Fourth-year architecture students were recently honored for their designs by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects.
The students represented four studios within the College of Architecture and Design to compete for the Brewer Ingram Fuller Sustainable Design Award and the American Institute of Architects Middle Tennessee Student Design Award.
The students were challenged to design a 30,000-square-foot facility for commercial or mixed use. Students had to integrate conceptual and schematic design into their projects and demonstrate a solid understanding of building systems, including structural, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing.
The competition required students to satisfy a minimum of a silver rating in LEED criteria, a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Designs also had to adhere to metrics provided by the AIA Committee on the Environment.
The students’ range of designs included a culinary school, museum, housing, and more.
Architects from Brewer Ingram Fuller awarded the Sustainable Design Award to Austin Fleming and Beasley Chantharath. The duo was led by Kevin Stevens, lecturer in the College of Architecture and Design. The team received $1,000 to defray costs associated with study materials and testing fees for the LEED Green Associates examination.
The award was established by an endowed gift from Brewer Ingram Fuller Architects in Knoxville, which was founded by UT School of Architecture alumni Dan Brewer (’77), Lee Ingram (’76), and Anthony Fuller (’76). The purpose of the award is to encourage architecture students to incorporate sustainable design strategies into their work to be better prepared to lead the field of sustainable design when they enter the profession.
AIA Middle Tennessee awarded first place to Johnna Coetzee, William Harvell, and Jonathan Ruiz, a team led by James Rose, senior lecturer and adjunct assistant professor. The team received $1,500. Brian Lam and Spencer McCarty from Bob French’s studio received second place and $500.
“The reason we’ve invested in the university since 1992 is to build a bridge for students to engage with architects in practice and to continue communication with faculty,” said Carol Pedigo, executive director of AIA Middle Tennessee. “Over the years of supporting this student competition, we’ve given close to $50,000 to support students and the college.”
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