City Commits $2 Million to Burlington Plan

Three years after the Burlington community came together through a series of public input sessions hosted by the Design Center, allowing us to create the Burlington Enhancement Plan, the City of Knoxville is making sure the plan comes to fruition. Mayor Indya Kincannon proposed – and City Council approved – two million dollars in the 2021-2022 budget toward renovations in … Read More

Welcome Our 2021 Phillip Lawson Summer Intern, Rachel!

The ETCDC is excited to announce the return of one of our previous Phillip Lawson Summer Interns, recent UT College of Architecture graduate Rachel Albee! About herself, Rachel says ‘I graduated on May 8th, 2021 with a Bachelors in Architecture at the University of Tennessee and will be returning in the Fall to continue on the Master’s in Landscape Architecture … Read More

Downtown Knoxville YWCA To Expand Programs and Renovate

The downtown Knoxville YWCA will soon be capable of expanding its programs and renovating the existing building, thanks to a large donation. The building, now nearly a century old, is the location of a program which helps to house women that have ‘fallen on hard times’ and aids them in restarting their lives. In 2009 the ETCDC partnered with Christina … Read More

Intern Highlight: Layla Mosadegh, Marketing Specialist

Layla Mosadegh is a marketing specialist at Amazon Web Services in Washington, D.C. (although currently living back in Knoxville during the pandemic), specializing in marketing Amazon’s cloud services to the federal government. Born and raised in South Knoxville, she graduated from the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business in 2019 with a Bachelors in Business Administration, with a concentration … Read More

Intern Highlight: Archita Patel, Senior Interior Designer

Archita Patel is a Senior Interior Designer at Curve Hospitality in Houston. She graduated in 2011 from the UT College of Architecture + Design with her Bachelor’s in Interior Design and a Minor in Landscape Architecture. Here is what Archita had to say about herself and her experiences as a student intern with us: I have worked as a Senior … Read More

Drone Transit in Knoxville: A Conceptual Plan

Professor Marleen Davis’ and student research assistant, Nicholas Williams’ presentation on a vision for drones in Knoxville Part of our annual Community Collaborative involves our partnership with the UT College of Architecture + Design. For the work on Sutherland Avenue, Professor Marleen Davis instructed her 3rd year students to pick sites for individual projects along the street, and work together … Read More

Volunteer Highlight: Nathan Hunter, PLA, LEED AP BD+C

Nathan Hunter has lived in Knoxville on and off for more than half his life and spent the last eleven years of his landscape architecture career at IBI Placemaking downtown. After getting his Master’s Degree in LA from LSU Mr. Hunter honed his skills at a leading Urban Design and LA firm in Atlanta before moving back to Knoxville. He … Read More

Oak Ridge Gateway Progresses

The Oak Ridge Gateway, an ETCDC project from 2015, is progressing thanks to funding from TDOT. The project, which sought to create entrance signage and landscaping into the city, was the inspiration for the new sign that is planned for construction. While still in the public input phase as of February, the built reality of the sign is closer than … Read More

Legacy Parks Begins Fundraising For Veterans Memorial Park

  Our friends at Legacy Parks Foundation need your help to make an ETCDC project a reality! The Veterans Memorial Park is currently in the fundraising stage, and they are asking for support to make it happen. The Park, located on the north of French Broad River to the east of Knoxville, overlooks the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. It … Read More

Collier Preserve Opens!

We are happy to announce that Collier Preserve, a 12-acre park located in the Powell community of Knoxville, had a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of March. The land for the new park was donated to Legacy Parks Foundation in 2016, who then approached the ETCDC for assistance in the design. Trey Benefield ASLA, AICP and Jessie Fears, Senior Staff … Read More