faculty member in the College of Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee
Jennifer Akerman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design. In addition to architectural design studio, she teaches support courses exploring issues of materiality, construction, and special topics of professional practice. She has been teaching courses throughout 2014-15 in support of the ongoing design-build-evaluate project being developed for Beardsley Community Farm in Knoxville. Jennifer is looking forward to presenting with student research assistants Bud Archer and Bailey Green at PKN Knoxville volume 16.
Design-Build Education: Creating a New Education Center for Beardsley Community Farm
BY JENNIFER AKERMAN
@ VOL 16
ON AUG 06, 2015
Presented with Bud Archer and Bailey Green.
Students and faculty from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design will present on the benefits of design-build education as illustrated by an innovative new building being created for Beardsley Community Farm in Knoxville—a non-profit urban demonstration farm promoting food security and sustainable agriculture. Design-build education through architectural design courses at UT enabled making a building that reinforces Beardsley’s mission. The new structure will operate as a teaching tool helping farm staff and volunteers more effectively engage the public about the benefits of local sustainable farming. It also creates significant public spaces for the benefit of the community at large.