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The College of Architecture and Design has named the student winners of its annual MAX_minimum Design Competition. The professional-alumni competition is open until December 7.

The competition, in its third year, encourages designs that demonstrate the greatest impact to the built environment using the least possible means.

This year’s theme is “performance specification” and requires entrants to reimagine a space outside the UT Art and Architecture Building into a theater, classroom, assembly area, or other communal space.

More than 100 student submission were received and evaluated.

The 2012 MAX_minimum student winners, which together worked on a project called “Garden of Shadows,” were: Jessica Bub, a freshman from Virginia Beach, VA; Amanda Gann, a graduate student from Kingston Springs, TN; Margaret Jamison, a senior from Brentwood, TN; Chloe Lane, a sophomore from Memphis, TN and Shehreen Saleh, a graduate student from Columbia, MO, for their project, informally named “Garden of Shadows.”

The winning students envisioned a series of spaces that incorporate nature, leisure, and learning. These include an outside projection wall for class lectures and films; a parking garage covered by a rolling landscape of trees and pedestrian paths, where students can test and research landscape renewal; and a roof-top communal space connected to a “green veil,” a cascading curtain of plants that shade stairway access to the roof.

“The jury had little question that this was the superior entry in this year’s student competition,” said Jennifer Akerman, faculty coordinator of MAX_min.

Beginning this year, students can also enter the professional-alumni competition by paying the entry fee and submitting a new design proposal. Teams participating in this portion of the competition must include at least one alumnus. They will be eligible to win prize money in addition to the Max Robinson Medal of Excellence.

Proceeds will benefit the Max Robinson Design Fund, which supports the competition and enhances the educational experiences of students and alumni of the college.

For more information on the program, visit the website or email

C O N T A C T :

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713,