• Congratulations!

    Good Shepherd Center the 2017 Annette Anderson Directors’ Award Winner!

  • Design

    Developed a schematic design for Tellico Village Library. CDC Volunteer Architect Gregor Smee was awarded the project, construction completed during 2012. Thanks to Smee+Busby Architecture for photograph.

  • Transformation

    Renovations and enhancements to existing Philadelphia Tennessee public park. Community goal is to entice community use of this underutilized public park.

  • Adaptive

    Oakwood Elementary School is being renovated into an Assisted Living Facility. We documented the existing building conditions, obtained pricing for stabilization, and facilitated a public input meeting.

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center

    invites you to join us for our

    2018 AWARDS GALA

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    At this year’s gala, we will honor Pat and Joe Johnson
    with the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award.

    We will also present the Annette Anderson Directors’ Award to
    The Beck Cultural Exchange Center
    for the Delaney House restoration project.

    Thursday October 25, 2018
    5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    The Foundry on the Fair Site
    747 World’s Fair Park Drive
    Knoxville TN 37902

    Join us for drinks and dinner as we celebrate and honor those who have a commitment to building a better future for this region.

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    Thank you to everyone that came to the 2018 Summer Party on June 7th! It was a great event!

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     We are very excited to welcome former Vice Mayor and City Councilman Duane Grieve as our new Executive Director!

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    Special Thanks to Natalie L. Haslam, Good Shepherd Center, Event Sponsors, and all who attended the Awards Gala! 

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    Pictured above: Natalie L. Haslam, Honoree, Katharine Pearson Criss, ETCDC Board Officer, and Sheryl Ely, ETCDC Board Officer

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    Presenting Sponsor:  Regal Entertainment Group

    Natalie L. Haslam Receives Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award

    Native Knoxvillian Natalie Leach Haslam has been a lifelong volunteer and philanthropist and will be presented with the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award at the 2017 Awards Gala.
    “Mrs. Haslam embodies the spirit of the Bruce McCarty Award through her tireless work to make our region better. The many projects she has championed have contributed greatly to improving the built- environment in East Tennessee,” noted ETCDC board president, Rick Blackburn.
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    ETCDC Highlighted in PBS Video

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center has been an advocate for great community design for decades. We’re celebrating #communitydesignday by sharing a special PBS video now viewable online. “Good Design: A Half-Century of the Community Design Center” highlights our unique history as an organization founded in the middle of the civil rights and urban renewal movements. You’ll hear from founding members Bruce McCarty, Gideon Fryer, and John Walker as well as testimonies from local community members and designers. A special thanks to East Tennessee PBS for this production and to our faithful supporters over the years. 

    [Click Here to View PBS Video]

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    The  East Tennessee Community Design Center organizes people, researches ideas, and identifies resources to facilitate positive change in the region.

    Ijams Nature Center – Long Term Visioning session

    ETCDC provides architectural, planning, and engineering services to encourage community development efforts. We award grants of service to nonprofit groups and community organizations in East Tennessee for projects that will serve the public at large. Professionals, including pro bono volunteers, offer technical services so that nonprofits and community groups can benefit from their expertise at little or no cost. This helps fill a much-needed gap for those who are seeking grants or funding for a project by providing the conceptual design services that will create the vision, the plan, and the inspiration needed to fuel the process.

    Leslie at monthly design review meeting

    Often, we are called upon to help restore, renovate or recommend reuse of an existing structure, park, or neighborhood area, and we also use design to solve social problems, such as how design can reduce crime or neighborhood traffic. We bring together professionals who contribute design and engineering services to solve practical and aesthetic problems and who partner with groups who want to make a community a better place to live and work.