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New Norris House
New Norris House

The New Norris House, a sustainable home designed by students and faculty of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design, garnered high honors this spring at the American Institute of Architects National Convention.

It received the Residential Architect Award of Merit in the single-family housing category and was one of only thirty-six projects chosen out of nearly 800 entries.

Faculty and alumni of the College of Architecture and Design also were feted at the convention, one of the largest global gatherings of architects and designers held annually.

The New Norris House also received an Award of Merit from the Gulf States Region of the AIA, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The regional jury commended the home, saying, “The architect has incorporated many sustainable building elements with great economy and skill. This is a modern, sustainable design for contemporary living and thoroughly admirable for its efficiency and delight.”

Projects designed by firms in Tennessee received ten of the twenty awards given by the Gulf States at the convention. Each of those firms is led by alumni or faculty of the college.

Brandon Pace and John Sanders, UT instructors and founders of the firm Sanders-Pace Architecture, won an AIA Gulf States Honors Citation for design of Shelton Group, an office space for a progressive marketing agency. They also won an Award of Merit for Barrier Island House, a state-of-the-art home in Vero Beach, Florida.

In addition, Sanders-Pace received an AIA National Small Projects Award for the firm’s design of Cape Russell Retreat, a lakeside pavilion in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee.

UT professors Tricia Stuth and Ted Shelton received a Small Projects Award for their restoration and creation of three North Knoxville homes known as the Ghost Houses.

Pace, Sanders, Stuth, and Shelton’s winning projects were exhibited at the convention.

Other AIA accolades include four Gulf States Awards given to Archimania, a Memphis-based firm led by 1978 alumnus Barry Yoakum; a Residential Architect Award of Merit to 1995 alumnus Josh Shelton for his firm’s Echo Ridge Duplexes located in Topeka, Kansas; the naming of Keith Boswell, a 1980 alumnus and UT Architecture and Design board of advisor, as fellow of the AIA; presentations by 1977 alumnus Kem Hinton and 2008 alumnus Joseph Cole at the convention; and the induction of Brent Castro, a 2012 graduate, as a board member of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

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