Rachel L. Murdaugh

Rachel L. Murdaugh

Asheville, NC, US




Clark Nexsen, Asheville, NC, US, Architect

May 2014 - current

The University of Tennessee - L.D. Fox, Knoxville, TN, US, Teacher's Assistant

I currently serve as a teacher's assistant in a freshman representation/drawing course at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The course is taught by Professor L.D. Fox, and the content is a continuation of the ideas he explored in Krakow, Poland.

Aug 2013 - May 2014

The University of Tennessee - L.D. Fox, Knoxville, TN, US, Research Assistant

Professor Fox spent a year in Krakow, Poland, conducting research as a Fulbright Scholar. In the last few months of his time there, I assisted him by proofreading his work and graphically designing his book, which is of yet unpublished.

Feb 2013 - Jun 2013


The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, High School, College of Architecture + Design


Aug 2009 - May 2014

Cracow University of Technology, Kraków, PL, Semester abroad

Feb 2013 - Jun 2013

Aalto University, Otaniemi, FI, Program Abroad

This program, led by Professors Scott Wall, Ken McCown, and Brian Ambroziak, was based in Helsinki, Finland. Students studied traditional methods of architectural documentation and analysis and produced designs on a site on Helsinki's Suomenlinna fortress island. Students also studied photography under Finnish master modelmaker and architectural photographer Jari Jetsonen; and Finnish history, taught by Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen.

May 2012 - Aug 2012


J. Hyatt Hammond Scholarship, Scholarship

This scholarship was awarded to me based on my dedication to the profession and what the 2018 AIA NC Chapter deemed to be a high level of leadership potential. The award funded my participation in the 2018 NC Architecture Conference.


Little Free Library Design Competition - Chronicle Books Award, Award

From Chronicle Books:
"This award was chosen by the Chronicle Books creative team with a focus on production potential. It had the additional guidelines of needing to be flat packed, not weighing more than 42lbs (19kg), and using only environmentally conscious materials.

"'The components flat pack easily, and the hinging construction of the frame streamlines assembly. Simply unfold the base frame, attach the flanges, and construct the cabinet and seat according to an instruction pamphlet using provided hardware. In effect, this design maximizes the functionality of the book kiosk as a means of emphasizing its role as an intersection of community and learning, while elegantly maintaining ease of assembly.

Reading books increases our capacity for empathy. Through the written words of another person, we are able to experience life from vantage points totally different from our own. In doing this, we enhance our ability to sympathize with various worldviews that would otherwise be totally alien to us.'

"The Chronicle Books team thought this was a thoughtful and impressive alignment of style and substance, and that the materials chosen were very smart from a production standpoint."


Tau Sigma Delta Honors Society member, Other

inducted 05/2013
I was selected to become a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honors Society. The organization accepts only the top 30% of architecture students; duties include organizing the Tau Sigma Delta Honors Review for fifth year students.


Dean's List, Other

2009 - 2013
Students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 are included in the Dean’s List. I maintained this honor for nine semesters.


EUReCA Award, Award

The Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA) showcases the efforts of exemplary students from the University of Tennessee. In order to participate in the exhibition, a student must be nominated by a faculty mentor. Professor Barbara Klinkhammer, Dipl.-Ing., nominated my design, “Sobro Elementary School.”


Hnedak Bobo Award of Excellence, 1st Place

The Award of Excellence is the highest award given by Hnedak Bobo Group as part of their Hnedak Bobo Global Design Competition. The competition rewards exceptional design work by students planning to study abroad or returning from a study abroad program. I received this award for my proposal “Sobro Elementary School” during the semester before I studied abroad in Helsinki, Finland.


EUReCA Nominated Participant, Nomination

Professor C. Draper nominated my design, “Stereoscopic Institute for Downtown Knoxville.”


Tennessee HOPE Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

I maintained my candidacy for this scholarship throughout my time in college.


National Merit Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

2009 - 2014
Through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, I received a scholarship from Eastman Chemical Company, Inc., and maintained my candidacy for this award throughout my five years in college.


University of Tennessee Presidential Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

I maintained my candidacy for this scholarship throughout the duration of its tenure.


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