Last week, representatives of Red Chair Architects (event sponsors) attended the AIAETN and University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design’s “5th Year Midterm Review” at the Foundry in Downtown Knoxville. Each year during the Spring semester, 5th year and graduate students from the UT College of Architecture and Design program gather together to present their projects to local and regional architectural professionals.
This annual event provides an excellent opportunity for professionals and students to interact and exchange ideas. Not only do the students benefit from this interaction and critique of their design projects, but professionals get an opportunity to see the talent of the upcoming graduating class firsthand.
Red Chair Architects prides itself on maintaining a strong, supportive relationship with the university’s architecture program. In addition to sponsoring events and opening the doors of their practice to various classes throughout the year, staff members of Red Chair Architects periodically sit in on design reviews. Some members of the firm- most recently Sean Martin and Paul McCall- serve as adjunct faculty members, bringing real world experience to the academic design studio.
Below are images from Dianna Osickey’s 5th year thesis project final presentation. The site of her project was at Fontana Dam in Fontana, North Carolina. The project program was a research facility to study the energy production on site and to incorporate new technologies. The dam was refaced with solar panels and wind turbines will catch the swift winds that tunnel down the dam to the river level. Researches, students, and Appalachian Trail hikers will all have the opportunity to collaborate on site and share stories about the landscape around them.