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KNOXVILLE — Two instructors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design were honored recently by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) for their academic work.

Tricia Stuth
Tricia Stuth

Tricia Stuth, an associate professor, was one of only three architecture faculty in the country recognized by the ACSA and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) with the 2009-2010 New Faculty Teaching Award. Avigail Sachs, an instructor in the School of Architecture, was recognized by the ACSA, along with the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), with the 2009-2010 Journal of Architectural Education Best Scholarship of Design Article Award.

Stuth’s award is given annually to faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of their architectural teaching career.

“I am honored to receive this award and grateful to teach at a college and university that value teaching excellence,” Stuth said. “The award reflects the quality of our institution, and the faculty and students with whom I teach and research.”

Stuth, a registered architect in Tennessee, is a partner at the firm CURB and a member of Applied Research, with fellow faculty members Ted Shelton, Katherine Ambroziak and Brian Ambroziak. Her work, research and teaching focus on connections between design and context.

Sachs was recognized for her article “The Postwar Legacy of Architectural Research.” Each year, the ACSA and JAE honor an outstanding article published in the journal.

Avigail Sachs
Avigail Sachs

“For me this is not only an honor but also an indication that what I have to say matters to people, which was the reason I wrote it to begin with,” Sachs said of her article. “As someone who has just finished her Ph.D. and is in her first teaching job, it is a great encouragement to keep up with the career I have chosen.”

Sachs specializes in the history and theory of architecture and environmental design, architecture education and professional practice. She also focuses on project management and building supervision.

Recipients of the ACSA awards are recognized as important contributors to the architecture field, according to ACSA President Tom Fisher.

“The new faculty teaching award winners, as well as many of those who won design, creative achievement, collaborative practice, housing design and JAE article awards, exemplify the best young talent in our field,” Fisher said. “Their work demonstrates the degree to which our discipline remains responsive to and speculative about many of the major challenges of our time.”

Stuth and Sachs will attend the 98th ACSA Annual Meeting in March 2010 in New Orleans for the presentation of their awards. Their recognitions also will be featured in ACSA’s 2010 Architectural Education Awards Book. For more information on their awards, visit

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