Charles Ross II, AIA (Posthumously) – 2017

Ross/Fowler’s portfolio is inseparable from Downtown Knoxville when you consider World’s Fair Park Redevelopment, Market Square Mall Redevelopment, Volunteer Landing, Krutch Park, Main Street Improvements, and Gateway Village.  Nearby on the campus of the University of Tennessee are more iconic Ross/Fowler projects including Ayres Hall Renovation, Haslam College of Business, Claxton Computer Science and Education, Andy Holt Mall, Lindsey Nelson Baseball Stadium, Tom Black Track, La Porte Stadium, and Joe Johnson Biotechnology Building. He influenced Chattanooga with six miles of riverfront greenway and projects on the campus of UTC. In Nashville, the Bicentennial Mall garnered national recognition and is a focal point of their downtown. In time, his practice would expand to as far west as New Mexico and as far north as New York. It would consist of award-winning project types in master planning, higher education, industrial, residential, commercial, civic, and recreational.  Charlie was committed to the growth and promotion of the profession, and attracted a vast amount of talent with the success of Ross/Fowler. Under his leadership, a dozen more employees would evolve into firm principals. Notable design leaders are David Wooley and Kelly Headen both of Barber McMurray, David Bailey of Hastings and Grant Stewart of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. Principals are Doug Caywood (The Lewis Group), Damon Falconnier (Falconnier Designs), Steve Hackney (Steven Hackney Designs), Bill Hartz (Residential Designer), Bud Hester (Lockwood Green), Sean and Sara Martin (Open Door Architecture), Robyn McAdoo (Dollar and Ewers), Andy Powers (Ross/Fowler), Bob Proctor (Proctor Hodge).  Charlie was a steadfast supporter of the American Institute of Architects. He served AIA East Tennessee from 1982-1987; first as a Board Member; progressing to Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, and President. He then moved on to serve on the Tennessee Society of Architects, beginning as a Board Member, advancing to Chair in 1988. He volunteered to be the Chair of the 1988 Gulf States Regional Convention. As a firm principal, he provided AIA dues for employees. He encouraged them to attend meetings and become involved on committees, providing time off for such activities.  His interest in sustainability led him to become a LEED Accredited Professional in 2008. His practice would manage successful applications for three LEED projects. Ayres Hall Renovation became the first building on the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s campus to achieve this status. The Hilton Garden Inn in Gatlinburg became the first LEED certified hotel in the state of Tennessee.  

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