Johnson Architecture establishes scholarship at University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

January 7, 2021

Johnson Architecture has established a $25,000 scholarship for University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design students that is intended to increase diversity in the profession.

The funds will be used for travel abroad experiences that are university-sponsored or -supported with $5,000 scholarships presented to students over the next five years.

“The University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design is widely regarded for innovative and immersive programs, and we want to help foster that in a meaningful way,” said Daryl Johnson, founder and president of Johnson Architecture. “Providing the next generation of architects an opportunity to study abroad and experience architecture on another level will help broaden the perspective of deserving students. We welcome the partnership with UT to provide funding for these endeavors.”

Johnson, AIA, NCARB, is a 1984 graduate of the UT College of Architecture and Design, as are partners Eric Bowen, AIA (1992); Rick Friel, AIA (1992); and Jeff Williamson, AIA (2001); and an additional 13 members of the firm’s staff of architects and interior designers.

The Johnson Architecture Scholarship will be awarded by the college’s scholarship committee in accordance with university policy and available to students pursuing a major in the School of Architecture or School of Interior Architecture.

“When students are able to study abroad, they become better designers who contribute meaningfully to society,” said Scott Poole, dean of the college. “We sincerely thank Johnson Architecture and its leaders whose vision recognizes the value of study abroad for students and the future of the architecture and design professions.”

Applicants must be currently enrolled or admitted at UT, demonstrate successful academic performance and be considered a third-year student or higher, having completed a minimum of four semesters. While intended to address underrepresentation in the field of architecture and increase diversity, the scholarship shall be open to all applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or parental status or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.