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KNOXVILLE— The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host its first ever college-wide open house on Friday, November 11.

The all-day event, which is during the same weekend as UT’s open house, will give prospective students the opportunity to discover the college’s programs in interior design, landscape architecture, and architecture, which ranks among the top twenty architecture programs in the nation.

Participants are encouraged to register by November 4.

Current students and faculty will meet with potential students from universities and high schools from across the country to explain the integrative, hands-on learning experience unique to the college’s programs.

“Working side by side with professors and non-faculty architect practitioners, students are learning to communicate the value of design, to explain technical and aesthetic decisions, and to establish trust between the design professions, community members, and partners from industry,” said College of Architecture and Design Dean Scott Poole. “Discoveries emerging from our innovative research projects are beginning to have technological, environmental, and social impacts, making their way into the everyday lives of people throughout our region and beyond.”

Open house activities will occur in the award-winning UT Art and Architecture Building and will include presentations by faculty, tours of its facilities, and opportunities for discussions with student leaders and program chairs. Visitors will also explore the college’s multi-disciplinary, design-build projects, the New Norris House and Living Light, the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon House.

The day will close at the UT Downtown Gallery, located near the college’s downtown studio, a design space that allows students to learn and create within an urban setting.

The keynote speaker will be Jack Neely, a local historian and associate editor of Metro Pulse. He will share his experiences and information about the Knoxville community.

For more information about the open house, visit http://www.arch.utk.edu/Events/UT_OpenHouse_Nov11.html.

C O N T A C T :

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713, kroeder@utk.edu)