Ted Shelton and Tricia Stuth, associate professors of architecture, have received international attention for their design of The Ghost Houses, a project that includes the design of two new houses and preservation of a third in historic North Knoxville. The accomplishments of the faculty team are highlighted in the March 2012 edition of Dwell, an international architecture and design publication.
Shelton and Stuth are praised in the article, titled “Spirit of the South,” for their creation of a nearly impossible design project that faced substantial obstacles, including design that questioned zoning codes while exploring preservation standards in the city of Knoxville. The faculty team, after several years of research, design, and committee meetings, however succeeded in building modern, historically poignant, and affordable urban housing.
Beginning in 2006, Shelton and Stuth created two new homes alongside the original, one-hundred year old structure they purchased at the project site. The entire project meets Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, with the accompanying homes respecting the historic structure without mimicking it. Shelton and Stuth explored historically inspired exteriors while producing modern interior spaces that exhibit a fluid, open design and the inventive use of inexpensive materials, like plywood, drywall, and concrete..
Shelton and Stuth are co-founders of Knoxville-based architecture firm, curb.
Shelton joined the University of Tennessee in 2004. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, a Master of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. In 2002, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Estonia. He received the President’s Citation from the American Institute of Architect’s East Tennessee Chapter in 2010 and 2008 and a Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in 2009
Stuth has received several national awards in architectural practice and education, such as the New Faculty Teaching Award by the ASCA in 2010, the AIA/ACSA Housing Design Education Award in 2008, and the AIA National Young Architects Award in 2010. She earned both her Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She joined the College of Architecture and Design faculty in 2004.
The Ghost Houses by Shelton and Stuth have won numerous awards throughout the project’s development, including the 2010 East Tennessee AIA Honor Citation, the 2009 Award of Excellence by AIA Tennessee, and, as an un-built concept, a 2007 Award of Merit by the AIA East Tennessee Chapter. Articles on the project have also been published in Forward, a national journal of the American Institute of Architects and the prestigious Journal of Architectural Education.