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Tricia Stuth, associate professor of architecture in UT’s College of Architecture and Design, was recently elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

The fellowship program honors architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level and achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Only 3 percent of the 90,000 AIA members have earned this distinction.

Stuth is the sixth faculty member of the college to be named a fellow. She was selected in recognition of her work to further the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice.

Stuth’s dedication to understanding design as influenced by culture, technology, politics and place has allowed her to make significant contributions to the field of architecture and connect with students, faculty, and professionals.

Within the college, she structures interdisciplinary courses, community partnerships, and design/build education to embed student learning in real-world places, experiences, and values. Stuth co-founded the college’s Design/Build/Evaluate initiative and recently penned a chapter for Designbuild Education, a book that brings together the world’s best-known design/build educators.

Stuth joined UT in 2004. In 2010, she received both the AIA Young Architect Award and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture/AIA Students New Faculty Teaching Award.

In 2009, Stuth and Robert French, adjunct associate professor in the college, led an interdisciplinary team of 50 students in a three-year design of the New Norris House, which was named a 2013 Top 10 AIA Green Project and received the Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Sustainable Design Award among other national awards.

In 2013, she helped establish UT’s Smart Communities Initiative, a program of community engagement, service-learning, and research, and has led two studios in support of communities in the region. She actively contributes to shaping the School of Architecture’s curriculum, most recently through a faculty collaboration to redesign materials and building technology courses.

In 2016, she and her husband, Ted Shelton, associate professor of architecture at the college and AIA fellow, were selected as Virginia Design Medalists and Affiliated Fellows at the American Academy in Rome. Much of their research from the Rome experience will be included in “For Operative Preservation,” an article Stuth and Shelton are writing for Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in architectural studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Stuth practiced with several award-winning firms and contributed to the design of the Sidwell Friends Middle School in Washington, DC, which was the first school in the world to have a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating. Stuth is also co-founder and partner in the firm curb.

This year’s class of AIA fellows included 178 professionals. Many alumni and current faculty of the college have earned this distinction. Current faculty fellows include Marleen Davis, TK Davis, John McRae, Scott Poole, and Ted Shelton.

Alumni of the college who have earned the distinction include Keith Boswell, Charles Eley, Robin Ellerthorp, Gary Everton, Mike Fitts, Hunter Gee, Ron Gobbell, Duane Grieve, Kem Hinton, Greg Hnedak, Robert Jernigan, Ken Ross Jr., Bryan Shiles, Randall Stout, George Thrush, Dan Watch, and Barry Yoakum.



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