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Pam Hurley, adjunct instructor, student Megan Hoover, and Professor Sherry Bryan will have a display called A Way of Seeing, March 25 to April 12 at GPAC.

Professor Michael Chisamore presented the paper “Architecture and Narrative: Designing with Invisible Cities” to the Design Communication Association Conference at Oklahoma State University in October. The paper explored the relationship of audience to various forms of design communication using the work of his first year Design Visualization students. Michael’s design drawing “Stony Brook Bridge” was exhibited in the DCA Bi-annual Exhibit along with the design illustration work of BFA in Interior Design students Christopher Thompson and Anne Smith. Second year Master of Architecture student Gauri Shitole won the graduate observational drawing “Best of Category” award for her drawing of a Hindu temple.


Megan Hoover, fourth year BFA in Architecture and BFA in Interior Design Honors student and second year BFA in Architecture student Yasmin Jafari attended the national Grass Roots” conference of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in Washington, DC. Megan serves as president of the Memphis Chapter and Ms. Jafari serves as president elect. Professor Jeanne Myers, faculty co-advisor, also attended. This summer, the chapter co-hosted the 2012 “Redefining Design” conference of the Gulf States Regional Council of the American Institute of Architects. In addition, the AIA Memphis Gala and Celebration of Architecture Silent Auction raised almost $1000 for the Department. This was coordinated by the American Institute of Architecture Students and faculty co-advisor professor Sherry Bryan.

Mario Walker (Master of Architecture 2012, BFA in Architecture 2007), was appointed to the board of directors of the Memphis Zoo. His thesis is being used by the zoo in a capital campaign for improvements to the elephant and related exhibits.

Third year interior design students, Ally StephensLeigh Barker and Soo Min Kim are finalists for the I Like Design Internship Competition. There are a total of eight finalists. The winner gets a paid internship and housing expenses for summer 2013 at Gresham, Smith and Partners corporate headquarters.

New Faculty

Jeanne Myers has been named an assistant professor. Jeanne is a registered architect and holds a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. Prior to this appointment, Jeanne was an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis for nine semesters.

Jenna Thompson has been appointed an assistant professor. She is a LEED BD+C, ID+C Accredited Professional and holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Auburn and a Master of Architecture from the University of Memphis. Before receiving this appointment, Jenna was an adjunct instructor within the Department of Architecture. Jenna is currently working toward a doctorate of Higher Education at U of M. Jenna received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award from the Department of Leadership in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.

Peter Warren joins the faculty as an adjunct professor. He is a registered architect and LEED BD+C, ID+C Accredited Professional and founding principal of Warren Architecture. He earned a M.Arch from the University of Michigan and a BA from Rhodes College. Peter is a current board member of AIA Memphis, and past board member of USGBC Memphis.


Professor James Williamson has published his second book entitled The Ravine. The book was inspired by real events and is set during the early years of the Civil Rights movement. The book details the events and fallout of a racially-motivated murder. James designed the recently completed addition to the award-winning headquarters of Ballet Memphis, also designed by James, and is advising Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on acoustical improvements to the historic building.

Professor Sherry Bryan, director of the Architecture program and coordinator of graduate studies in Architecture, was selected by the Center for Research on Women as one of the 100 Years – 100 Women honorees recognizing 100 women who have made a significant contribution to the University of Memphis and Memphis area over the past 100 years.

Professor Sherry Bryan and Adjunct Professor Jennifer Barker received a second Course Redesign Fellowship from the Offices of the Provost and Information Technology Division. The work will again focus on the Introduction to Architecture + Design and the Fundamentals of Design courses. Department Chair Michael Hagge is also involved in the project.

Adjunct Professor of Architecture Jimmie Tucker presented a paper at the October 2012 national conference of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) in Detroit. His topic was “The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative: Using Housing as a Catalyst for Community Revitalization.” In September 2012, Jimmie was one of 30 architects selected for the MARMOMACC Stone Academy in Verona and Milan Italy. Participants included architects from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., India, Africa and Singapore. Tucker recently lead a consulting team which assisted the Shelby County Green Building Task Force in researching, evaluating and making recommendations regarding local green development and building codes. Additionally, Jimmie is currently leading the Memphis Heritage Trail initiative, a cultural tourism and greenways based strategy for effectively revitalizing a historic area of Downtown Memphis.

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