Born out of a three-year partnership between Cornerstones Inc. and UTC’s Interior Design Department to preserve the architectural heritage and urban fabric of Chattanooga, the UTC Interior Design Senior Class recently exhibited design proposals for the adaptive reuse of the Industrial YMCA Building, located in the Southside within the Market and Main Streets National Register Historic District. On May 6th, after review by a panel of historic preservation judges, Cornerstones Inc. recognized three UTC Interior Design seniors with 2016 Historic Preservation Project awards:
Ryder Chanatry—Best Design for her revisionist view of the space as a venue, art gallery, art studios, a bar and lounge, and recording studio.
Jacquelene Dent—Best Video for how the space could be repurposed as a boutique hotel with conference space.
Aubrey Moorhead received Honorable Mention for her thoughtful design of the space as a veterans’ facility.
The awards come at an exciting time for the UTC Interior Design Department as they launch their new graduate level program, which focuses on urban revitalization and encompasses continued interests in community partnerships and historic preservation.