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2020 Excellence in Academic Outreach

The Excellence in Academic Outreach award honors those who exemplify UT’s land-grant mission by using intellectual capital to benefit the citizens of Tennessee.

Thomas K. “T. K.” Davis

Thomas K. DavisThomas K. Davis, a professor in the School of Architecture, specializes in urban civic design. For the past 15 years he has worked to promote conversations on city priorities, engage civic leaders, and involve UT students as partners in developing solutions to urban problems. Thomas served as design director of the Nashville Civic Design Center from 2004 to 2008, establishing policy and design changes and building a wide network of partnerships. In 2011, he founded the Nashville Urban Design Summer Program, a 12-credit-hour program for architecture and design students, and he continues to lead the program. He was a co-recipient in 2016 of the AIA Tennessee Samuel Morgan Lifetime Service Award for Contributions to Architecture in the Public Realm. His commitment to community outreach engagement and public advocacy unifies his efforts in teaching, creative activity, research, and service.

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