A 60 Project Tour: See For Yourself!

On Thursday, November 3rd, the ETCDC Staff and about two dozen current and potential Board Members loaded onto a bus (shout-out to Premiere for driving us!) and took an hour-long trek around Knoxville to view sixty projects the Design Center has worked on in the past or is working on currently. Design Studio Project Coordinator Perry Childress narrated the journey … Read More

Project Updates: November 2022

It may be the season to sit back, relax, eat turkey and watch football, but here at the Design Center we are going full steam ahead with several projects. Below are updates to some of them. SEEED: the energy-efficiency-focused nonprofit is working with us and volunteer architect Don Horton, AIA, to develop a new multistory mixed-use office building on Martin … Read More

Everly Brothers Park Joins Music Pathway

The Everly Brothers Park – a former Design Center project – in the Bearden neighborhood of Knoxville was recently added to the Tennessee Music Pathways. The Pathways is a program operated by the State Department of Tourist Development that highlights musical heritage across our state with signage at important locations. The Everly Brothers are credited by numerous musical legends such … Read More

Partying Like It’s 1982

August 3rd was our Celebration at World’s Fair Park and by all accounts, it was a great success. The food was delicious (thanks to Holly’s) the beer was cold (thanks to the Tap Truck), the auction was stunning (thanks to all of our artist donors) and the atmosphere was totally 80s! Check out a handful of photos from the event … Read More

From Our Files: Part 3

Welcome to the third installment of our new series, ‘From Our Files’, where we show you a potpourri of sketches, old projects, and other fun things we recently found at our office while doing some intense Spring cleaning. For this installment, we’ll focus on a few local Knoxville neighborhoods. The first one, Fourth and Gill, is the neighborhood our office … Read More

Meet Melody!

Everyone, say hello to the newest member of our Staff here at the Design Center, Ms. Melody Wyatt! Melody joins us after having worked in the past at UT and then for five years at the Boy Scouts’ Great Smoky Mountain Council. She retired in November of 2020 but decided to come out of her retirement to work with us … Read More

Project Wrap-Up: Greenback Museum

We recently wrapped up our project for an expansion to the Greenback Heritage Museum in Greenback, TN, in Loudon County. The expansion looks to take over the space of a former hardware store that is currently empty and has no roof or floor! To see the project in full, you can go to our projects page HERE.

Project Wrap-Up: Sunset Gap Camp

Clients for our project at the Sunset Gap Camp in Sevier and Cocke Counties were here at our office yesterday (March 24th) to see and be presented with the final set of drawings and the informational booklet we prepared for them. We are grateful to have been able to develop this master plan for their camp site, and want to … Read More

MLK Jr. Avenue Charette Concludes!

Our 2022 Community Collaborative Charrette wrapped up this week and, while we are still in the middle of organizing the submissions into our booklet on the subject which will be released later in the year, we wanted to give you a preview of the designs to hold you over until then.  The charrette focused on a parcel of land along … Read More

From Our Files: Part 2

This is the second installment our new series, ‘From our Files’, where we take a look back at some of the treasures we’ve found in the trove of files at the Design Center office. The first sketch, seen above, is of a block of Cumberland Avenue in Knoxville from 1982 (forty years ago exactly!). We hope the designs and sketches … Read More