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Cameron Sinclair to address UTC ASID conference "Designing for Humanity"

Keynote Speaker Cameron Sinclair, Director of Architecture for Humanity in New York will deliver "Design Like You Give a Damn" to The Fourteenth Annual James Avery Spring Design Conference, Friday, February 18 at the UTC University Center. "Designing for Humanity" is sponsored by The UTC American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Group.The conference is free to UTC students and faculty; however registration is required and the lunch buffet costs $8.00.


In August 2004, Fortune Magazine selected Sinclair, as one of seven people who are changing the world for the better. The afternoon speakers will be Andrew Freear of Rural Studio in Alabama and Patrick and Ashley Ironwood of The Sequatchie Valley Institute.


All speakers represent non-profit agencies. Architecture for Humanity (AFH) works with people who have lost housing through earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters in Africa, India and elsewhere. AFH has provided housing for AIDS victims, refugees, and other places where disasters have destroyed housing and essential resources. Recently, Architecture for Humanity set up a Tsunami Reconstruction Fund and will be working to help alleviate the serious housing crisis there. A separate donation will be taken for AFH's work with the tsunami victims. A percentage of the conference proceeds will be donated to these organizations.

Rural Studio's mission is to have architectural students work with the rural community and potential homeowners who live below the poverty level. Rural Studio recycles materials for the homes out of tires, hay and windshields, among other materials. Andrew Freear is the Co-Director of Rural Studio in Newbern, Alabama and he will be speaking about "Rural Studio: The Legacy of Samuel Mockbee".



Sequatchie Valley Institute offers the community an opportunity to experience and learn about living in harmony with nature. They work with passive solar housing and using sustainable products in housing. Patrick and Ashley Ironwood, both certified as Permaculture teachers, will discuss "Natural Building at the Sequatchie Valley Institute."

Students are invited to attend optional afternoon events that include Ken Henley, an architectural illustrator from Earl Swensson Associates in Nashville. Henley will offer three-hour sessions for students to demonstrate how to effectively sketch concepts and ideas. A supply list is included on the Interior Design website.

Cameron Sinclair will conduct a build-out session for students. A kitchen and bath charrette with David Newton, who is a certified kitchen and bath designer, will be held in the drafting studio in Hunter Hall. This four-hour session is limited to 15 students, and the cash prize is $1,000.00. Newton will judge the entries. Participating students must be members of an endorsed Kitchen and Bath program.

Please visit the Interior Design website to learn more about registration and links to speaker's websites. For more information, please contact Jane Reagor or call (423)425-4550 or (423)425-1718.

February 11, 2005

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