AIA East Tennessee
Architecture Week 2017

April 7 – April 15


What is Architecture Week 2017?

Architecture Week 2017 is a week of activities and events that celebrate the places that give shape to our stories, our lives, and our communities.


Art Salon

Sponsored by Genna Sellers Photography

+ A Behind the Scenes Tour

Hosted by Knox Heritage

The third annual First Friday pop-up gallery to celebrate and showcase the vast range of original works of art created by architects and related professionals in East Tennessee. Don’t miss out on this one-night only event in conjunction with a Behind the Scene’s Tour hosted by Knox Heritage. From Scratch Foods (food truck) will be there.

Friday, April 7
Kern’s Bakery – 2110 Chapman Highway

Opening reception:
April 7, 2017 – 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Knox Heritage Tour:
April 7, 2017 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The tour is free for current KH members. Visit for more info or to become a member.

Jack Neely Walking Tour
Downtown Performance Venues

Sponsored by Knoxville Mercury

Inspired by Knoxville’s Big Ears and Rhythm and Blooms festivals, join us for a walk and talk with historian and author, Jack Neely highlighting downtown Knoxville’s historic theatres and event spaces.

Civic Auditorium and Coliseum | Bijou Theatre | Tennessee Theatre | Tennessee Amphitheatre | Scruffy City Hall | The Square Room | The Standard | The Mill and Mine

Saturday, April 8th
9:00am to 12:30pm
Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
(free parking available)

$10 per adult. Children 12 and under are free. (Proceeds go to support The Knoxville History Project)

Purchase Tickets online here.

Kazuyo Sejima

Hosted by the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

As co-founder of the multiple award-winning international architectural firm, SANAA, and a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize for Architecture, Kazuyo will present, “Environment and Architecture,” an introspection of how her interests translate into architecture.

Saturday, April 8 – 4pm
(doors open at 3 p.m.)
Bijou Theater

Free and open to the public.

Design SLAM! Knoxville Vol. 4

Sponsored by Messer Construction

Design SLAM! Knoxville is a live fast-paced architectural competition of design prowess and presentation. DSKv4 will pit teams from Knoxville’s architecture firms against one another to solve a Knoxville design challenge. Teams will be given 1.5 hours to come up with and present their solution to the audience and a panel of guest judges for both juried and a people’s choice favorites. Come, grab a beer, and root for your favorite team.

Wednesday, April 12
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Schulz Bräu Brewing Company

Free and open to the public.

The Design Symposium
What Makes a Livable City?

Sponsored by Tennessee Lighting Sales

As the pace of Knoxville’s development accelerates there are critical questions to ask. Each year the AIA Design Symposium tackles one of these questions. This year our presenters are provided 7 minutes each to answer the question: What makes a livable city? Answers range from the role of public places, density development, walkability, and city identifying amenities.

Moderator – George Dodds, Professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design and Author of the Architecture Matters column in the Knoxville Mercury

Carol Evans, Legacy Parks
Marshall Stair, Knoxville City Council
Jack Neely, The Knoxville History Project
Brian Hann, Dewhirst Properties / Appalachian Bike Club
Wayne Blasius, East Tennessee Community Design Center
Keith Kaseman and Julie Beckman, KBAS

Friday, April 14
7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Square Room

Free and open to the public.

Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

Self-paced driving tour

It was the era of the ‘Mad Men.’ Mid-century modern design embodied the optimism of America following the Second World War and was decidedly about looking forward with a belief in the future. This spirit influenced everything from furniture to fashion and graphic design to industrial design, but most people best associate the style with Architecture. And the world is still crazy for it.

How about you, are you mad about Mid-century Modern Design? Then join us for this rare opportunity to see the interiors and gardens of 7 homes designed by local and national architects, while highlighting the time period’s distinctive architecture, design, and lifestyle.

Saturday, April 15

Check-in opens 9:00am at Mid Mod Collective and Wild Love Bakehouse
Houses open at 10:00am and close at 4:00pm
Check-in will close at 12:30pm

$10 per person, children 12 and under are free.

Purchase Tickets online here.

“Focus on what surrounds you”
#iLookUpKnox Instagram Contest

What do you see when you look up?  Look up from the chaos of everyday life. Take in everything around you. Show us what you see.

This campaign challenges us to think of Architecture as a Solution.  The buildings and spaces create a time stamp of what life is like in that moment.

Post your photographs on Instagram with the hashtag #ilookupknox between March 15th-April 15. Winners will be announced at the Annual AIA Awards Gala on April 21st.  We want to know what you see when you “look up” in Knoxville.

Other hashtags to include: #ilookup #archweek17 #architecture #aiaetn #iSeeTNArch


Best New Architecture in East Tennessee
People’s Choice Vote
AIA East Tennessee
Design Awards Program

Cast your vote for the best new architecture in East Tennessee. The poll opens on April 8th and runs through 6pm on April 21st.

The winning project will be announced at the 2017 Design Awards Gala on April 21st at the Southern Railway Station. Ticket information will be out soon.


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