Volunteer Highlight: Aaron Shugart-Brown, LA

We reached out recently to ETCDC professional volunteer Aaron-Shugart Brown and asked him to tell us a bit about himself. He sent us the following: I grew up here in East Tennessee and am proud to call Knoxville my home. In my undergraduate education I studied watercolor and sculpture at the University of Tennessee. Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy I decided … Read More

Volunteer Highlight: Elizabeth Eason, AIA, LEED Fellow – BD+C & Homes

Elizabeth founded her firm, Elizabeth Eason Architecture LLC, in 2003 with a focus on bringing thoughtful, sustainable, design solutions to projects in Tennessee. Environmentally sustainable design is the heart and soul of her firm whether designing healthy, efficient, affordable housing or renovating a historical building for a daylight filled, office space. In 2013 Elizabeth was honored with designation as a … Read More

Parking Day 2021 Winners

In case you missed it, Parking Day 2021 was this past Friday, September the 17th, and it was another wonderful success. Parking Day, started in 2005 in San Fransisco, is now an international day every year in which downtown parking spaces are overtaken and transformed into spaces for pedestrians. It’s a fun and creative day which shows the potential of … Read More

Celebration at Lakeshore!

Last Wednesday, August 11th, was our big Celebration at Lakeshore Park and it was well worth the time it took to plan and host! The stunning park venue was made even better with the cooperation of Mother Nature, who held off the rain and provided a gorgeous evening with a light breeze and radiant sunset. The evening began with mixed … Read More

Meet Our 2021 Bruce McCarty Award Recipient

Tom McAdams, Esquire, has been named the ETCDC’s 2021 Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award recipient. The award is granted to those who have demonstrated a commitment to building a better future for this region. More info on the award and past recipients can be found here. Tom is from West Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee where he graduated … Read More

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