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October in Knoxville is [Knoxville] By Design

Hosted by AIA East Tennessee, in partnership with a number of allied organizations, [Knoxville] By Design promotes the importance of architecture and the power of design in creating the places that give shape to our stories, our lives, and our communities.

It is part of National Architecture Week and World Architecture Day, celebrated each October.

PARK(ing) Day

Friday, September 16
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
No Cost

Allied Partners: City of Knoxville and East Tennessee Community Design Center

Aerial Photography provided by Tailwind Productions 

Join us on Gay Street as Knoxville artists, architects, activists, planners, local businesses, and average citizens display their creativity and transform ordinary on-street parking spaces into pop-up installations.

PARK(ing) Day challenges us to re-think the use of public space by converting metered parking spaces into temporary parklets; from space dedicated to stationary cars to ones filled with people and activity.  Since it’s inception in San Francisco in 2005, this annual event has spread around the world, always taking place on the third Friday of September.

The deadline to apply for a PARK(ing) Day space is Friday, September 2nd, 2022.

Art Salon


Friday, October 7
@ The Emporium
No Cost

Sponsored by The Knoxville Museum of Art through the William Shell Endowment Fund

Allied Partner: CSI Knoxville Chapter

Join us for the First Friday gallery opening celebrating the vast range of original works of art created by architects and related professionals in East Tennessee. The Art Salon exhibit will run throughout October at the Emporium.

Trivia Night


Tuesday, October 18
@ Printshop Beer Co.
$10 per person

Hosted by IIDA Tennessee Chapter

Allied Partner: NOMAS UTK

Join us for a fun night of trivia with trivia guru, Brad Overton and put your pop-culture and regional architectural and design knowledge to the test. Custom trophies created by Derek White of Bird on the Wire Studios to be awarded to the top 3 teams. All proceeds go to support the UTK NOMAS chapter. This event is open to everyone.

Design Slam


Thursday, October 27
@ Printshop Beer Co.
No Cost to Enter

Sponsored by Proficient Engineering

Design SLAM! Knoxville is a fast-paced, live competition focused on design thinking, urban design and presentation. Each year, the event pits teams of Knoxville area designers against one another to solve a local design challenge. This year the competition will focus on an area of intervention and redevelopment in on Martin Luther King Blvd in conjunction with the Community Collaborative.

Teams consisting of makers, architectural designers and allied professionals will be given 1.5 hours to develop and present a solution to the audience and a panel of judges. The People’s Choice – selected by popular vote during the event – and an overall winner will be presented with custom fabricated trophies.

We encourage anyone interested in design and urban planning to come grab a beer, and root for your favorite team.

Knox Bricks & Brews


Friday, October 21
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
$30 per person

Sponsored by General Shale, East Tennessee Masonry Association,
Southeast Concrete Masonry Association

Allied Partners: Beyond a Brick

Join us for a one night only pop-up Brick Bar. Drink, chat, and play with LEGO in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere. For those that like a little competition, LEGO builds can be entered for judging in one of several fun categories for a nominal entry fee. Open Bar and Fiesta appetizer snacks included in the ticket price.

Registration will be limited to 60 people. The event will adhere to any current Knox County regulations for dining and bar establishments.

Knox Bricks & Blocks


Saturday, October 22
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
No Cost

Allied Partners: Beyond a Brick

We invite kids, ages 5-18, to work with architects and designers to create the home of the future for a mini-fig family on a specific assigned site. After working and doing school from home, now is the opportunity to share ideas for designing and creating a home that makes living easier with today’s current needs and challenges. Participants will be paired with a local design professional to walk through the programming phase to come up with their own design for a mini-fig family and their needs. Master Builder Certificates will be issued upon completion of the program. The event will adhere to any current Knox County regulations and CDC recommendations for indoor events involving children.  All volunteers will be masked.

Virtual Option:  There will also be a Virtual option for those not wishing to participate in person.  (3) pictures of the custom home with short description of the home design shall be emailed to [email protected]  by noon on Thursday, October 21.  The description shall describe a family of 4 and their needs for their home, work, school and how the program was addressed in the build.    Please title the email:  KBB 2021 entry.  Include: Name, Age and mailing address for the certificate to be mailed too.  The architects will review all the designs submitted and send feedback with the certificate.  

Please allow plenty of time to park in nearby parking garages. Registration required. 

Register for free.  Because of current Covid-19 status, registration will be limited to 30-in person participants to allow for social distancing. MASKS for all attendees will be required.

Sights & Stories

SIGHTS AND STORIES – Architectural Walking Tour

Saturday, October 29
10:00AM – Noon
@ Parkridge
No Cost

Hosted by Knox Heritage and Knoxville History Project

More info soon.

People's Choice Vote

Design Awards: Online People’s Choice Vote

September 1 – 24 | No Cost

Cast your vote for the best new architecture in East Tennessee. 

Thank you to our Allied Partners:

Thank you to our Presenting Partners:

Shannon Foster Boline Group

Thank you to our Host Partners:

Thank you to our Contributing Partners:

The Christman Company
Kelso-Regen Associates
Knoxville Blue Print
Lauderdale Design Group
LHP Capital
Schluter Systems
Shaw Floors

Thank you to our Foundation Partners:

Thank you to our In-Kind Partners:

Ackermann PR
ACS Print

2021 Knox by Design Committee:

Michelle Benjamin
Gary T. Bergeron
Adam Buchanan
Jason Cole
Hollie Cook
Ellen DeVoe
Britt Elmore
Richard-Allen Foster, Chair
Tyler Goza
Justin Hare
Matthew Jordan

Lauren McCarty
Trey McMillion
Michelle Mokry
Alli Montgomery, Co-Chair
Andrew Oxenham
Sarah Peacock
Barbie Thomas
Jesse Wagner
Elizabeth Wetherall
Steven Whitmore II
Haley Zimmerman

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