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KNOXVILLE — Scott Poole has been named dean of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design.

Scott PoolePoole, director of the School of Architecture and Design at Virginia Tech, will begin July 15.

“The College of Architecture and Design’s programs are among some of the most noted and well-respected in the region and nation,” said Susan Martin, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Scott has the combination of experience, reputation and enthusiasm needed to build upon what the college has already accomplished.”

Poole will replace Dean John McRae, who will step down after nearly six years in the lead role. McRae will remain a faculty member in the college.

As director at Virginia Tech, Poole oversaw two programs — architecture and landscape architecture — which were top-ranked in the U.S. He also served as co-chair of the department heads’ executive council and chair of the foundation program for the Department of Architecture.

While at Virginia Tech, Poole received the Teaching Excellence Award in 2002 and the Leonard and Virginia Currie Professional Development Award in 1999. He also has received various grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts.

Poole has served in various professional leadership roles, including as the vice president for professional excellence and on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects. He has been recognized by the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture for his distinguished service.

Poole has authored several book chapters and books, one of which, “The New Finnish Architecture” (published in English), has been translated into three languages.

Poole has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University, where he was part of the honors anthropology program and an All-American Athlete. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas and was a student Fulbright Scholar.

The College of Architecture and Design houses architecture, interior design and landscape architecture. The 350-member undergraduate architecture program was ranked a Top 20 program for 2011 by DesignIntelligence, and the college’s landscape architecture master’s program is the only one of its kind in the state.


Kristi Hintz (865-974-3993, khintz@utk.edu)