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AIAS National Awards - 4th Year Design Excellence Award 2017

The Department of Architecture congratulates architecture student Holly-Lynn Tedder for receiving the national AIAS 4th Year Design Excellence Honor Award, Honorable Mention.  Presented at the national AIAS Forum in Austin, TX, this award is part of the national AIAS Honor Awards and recognizes outstanding student work in design and leadership.  The project "New Normal Townhomes" was completed while Holly-Lynn was in the Design 6 Studio taught by Jim Williamson and Andy Kitsinger.  She graduated with the BFA in Architecture in May 2017 and is now a First Year student in the professional Master of Architecture degree program.  Holly-Lynn is the AIAS AXP Licensing Advisor for the Department, the Studio Representative for all First Year M.Arch students, and a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society.

AIAS National Awards - Outstanding AIA Component Honor Award 2017

The Department of Architecture congratulates AIA Memphis on receiving the first ever national AIA Component Honor Award from AIAS national!  The award recognizes the AIA Component with the most outstanding relationship with the local chapter of AIAS which, of course, is our own UofM AIAS chapter!

AIA Chattanooga Scholarship 2017

Second year Master of Architecture student Nestor Lobos is the recipient of the AIA Chattanooga Scholarship.  This is a new scholarship funded by AIA Chattanooga for a student in the UofM M.Arch program who is also a member of AIAS.  The Department is grateful to AIA Chattanooga for its support and congratulates Nestor on this achievement.

AIA Memphis Francis Gassner Award 2017

Professor Jim Williamson received the Francis Gassner Award at the AIA Memphis Gala and Celebration of Architecture.   This is the highest award given by AIA Memphis.  It was established in 1977 to commemorate an extraordinary architect, Francis P. Gassner, FAIA, who practiced in Memphis from the 1950s until his death in 1977.  To continue his legacy of design excellence, of service to the profession, and of leadership to our community, each year AIA Memphis honors a person for outstanding contributions to the quality of the built environment in Memphis.  Jim joins other faculty members from the UofM Department of Architecture who have received this prestigious award:  professors Michael Hagge and Sherry Bryan (2011); former professor Jim Lutz (2008); and adjunct professor and UofM alum Frank Ricks (2006).

AIA Tennessee Strickland Award 2017

James F. Williamson, professor of architecture, received the William Strickland Lifetime Achievement Award for the Profession of Architecture at the AIA Tennessee Annual Conference.  Named for renowned Philadelphia architect who designed the Tennessee State Capitol in 1845, the Strickland Award is the highest honor that AIA Tennessee can bestow on an individual and "recognizes achievements of those architects who, by their skill, professionalism, dedication, ability and commitment, have consistently fostered quality in the built environment, creating a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture."  Before joining the UofM faculty in 2008, Williamson practiced in his own firm, designing churches, houses, offices, theatres and libraries, and receiving more than 30 national, regional, state and local design awards.


Welcome New M.Arch Students!

Isaac Akers (BS in Architectural Studies, Southern Illinois University)
Joshua Bellaire (BFA in Architecture, The University of Memphis)
Andrea Jiminez (Bachelor of Architecture, Universidad Técnica Particular De Loja, Ecuador)
Armin Khodadad (Bachelor of Architecture, A.B.A. University, Iran)
Holly-Lynn Tedder (BFA in Architecture, The University of Memphis)
Kate Whitaker (BS in Architectural Studies, Southern Illinois University)

Continuing M.Arch Students

Priya Kharel (Bachelor of Architecture, Purbanchal University, Nepal)
Dustin Langley (BFA in Architecture, The University of Memphis)
Nestor Lobos (BFA Architecture, The University of Memphis)
Cameron McLemore (BFA Architecture, The University of Memphis)
Martin Pantik (BFA Architecture, The University of Memphis)
Sonia Raheel (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design, The University of Memphis)
Emily Sinden-Redding (BFA Architecture, The University of Memphis)
Antonio Tirado (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design, The University of Memphis)
Brian Wilcox (MBA, The University of Memphis, BS Purdue University)


2017 Awards

AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate
Priyanka Kinikar (Master of Architecture)

AIA Henry Adams Certificate
Shiva Keyvanfar (Master of Architecture)

ARCC Jonathan King Medal for Architectural Research
Priyanka Kinikar (Master of Architecture)

Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal
Joel Jassu (BFA Architecture)

Tau Sigma Delta National Architecture Honor Society Class of 2016/2017
Priyanka Kinikar (Master of Architecture)
Jules Byers (BFA Architecture)
Kelsey van Zyl (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
James Kelley (BFA Architecture)
Holly-Lynn Tedder (BFA Architecture)

Department of Architecture Academic Achievement Award
Joel Jassu (BFA Architecture)

Design Studio Awards - Graduate
Priyanka Kinikar, Advanced Architecture Design Studio 3
Antonio Tirado, Advanced Architecture Design Studio 2
Emily Sinden-Redding, Advanced Architecture Design Studio 1

Design Studio Awards - Undergraduate
Holly-Lynn Tedder / Joel Jassu, Architecture Design Studio 6-001/002
Joel Jassu / Holly-Lynn Tedder, Architecture Design Studio 5-001/002
Jules Byers / Kelsey van Zyl, Architecture Design Studio 4-001/002
Jules Byers / Emon Safdari, Architecture Design Studio 3-001/002
Jaemi Guieb / Chris Knauf, Architecture Design Studio 2-001/002
Christen Ayoub / Jaemi Guieb, Architecture Design Studio 1-001/002

Design Competitions

Bryce Corporation
Jules Byers (BFA in Architecture), Client's Choice
Priya Kharel (Master of Architecture), Client's Choice Honorable Mention
Emon Sardari (BFA in Architecture + BFA in Interior Design, Client's Choice Honorable Mention
Nathan Bond (BFA in Architecture), Award of Distinction
Martin Pantik (Master of Architecture), Award of Merit
Nestor Lobos (Master of Architecture, Special Citation
Alicia Palacios Moreno (BFA in Architecture), Special Citation

2016/2017 Scholarships

AIA Memphis Scholarship (AIAS)
Antonio Tirado (Master of Architecture)

Department of Architecture / AIAS Merit Scholarship
Sonia Raheel (Master of Architecture)

CSI Memphis Dempsie Morrison, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Nestor Lobos (Master of Architecture)
Jules Byers (BFA Architecture)

LRK Architects Endowed Scholarship
Holly-Lynn Tedder (BFA Architecture)

Van Walton Memorial Scholarship
Cameron McLemore (Master of Architecture)
Emon Safdari (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
Christen Ayoub (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)

James Weaver Memorial Scholarship in Interior Design
 Kelsey van Zyl (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
Alexis Wehn (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)

2016 Awards

AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate
George Burns (Master of Architecture)

AIA Henry Adams Certificate
Jeremy Dollar (Master of Architecture)

Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal
Martin Pantik (BFA Architecture)

Tau Sigma Delta National Architecture Honor Society Silver Medal (Contribution to Architectural Education)
Dr. Richard R Ranta, Dean, College of Communication + Fine Arts

Tau Sigma Delta National Architecture Honor Society Class of 2015/2016
George Burns (Master of Architecture)
Nathan Bond (BFA Architecture)
Joel Jassu (BFA Architecture)
Nestor Lobos (BFA Architecture)
Cameron McLemore (BFA Architecture)
Martin Pantik (BFA Architecture)
Sonia Raheel (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
Darine Yusuf (BFA Architecture)

Master of Architecture Thesis Award Creativity Category
Karrar Al-Jassani (Master of Architecture)

Master of Architecture Thesis Award Research Category
Ashley Skrabut (Master of Architecture)

Department of Architecture Academic Achievement Award - BFA Architecture
Antonio Tirado (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)

Department of Architecture Academic Achievement Award - BFA Interior Design
Taylor Bond (BFA Interior Design)

Design Excellence Certificate of Recognition - M.Arch
Jeremy Dollar, Advanced Architecture Design Studio 3
Priyanka Kinikar, Advanced Architecture Design Studio 2

Design Excellence Award - BFA
Martin Pantik, Architecture Design Studio 5

Design Excellence Honorable Mention - BFA
Joel Jassu, Architecture Design Studio 3

Design Communication Competition - Hand Drawn
Shiva Keyvanfar, Winner (Master of Architecture)
George Burns, Honorable Mention (Master of Architecture)

Design Communication Competition - Digital
Dakota Wyatt, Winner (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
Amanda McGillvery, Honorable Mention (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)

2015/2016 Scholarships

AIA Memphis Scholarship (AIAS)
Shiva Keyvanfar (Master of Architecture)

Department of Architecture / AIAS Merit Scholarship
Priyanka Kinikar (Master of Architecture)

CSI Memphis Dempsie Morrison, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Nestor Lobos (BFA in Architecture)
Joel Jassu (BFA Architecture)

LRK Architects Endowed Scholarship
Joel Jassu (BFA Architecture)

Van Walton Memorial Scholarship 
Cameron McLemore (BFA in Architecture)
Sonia Raheel (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
Antonio Tirado (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)

James Weaver Memorial Scholarship in Interior Design
Jules Byers (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
Alexis Wehn (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)

Interior Design Alumni Scholarship
Jules Byers (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
Alexis Wehn (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)

2015 Awards

AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate
Megan Hoover (Master of Architecture)

AIA Henry Adams Certificate
Rose Pereira (Master of Architecture)

ARCC Jonathan King Medal for Architectural Research
Megan Hoover (Master of Architecture)

ARCC Jonathan King Medal Honorable Mention
Rose Pereira (Master of Architecture)

Tau Sigma Delta National Architecture Honor Society Bronze Medal
Megan Hoover (Master of Architecture)

Tau Sigma Delta National Architecture Honor Society Silver Medal (Excellence in Design)
Frank Ricks, Founding Principal, LRK Architects

Tau Sigma Delta National Architecture Honor Society Silver Medal (Contribution to Architectural Education)
Sherry Bryan, Director of Architecture and Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture, Department of Architecture

Tau Sigma Delta National Architecture Honor Society Class of 2014/2015
Taylor Bond (BFA Interior Design)
Antonio Tirado (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)

Department of Architecture Graduate Achievement Award
Megan Hoover (Master of Architecture)

Department of Architecture Academic Achievement Award
Emily Sinden-Redding (BFA Architecture)

Design Excellence Award - M.Arch
Megan Hoover, Master of Architecture Thesis Studio

Design Excellence Honorable Mention - M.Arch
Megan Hoover, Advanced Architecture Design Studio 3

Design Excellence Award - BFA
Matt Pate, Architecture Design Studio 6

Design Excellence Honorable Mention - BFA
Martin Pantik, Architecture Design Studio 4

2015/2016 Scholarships

AIA Memphis Scholarship (AIAS)
Karrar Al Jassani (Master of Architecture)

CSI Memphis Dempsie Morrison, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Nestor Lobos (BFA in Architecture)
Joel Jassu (BFA Architecture)

LRK Architects Endowed Scholarship
Karrar Al Jassani (Master of Architecture)

Van Walton Memorial Scholarship
Nestor Lobos (BFA in Architecture)
Sonia Raheel (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
Antonio Tirado (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)
Joel Jassu (BFA Architecture)

James Weaver Memorial Scholarship in Interior Design
Taylor Bond (BFA Interior Design)
Sonia Raheel (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)

Interior Design Alumni Scholarship
Sonia Raheel (BFA Architecture + BFA Interior Design)