 2013College Building, Knoxville Star of AIA Film,‘Problem Solving through Architecture’
The American Institute of Architects selected AIA East Tennessee from chapters across the United States for a re-positioning grant to teach how critical thinking skills are developed using the local built environment and design process.
The Art + Architecture Building was selected as one of the four featured structures for its achievement as a living, learning laboratory of design. The building, completed in 1981, demonstrates functionality, spatial relationships, and environmental issues. It houses photo labs, studios, a woodshop, print shop, computer lab, gallery, metal shop, technology studio, and auditoriums. Its most impressive interior feature is its atrium, which runs along the central space of the 360,000 sq-ft building. Designed by Bruce McCarty and his son Doug McCarty, it was envisioned to promote an open, collaborative environment. Students of our college praise the interdisciplinary learning environment of the A+A, a space that becomes more than a place for classes, but a community center for design. Learn more: