Michael Vineyard

Michael Vineyard

Knoxville, TN, US

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I am currently pursuing my Master of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I enjoy wavering wildly in my design thinking between the poles of pragmatism and speculation - never satisfied to grow comfortable forming rigid ideas about architecture. I find thoughtfulness, rigor, and situational awareness to be critical in the practice of architecture - each of these as valuable or more than any technical or creative prowess. Architecture constantly engages the political, the social, the cultural, the historical, the infrastructural, etc. etc. Exciting opportunities arise when architects actively engage with these interfaces mentally, physically, and in the design process. I look forward to engaging the profession in a way that constantly pushes for meaning and depth in the products of architectural practice.


The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

In 2019, I have worked as a teaching assistant for the second-year technical sequence in the CoAD undergraduate architecture curriculum. These courses are centered around active engagement with the students as they are introduced to essential topics of structure, material expression, tectonics, and building analysis. The technical courses operate on an evenly split lab + lecture structure. Each cohort is about 80 students; this has afforded me the experience of being assigned as an instructor for a studio section (15-18 students) each semester. The opportunity to engage with students who are making discoveries and asking critical questions has offered a unique and hands-on position in the educational process.

Jan 2019 - current

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, Graduate Research Assistant

During this period, I assisted Professor Marshall Prado with his research in fabrication using composites. This research period was an opportunity for experimentation and refinement of a design proposal; A tower composed of many parts wound by a robotic arm around an apparatus using fiberglass and carbon fiber impregnated with resin. Marshall Prado was awarded a grant to construct the tower in 2019, and I was able to assist in the process of fabricating and curing the components during the Summer of 2019. The tower was assembled and showcased at Exhibit Columbus in late August.

Aug 2018 - Jan 2019

SRA Architects, Pigeon Forge, TN, US, Architectural Intern

May 2018 - Aug 2018

Perkins & Williamson Architecture, Hattiesburg, MS, US, Architectural Intern

I worked as a long-term intern at Perkins & Williamson during my final two years of undergraduate study. Through my experiences at P&W, I gained exposure to the construction industry, the typical architectural project process (Design, Bid, Build), construction documentation, architectural visualization, and master planning (among other things). My main role during this time was to assist in the production and progression of projects in the design development and construction documents phases. I gained significant experience in construction documentation during this time, which enabled me to earn a CDT (Construction Documents Technologist) designation. This experience contributed to my ongoing interest in expressiveness and rigor in construction and detail drawing. I find it an integral part of the architect's creative process.

Feb 2016 - Jun 2017


The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, MArch, Master of Architecture - 3.5 yr track

May 2017 - current

The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, US, Bachelors, Architectural Engineering Technology

Aug 2012 - May 2017

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