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KNOXVILLE — Max Robinson, professor in the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design, received the American Institute for Architects (AIA) East Tennessee Gold Medal award.

The award was presented to Robinson on Oct. 23 at the AIA East Tennessee Chapter Awards Gala here in Knoxville.

The Gold Medal is the highest honor bestowed upon local architects by the local profession. Only one AIA Gold Medal is given by the local chapter in a year, and it is not always given.

“This achievement is reflective of Max’s professional and academic accomplishments,” said Dean John McRae. “It is quite an honor to receive this award.”

Robinson is a registered architect with a career that includes both professional and academic experience.

Robinson came to UT, Knoxville, in 1967 and worked as an associate professor in the College of Architecture and Design for five years. He then took a leave of absence for 11 years to work full-time in two Knoxville architecture firms.

During this time, he was responsible for the design of a number of buildings in Knoxville and throughout east Tennessee, including several on the UT campus.

Robinson returned to the college in 1983 and became director of the School of Architecture in 1997. This past spring, he stepped down as director after 10 years. He currently is a professor in the college.

“Max Robinson’s teaching and leadership has had a profound impact on the College of Architecture and Design. He worked with the highest standard of professionalism in his tenure as director and brought the program to its level of excellence today,” McRae said.

Since 1983, Robinson also has maintained an independent practice where he has provided services both on an individual and joint-venture basis, as well as acted as a design consultant to several local architectural firms.

Max Robinson, (865) 974-3289,
Kristi Hintz, (865) 974-3993,