Knoxville By Design

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Architecture Week

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Design Awards: Online People’s Choice Vote

March 28 – April 11

Cast your vote for the best new architecture in East Tennessee. The poll opens on March 28th and runs through 6pm on April 11th. The winning project will be announced at the 2018 Design Awards Gala on April 14th at Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum.


Instagram Contest #knoxbydesign

March 28 – April 11

First Friday Art Salon

Friday, April 06, 5:30pm-8:30pm

@ The Fixture Co. Building

304 W. Jackson Ave.

In partnership with IIDA Join us for the First Friday pop-up gallery celebrating 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. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

Modernism Home Tour

Saturday, April 07 10am – 4PM

Sponsored by Mid Mod Collective

In Partnership with the Knoxville Symphony League

Join us for the 2018 Modernism Home Tour. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to peak inside eight of Knoxville’s modern gems including an award-winning minimalist glass house on the bluff overlooking Sequoyah Hills and a recently-renovated 1903 downtown residence. This year’s tour includes the four luxury residences decorated by local designers in the brand new TENNESSEAN Person Hotel and Residences which are a part of the Symphony Designer ShowHouse 2018.

Follow us on Facebook for updates featuring this year’s homes.

Check-in opens 9:00am at Mid Mod Collective

Houses open at 10:00am and close at 4:00pm
Check-in will close at 12:30pm

$25 per person, children 15 and under are free.

(A portion of the ticket sales goes to support the Knoxville Symphony League)

Purchase Tickets online here!


Monday, April 9 6PM

@ Cox Auditorium / Alumni Memorial Building

Hosted by The University of Tennessee College of Architecture & Design
Funded by the General Shale Lecture Series

After more than 40 years of working in the field, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaarecently closed his independent practice. A prolific author, essayist, professor, critic, and former museum director, he’s since focused his creative energy on teaching and writing about architecture.

(From Dwell Magazine, August 2015)

No Cost

The Symposium

Tuesday, April 10 6:30PM-7:30PM
@ Scruffy City Hall


(told with images in seven minutes each)

This year the Design Symposium explores the style, influences and decisions that gave shape to six architectural projects in Knoxville (or thereabouts).

Jennifer Akerman on Beardsley Community Farm
Mark Heinz on the Daylight Building
Dawn Michelle Foster on Suttree Landing Park
Avigail Sachs on Norris Dam
Doug McCarty on the UT Art and Architecture Building
Kelly Headden on the UT Natalie L. Haslam School of Music

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Design Slam

Thursday, April 12 5:30PM-7:30PM
@ The Square Room

In Partnership with the East Tennessee Community Design Center
Sponsored by Tennessee Lighting Sales

Design SLAM! Knoxville is a live fast-paced architectural competition of design prowess and presentation. DSKv5 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.

Follow us on Facebook for updates featuring this year’s challenge and teams.

Knox Bricks & Blocks

Saturday, April 14 2pm-4pm
@ UT Conference Center

In Partnership with Beyond a Brick
Sponsored by General Shale

Welcome to the 1982 World’s Fair Tower Design Competition! We invite students and families to join us for a fun LEGO build competition. Teams will be challenged to brainstorm, design, and collaborate to construct a tower that reimagines Knoxville’s landmark tower. Teams composed of students and local Architects will compete head-to-head for the grand prize and various “best of” prizes.

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$5 Entry Fee per kid. RSVP Here.

Design Awards Gala

Saturday, April 14 5:30pm
@ Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Sponsored by SESCO

A red carpet event in celebration of local architectural and design community. All are welcome. Stick around for the after party featuring ELENOWEN.

Purchase Tickets online here!

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