University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Tennessee Architecture Fellowship

The Tennessee Architecture Fellowship is awarded bi-annually to a scholar or practitioner at or near the beginning of their teaching career. Fellows are appointed at the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor and spend two academic years in the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville, Tennessee. Fellows teach three courses and pursue a critical self-driven design research or scholarship project supported by access to a research budget. This research is shared with the College of Architecture and Design community through a lecture and an exhibit at the end of the second year.  The Tennessee Architecture Fellowship is awarded competitively on a bi-annual basis, but successful Fellows are eligible, upon review of their teaching, research, and creative practice, to be reappointed for a third year, subject to staffing priorities. This will be a full-time, non-tenure track appointment.

This Fellowship is designed to recognize and foster emerging design educators whose work shows extraordinary promise for the future of the discipline of architecture. We welcome diverse approaches and projects, but will give special consideration to applications which foreground equity, justice, and advocacy within the one or both of the following themes:

  1. Regional Globalism. The School of Architecture is positioned in a region with an extraordinary legacy of three federally funded initiatives. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has irrefutably impacted the culture of the region; the infrastructure of hydroelectric, nuclear, and coal-powered energy production has broad implications for the relationship of energy production, consumption, and patterns of settlement and use. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a community of international computation scientists working on Department of Energy sponsored research that will impact the future of building industries, transportation systems and modes of manufacturing. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM), the nation’s most visited national park, offers an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between the natural environment and manmade systems and to calibrate new environmentalisms. The School of Architecture is focused on these noteworthy regional conditions and is looking for creative scholarship and design research initiatives that engage the region in order to speak to and about the world.
  2. Computational Design and Digital Fabrication Technologies. The College of Architecture and Design facilities include a 20,000 square-foot Fab Lab in in downtown Knoxville. This facility boasts approximately one million dollars in state-of-the-art fabrication tools, CNC machines, AR/VR equipment, high-resolution digital scanners, and large-scale industrial robotic arms. These technologies allow students and faculty to explore computational design, digital fabrication, design-build and large-scale making that, in part, defines the region of East Tennessee.Students and faculty are excited about this infrastructure and about the ways it extends our capacity for meaningfully engagement in the profession and discipline of architecture. We invite Fellowship applicants that can leverage these remarkable capacities and execute impactful research through design and making in the context of digital technologies.

While priority will be given to Fellow applications that foreground one of these two strategic initiatives, the selection committee will also consider strong candidates whose research is tangential or outside the proposed lines of inquiry.


Architects and designers from a range of allied design professions and disciplines who are interested in operating in an educational capacity and can demonstrate a significant engagement with architecture as a medium of design are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials in the form of a single PDF (not larger than 25 MB):

  • Letter of Purpose
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • One-page proposal describing the design/research project to be undertaken
  • Ten-page digital portfolio of design/research work
  • Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted at the finalist stage)
  • Please title the PDF: Lastname_Firstname_TNFellow.pdf
  • Submit the PDF by email attachment to

Planned Timeline

  • January 6, 2023: Review of Applications Begin
  • January-February 2023: Phone Interviews with Intermediate Short List
  • March-April 2023: Campus Interviews for Finalists
  • April 2023 or later: Announcement of 2020-21 Tennessee Architecture Fellow

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The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.