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Meet New Member Tyler Goza, CSI, AIA, NCARB

Posted: Fri, Mar 25, 2022

One of Knoxville’s new members is Tyler Goza. Tyler is an architect at Design Innovations Architects (DIA) here in Knoxville. He received his architectural degree in 2015 from the University of Tennessee and joined DIA just one year later.   He came to Knoxville from his hometown of Cleveland, TN. where his parents and brother still reside.

When asked to tell us a little about his job, Tyler explained, “…the first project I got to work on was Regas Square. I’ll never forget being extremely excited to work on such an iconic project right out of the gate...that project type has become my favorite to design and understand”. 

But Tyler has had the opportunity to use his talents in a number of other projects at DIA including PreK-12 Educational, Multifamily Residential, Single-family Residential, Mixed-use, Historic Preservation, Hospitality, Industrial, Retail, and everything in-between. A couple of the highlights include: Regas Square Condominiums, Tyson Court Apartments, 200 Jennings Avenue Office Building, Hyatt Place Downtown Knoxville, Athens City Schools New PreK-5 School, and Hankook Tire Plant among others. Currently he is doing CA work on a PreK-5 175,000 SF school in Athens, TN which is on track to be completed in the next 12-14 months.

When not working he tries to get outside and enjoy East Tennessee. He coaches soccer in Karns and loves the opportunity to be with family or friends on the golf course. “In the fall, you can find my in the stands at Neyland Stadium (or at minimum in the parking lots enjoying the sights and sounds). I was always a huge Vol fan growing up and spending the last 12 years in Knoxville has only elevated my fandom of the sports teams and the University of Tennessee. Now I truly cherish those tailgates when many of my friends come back to town for the weekend to have fun together”.

When asked why Tyler decided to join CSI he shared, “I joined about a year ago for a couple of reasons: (01) I’d like to start transitioning from a PA to PM at DIA and I think CSI will be a good resource; (02) another architect I’ve observed, and respect has been a member for years and I would like to follow in a similar path; (03) I’d like to get more involved in our profession outside of just my own firm to see different perspectives, approaches, thought processes and to learn from some of my peers.”

Please reach out and introduce yourself to Tyler and welcome him into our chapter.





TAAST Celebration of Design

Posted: Sun, Mar 27, 2022

A tradition at the College of Architecture and Design which began with the school inception in the 1960s continues next week - TAAST. This week long celebration will start with the Painting of the Rock at 3 PM Sunday, March 27. On Monday, March 28, lecturer Catie Newell will speak at 5:30 PM. Tuesday, March 29 features two lecturers - NOMAS at noon and Maya Bird Murphy at 5:30 PM. Wednesday, March 20 is Workshop Wednesday with Grasshopper Tutorial and the Birdhouse Competition. That evening Demar Matthews will lecture at 5:30 PM. Thursday, March 31 will feature the Student Work Pop-Up Sale from 11:30 - 3:30 in the Atrium. Family Feud will start at 5:30 PM. Friday, March 1 will be the TAAST T-Shirt Tie Dye at 11AM and that evening the Beaux Art Ball will be held at 8 PM ($40/ ticket). Saturday, March 2 will bring the series of events to a close with a Field Day of great outdoor activities at Sultree Landing Park starting at 1 PM.

CSI Student Chapter February Meeting - Mentorship

Posted: Fri, Feb 18, 2022

The first CSI-S Meeting at UTK is coming up on Friday, February 18th at 12:00 to 1:00pm. The meeting will be held in "The Fishbowl" which is room 325. It's partly an info meeting, gathering interested students to tell them what CSI is and how it is valuable to them and how they can get involved and partly a discussion about internships and mentorship: what mentors are, what they do, why they're valuable, what qualities to look for in a mentor, and how to go about finding one. All design and construction students are welcome to attend.

New Student Director for CSI Student Chapter

Posted: Tue, Feb 01, 2022

Laura Miller is the new director of the student chapter of CSI at the University of Tennessee, taking over from graduate student Aubrey Bader who now serves in an advisory capacity. Laura is a fourth year architecture student who has just come home from her semester abroad in Ireland. Laura is from Boyertown, Pennsylvania, but now lives in Delaware when she is not attending college in Tennessee. She has interned both at an architecture firm and at an engineering firm and is eager to connect the student body with CSI and encourage them to explore the different paths their degree could lead to and forge strong connections along the way. This year, Laura wants the student to chapter to focus on building their membership, giving students the opportunity to venture into the field and see the industry in real life rather than through a computer, as well as connect students to professionals they can relate to.

Due to the decline in membership across student organizations at the college, CSI, AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) and FBD (Freedom by Design) have joined together in order to maximize their efforts and reach as much of the student body as possible. They are optimistic about this strategy as it will improve communication and relations between the organizations within the college as well as the student body. As a result of this partnership, leadership is somewhat merged. Therefore, Laura is a part of the AIAS board in addition to CSI and the AIAS Vice President, Dalton Loveless, also serves as Secretary for the student chapter of CSI. In this capacity, and others the students help one another by advertising for each other’s organizations and events in an effort to reinvigorate the student’s interest in networking, information sessions, lectures, workshops, and social events. CSI will host one meeting a month on chosen Friday at noon in the Art and Architecture building on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. See the Calendar for times and locations.

East Tennessee Building Products Show

Posted: Tue, Mar 08, 2022

Please join us for a panel discussion on Affordable Housing and Energy Star Projects with our keynote speaker, Erin Gill (Vice Mayor), Cheryl Ball as the first of the panel speakers, and we will also have Nathan Honeycutt, Ken Block, Darson Buckner, Ron Carter, and Drew Milsap to discuss for 10 minutes each of their roles in Energy Star project design and execution.

Erin Gill is the Chief Policy Officer and Deputy to Mayor Indya Kincannon of the City of Knoxville. She is responsible for strategic initiatives aimed at making Knoxville a safe, vibrant and sustainable city where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. She previously served as Director of Sustainability for the City, where she led initiatives to promote the environmental, economic, and social health of the Knoxville community through municipal leadership and community partnerships. Her professional experience focuses on improving the efficiency and resilience of urban systems and includes roles at EPA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer and ICF International.

Gill has participated in numerous TVA stakeholder groups, including the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan Working Group, the Solar Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Energy Efficiency-Information Exchange. She has also served as a member of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Policy Committee and is a current member of the Knoxville Utilities Board Community Advisory Panel. Gill earned a B.A. in both Forestry & Environmental Studies and History from the University of Notre Dame.



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