TN Architecture Fellowship

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The Tennessee Architecture Fellowship is awarded annually to someone at or near the beginning of a teaching career. Appointed at the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor, the Tennessee Architecture Fellow spends one academic year in the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville. Fellows will teach three courses and pursue a self-driven design research, creative scholarship, or critical project. The year as Fellow culminates in a lecture/presentation and exhibit of the research within the College of Architecture and Design. While the Tennessee Architecture Fellowship will be awarded competitively on an annual basis, successful Fellows are eligible to have their academic appointments renewed for a second year, dependent on staffing priorities and upon review of their teaching, research and creative practice. This will be a full-time, non-tenure track appointment.

This initiative will recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work shows extraordinary promise for the future of the discipline of architecture. Two strategic research themes have been established to both organize the school’s approach to this initiative and to help candidates prepare competitive applications:  

1.  Energy + Urbanism.  The School of Architecture is positioned in a region with an amazing legacy of federally funded initiatives. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has irrefutably impacted the culture of our region. The infrastructure of hydroelectric, nuclear, and coal-powered energy production has broad implications on the relationship of energy production, consumption, and patterns of settlement and use. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a community of international computation scientists working on Department of Energy sponsored research that will impact the future of building industries, transportation systems and modes of manufacturing. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) is the nation’s most visited national park and constitutes a third point of interest within the region of East Tennessee. As the relationships between the natural environment and manmade systems change to reflect shifts in conceptions of the environment, large acres of managed wilderness offer the opportunity to calibrate new environmentalisms. The School of Architecture is focused on these noteworthy regional conditions and is looking for creative scholarship and design research initiatives that engage the region in order to speak to and about the world. 

2. Digital Craft. In the fall of 2014, the College of Architecture and Design opened the Fab Lab in a historic masonry building in downtown Knoxville. The 20,000 square-foot facility boasts approximately $1M in new tools and machines including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills and routers, a large-bed waterjet cutter, and three industrial robotic arms for large scale fabrication. This new tooling adds to a shop culture that is well equipped with standard metal and woodworking equipment. These new technologies allow students and faculty to explore digital fabrication and extend the purview of craft-based production that, in part, defines the sensibilities of the region of East Tennessee. Students and faculty are excited about this new infrastructure and how it extends our capacity for meaningfully engaging the profession and discipline of architecture. Given these new capacities for the School of Architecture, we invite Fellowship applicants interested in executing impactful research through making in the context of digital fabrication. 

While priority will be given to Fellow applications that foreground one of these two strategic initiatives, the selection committee will also consider strong candidates whose research is tangential or outside the proposed lines of inquiry.


Architects and designers from a range of allied design professions and disciplines who are interested in operating in an educational capacity and can demonstrate a significant engagement with architecture as a medium of design are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials in the form of a single PDF (not larger than 25 MB):

                •   Letter of Purpose

                •   Current curriculum vitae

                •   One-page proposal describing the design/research project                                to be undertaken

                •   Ten-page digital portfolio of design/research work

                •   Names and contact information for three references (to be                                contacted at the finalist stage)

                •   Please title the PDF: Lastname_Firstname_TNFellow.pdf

                •   Submit the PDF by email attachment to                                                    


                December 9, 2019_     Review of Applications Begin

                January 2020_            Phone Interviews with Intermediate                                                                    Short List

                February 2020_           Campus Interviews for Finalists

                March 2020_               Announcement of 2020-21 Tennessee                                                              Architecture Fellow

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The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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