Samuel Mortimer

Samuel Mortimer

Dallas, TX, US



Hello, world. My name is Samuel and I hold a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee. Following graduation, I helped lead a design-build project called the New Norris House at my alma mater as a Lecturer and Researcher. As a member of the larger project team since its inception, I was critical to overseeing the project’s total sustainability effort, systems integration, and receipt of a plethora of honors (2013 AIA Top-10 Green Award, 2013 ACSA Design-Build Award, 2014 ALSA National Honor Award for Research, etc). My research related to building science in the residential sector and academic design-build pedagogy has been presented and published internationally. 

I am now an Architect at Good Fulton & Farrell Architects in Dallas, Texas.


Samuel's School Blog on Archinect:

A New Norris House: Phase IV : Live-In Evaluation and Monitoring of a design/build effort

The New Norris House is a design/build effort from the University of Tennessee's College of Architecture and Design. Began in 2009, the home was designed and built by UT students in collaboration with Clayton Homes.

The built project is now complete and the final phase of the project has begun. A team of 4 people (2 living in the home, and 2 graduate researchers) will rigorously document the experience via qualitative assessments and quantitative measurements, posting results to this blog.

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Samuel's School Blog on Archinect:

University of Tennessee (Samuel) : Adventures in KnoxVegas as kings and queens of our concrete castle

School blog of BArch student Samuel Mortimer kept from 2008 - 2011. Mostly late-night musings of the studio, but with an emphasis of the events of the College of Architecture and Design and University of Tennessee on the whole.

Later blogs discuss participation in the New Norris House project, as both a student and researcher hired after graduation.

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Samuel's School Blog on Archinect:

ETH Zürich (Samuel)

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GFF, Dallas, TX, US, Senior Project Coordinator - Architect

Nov 2013 - current

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Lecturer in College of Architecture and Design

Assisting construction and project management of A New Norris House (a design/build effort began by myself and 3 other students two years ago) within the College of Architecture and Design. The home is a collaboration between Clayton Homes (certified module) and is seeking LEED for Homes Platinum certification.

Responsibilities include:

-Helped lead completion of construction documentation
-Final coordination, observation, and critical assessment of the factory production, transport, and installation of Clayton Homes modules
-LEED for Homes Coordinator (refined and integrated LEED criteria into construction, permit, and project specifications; generated documentation for submission-- currently projecting LEED for Homes Platinum Certification)
-Coordination with construction manager and specialty contractors responsible for executing subcontracted portions of work
-Coordination of regulatory needs (variances, permits, inspections, etc)
-Coordination and oversight of all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems
-Aided in the development and launch of a sophisticated quantitative energy monitoring and evaluation effort
-General on-site labor (rough carpentry, finish work, MEP troubleshooting, landscape and site-work, etc)
-Primary author and editor of 266pp. forthcoming publication
-Public relations coordinator and primary media contact
-Website design and administration

May 2010 - Nov 2013

Sanders Pace Architecture, Architectural Intern

Aug 2012 - Dec 2012


The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, BArch, Architecture

Received 5 year BArch degree in the spring of 2010.

Spent one semester abroad at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH) studying under the Chair of Professor Josep Lluís Mateo.

Aug 2005 - May 2010


2011 NCARB Prize, Award

The NCARB Prize is awarded annually to academic projects in recognition of the creative integration of practice and the academy.


Torchbearer, Award

"The Torchbearer is the highest student honor conferred by the University of Tennessee. Torchbearers are Seniors who have served their Alma Mater with overall excellence. It is award for academic achievements and outstanding commitments to others as demonstrated by various activities and significant contributions to the University and the community. Students chosen for this award embody the Volunteer spirit, displaying initiative and service in the best interest of both the University and their fellow student."


Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Award

"In 1931, the Grand Council of Alpha Rho Chi established the Alpha Rho Chi Medal to 'encourage professional leadership by rewarding student accomplishment.' The Fraternity provides the medal to selected schools of architecture throughout the country to be awarded to the graduating senior who has shown an affinity for leadership, performed willing service for the school or department, and gives promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality."


EPA P3 Phase I and II Awards, Grant

Awarded $85,000 in seed funding as part of a small student team to design and build the New Norris House within the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Learn more about the project at

"EPA's P3 – People, Prosperity, and the Planet—Program is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. P3 offers students quality hands-on experience that brings their classroom learning to life.

The competition has two phases. For the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $10,000 grant to develop their idea. They bring the design in April to the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington DC to compete for the P3 Award and a grant of $75,000 to take their design to real world application. "


EUReCA Top Undergraduate Research Award, Award

As part of a small student design team, the New Norris House project was recognized with the Top Undergraduate Research Award in 2009 at the University of Tennessee's annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement.

This honor has never been achieved by another project in the College of Architecture and Design.


UT Knoxville, Student Goverment Association Senator of the Year, Award

Recognized by the Student Government Association as Senator of The Year for work as student senator representing the College of Architecture and Design.


UT Knoxville, Student Goverment Association Senator of the Year, Award

Recognized by the Student Government Association as Senator of The Year for work as student senator representing the College of Architecture and Design.


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