2024 Design Awards Gala

Join the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee Chapter and SESCO Lighting in the heart of the Old City as we honor and celebrate built and unbuilt works of architecture designed by AIA members in Upper and Middle East Tennessee at our Annual Design Awards Gala on Thursday, October 3rd, from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Jackson Terminal.

Design Awards Gala Evening of Events

  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm- Cocktail hour with local craft beer and wine sponsored by Proficient Engineering, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to network with others within the profession. 
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm- Design Awards Presentation. Wine and grazing plates will be available at your table during the awards ceremony, along with a plated meal. (Vegetarian and Vegan options are available)
  • 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm- After Party w/discounted rides home from Uber.  

Ticket Prices:

  • $60- Member Ticket
  • $35- Student or Associate Member Ticket
  • $80- Non-Member Ticket
  • $400- per Table
  • $500- per Table w/Business Logo

Tickets and tables go on sale on June 17th, 2024.

Design Awards Gala Submission Portal

What are the Design Awards? To recognize excellence in architecture, AIA East Tennessee conducts an annual juried Design Awards Program. This program seeks to honor built and unbuilt works of distinction designed by AIA members in upper and middle East Tennessee and to serve as a catalyst for local participation in the AIA Tennessee Awards Program. The program also brings public attention to outstanding examples of architecture. Winners of this year’s program will be announced and celebrated at the 2023 Design Awards Gala, this competition is open to all members of AIA East Tennessee.

AIA East Tennessee’s Design Awards Gala Submission Portal opens June 28th, 2024.

2024 Design Awards Jury

Tim Love, FAIA, will chair the 2024 AIA East Tennessee Design Awards. Tim is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is the founding principal of Utile, a 65-person Boston-based architecture and planning firm. Through a rigorous, research-based process, Utile strives to develop intelligent and programmatic solutions to complex urban problems. This approach has earned the firm numerous accolades, including the 2023 Best Large Practice (NE) Award from The Architect’s Newspaper and the 2022 COTE Top Ten Award for the Roxbury Branch Boston Public Library Renovation.

Tim will be joined by Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti, director of Supernormal and Assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Jeffry Burchard, Design Principal / Managing Partner at Machado Silvetti and Assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Anda French, cofounder of Boston-based French 2D and Visiting Lecturer at the Princeton School of Architecture.

We look forward to the varied perspectives and voices reviewing our Chapter’s work for this year’s 2024 Design Awards.

2024 AIA East Tennessee Design Awards Jury Coordinator

Cameron Bolin, AIA– 2024 Jury Coordinator

Gold Medal and Friend of Architecture Award

Lee Ingram, AIA- 2022 AIA ETN Gold Medal Winner

Gold Medal Award

The Gold Medal is the AIA East Tennessee Chapter’s highest honor.

The award recognizes individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory or practice of architecture. The Gold Medal is open to an architect (living or deceased), or architects, who have created a body of distinguished work.

The Board of Directors evaluates candidates based on how well they meet this criterion, which includes how their contributions have:

  • Demonstrated great depth and breadth
  • Having a cumulative effect on the profession
  • Addressed the future of architecture while honoring its tradition
  • Transcended or united specific areas of expertise
  • Become widely known—by architects, designers, educators, and the public—for the quality of their work

CLICK HERE to Learn More about the Gold Medal Award. Gold Medal Award nomination portal opens June 28th, 2024.

Loy Waldrop- 2021 AIA ETN Friend of Architecture Winner

Friend of Architecture Award

The Friend of Architecture Award is bestowed on an individual or organization that has demonstrated significant support to architecture but is not a practitioner or architectural firm.

The Board evaluates candidates based on how well they meet this criterion, which includes how their contributions have:

  • Demonstrated great support of architecture an/or architects in the public realm.
  • Had a positive, cumulative effect if the profession.
  • Supported the future of architecture, while honoring its tradition.
  • Is or was widely known by architects for their role in contributing to the profession.

CLICK HERE to Learn More about the Friend of Architecture Award. Friend of Architecture Award nomination portal opens June 28th, 2024.

2024 Design Awards Gala Sponsors

Sponsors like the fantastic folks below have signed up to help create an amazing atmosphere for our 2024 Design Awards Gala and to get their business out in front of sought-after firms throughout our East Tennessee Region. Please browse our sponsorship opportunities via our Partnership Shop or contact Jen McMahon at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Table Sponsorships go on sale on 6/18/2024.

Tim Love, FAIA
Jury Chair

Tim Love is the founding principal of Utile and leads the firm’s urban design and planning practice. He is also a tenured Associate Professor at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture, where he teaches design studios and seminars that focus on the intersection of urban design, policy, and real estate development. Love’s expertise ranges from innovative zoning approaches; to a comprehensive understanding of market-driven building types; to the strategic layout of streets, blocks, and parcels; to the design of Complete Streets and the larger public realm.

Love’s clients include municipalities, state authorities and agencies, and national developers. He is especially adept at exploring alternative development scenarios in collaboration with engineers, landscape architects, and real estate finance experts. Design alternatives are shaped by financial goals, the regulatory context, environmental considerations, a social agenda informed by community input, and a place-specific design vision. Rather than simply balance these factors, Love seeks a visually compelling synthesis that can inspire elected officials, potential development partners, and the full range of stakeholders

Love has a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master in Architecture from the Harvard GSD, where he received the Henry Adams Medal. In addition to his academic position at Northeastern, Love is a Lecturer in Real Estate at the Harvard GSD and has taught at Yale, the University of Toronto, and RISD. He was also the 2014 President of the Boston Society of Architects and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the U.Va. School of Architecture.

Ada French, AIA
Jury Member

Anda French, AIA (MArch Princeton, BA Barnard), is a co-founder with Jenny French of Boston-based French 2D and is a Visiting Lecturer at the Princeton School of Architecture. She served as the 2022 Boston Society of Architects/AIA President. 


French 2D’s work centers on collaboration and explores social and thermal comfort at multiple scales, from participatory events and installations to urban-scale textiles and buildings for collective living. French 2D’s work has been nominated for the 2024 cycle of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, and the firm was a 2023 Finalist for the Architectural Review’s Emerging Award. French 2D received a 2020 P/A Award from Architect Magazine, and a Design Vanguard award from Architectural Record. Their work has been featured in multiple publications, including Domus, Azure, Dwell, Metropolis, Architect, PLOT, and The Architect’s Newspaper. It was most recently exhibited in the solo show “House Clothes” at UMASS Amherst. 

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Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti
Jury Member

Elizabeth Bowie Christoforetti directs Supernormal, a design and research practice based in Cambridge, MA. She founded Supernormal to create meaningful and practical change through the intersection of architecture, urbanism, technology, and contemporary culture. The firm designs housing, institutional, and cultural projects for the private and public sectors. Supernormal is an engaged practice that meets the world exactly as it is, and with a glass that is half full. Elizabeth is also Assistant Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she is also a principal investigator within the Laboratory for Design Technologies. Her work in both academia and design practice explores the cultural implications of large data sets and scalable systems in the design of the built environment.


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Jeffry Burchard, AIA
Jury Member

Jeffry is an Architect. He is a Design Principal and the Managing Partner at Machado Silvetti with projects throughout the world. He is an Associate Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he teaches courses in the design and practice of architecture.

Jeffry studied architecture at the University of Idaho and Harvard and, in 2020, received the AIA Young Architects Award for his demonstrated commitment to excellence in design, professional practice, and education. His work and writings have been featured in publications such as commonedge, CLOG, IntAR, Competition, Platform, Architecture Record, and Architect Magazine. He is a licensed Architect and a member of NCARB and AIA. He has served on the Board of Directors at the Boston Society for Architecture, where he co-created and hosted the Now-Practice-Now workshop series and the Opening Soon online lecture series.

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