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About Mark DeKay

My research goal is to change the direction of the design professions to recognize and practice ecological design and to engage high-performance ecological design in an integrally-informed way. Teaching, research, and scholarly writing are all strategies for achieving this goal.
My interest is in the broad area of energy and environmental issues in building design and urban design. I am also exploring the emerging field of integral theory and its applications to design. This is particularly relevant to sustainable design, which is often limited conceptually to technological sustainability. Sustainable design also includes the perspectives of ecological sustainability, a culture of sustainability, and a consciousness of sustainability. Each has rich methods and unanswered questions to investigate.


Present Registered Architect, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Present Professor, School of Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Climatic design, passive heating and cooling, Integral theory in design, Design knowledge structures, net-zero energy buildings, carbon-neutral buildings, low-carbon cities, low-carbon neighborhoods, daylighting, solar heating, passive cooling, climatic analysis, design pedagogy, and design with nature

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Honors and Awards

  • Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, 2014
  • UT Scholar of the Week, 2011, 2014
  • AIA COTE Award for Ecoliteracy in Design Education
  • AIA Education Honor Award
  • Building Technology Educators Society Book Award
  • USGBC Green Lights Award
  • Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement, 2017


  • Design for Climate & Light
  • Sustainable Design Strategies
  • Integral Sustainable Design
  • Diploma Studio
  • Advanced Design Studio: Sustainable Architecture
  • Intro to Architectural Technology


September 1990June 1992 M. Arch., University of Oregon ‐ Architecture
August 1979May 1984 M. Arch, Tulane University ‐ School of Architecture

Contact Information

College of Architecture + Design
Art + Architecture Building
1715 Volunteer Boulevard,
Room 468
Knoxville, TN 37996


Books/Chapters (4)

Peer-Reviewed Journals (3)

Professional Journals (2)

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings (19)