Prof. Sitan Zhu, visiting scholar 2016, Wuhan University and Prof. Mark DeKay


Green Vision Studio is a research lab directed by Professor Mark DeKay, RA, in the School of Architecture at the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Since 2001, we have worked on downtown environmental planning, green infrastructure planning, climatic design consulting, professional continuing education, architectural scholarship, education and research. Project staff include graduate and undergraduate research assistants in architecture, other disciplines and collaborations with faculty at UT and other universities. Recently, we hosted an international scholar from China and a Fulbright artist from Greece. 

Who we are is the possibility of partnership and teamwork dedicated to creating a breakthrough in design education and practice.

Mark DeKay holds the post-professional MARCH from University of Oregon in urban sustainable design and a professional MARCH from Tulane University. Prof. DeKay specializes in sustainable design theory and tools. He is author of Integral Sustainable Design: transformative perspectives, the first book to apply Integral Theory to design, and primary co-author of Sun, Wind, and Light: architectural design strategies, 3rd ed. (2 volumes), which considers the form-generating potential of climatic forces. Other work focuses on green infrastructure for downtowns and watersheds, urban form for daylighting, and climatic neighborhoods. He has two national AIA teaching awards, the UT Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and was recently awarded the UT Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement. He is a Fulbright Specialist and co-edits the UT/RedVector online professional continuing education program in Sustainable Design and Green Building. DeKay’s current scholarship is in architectural design strategies for connecting people to nature and for the human experience of natural rhythms in buildings and collaborative work on urban design for wind in Chinese cities.

Architecture Research Annex, 2124 Terrace Ave., Knoxville, TN

1715 Volunteer Blvd., College of Architecture & Design
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37919

Contact; 865-773-7177



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Susanne Bennett

Susanne was educated as an archaeological anthropologist at Columbia University in New York City. She is a master public speaker with more than 35 years’ experience in the fields of personal growth, building science, and environmental issues. She is the editor of both Sun, Wind & Light: architectural design strategies, and Integral Sustainable Design: transformative perspectives. Susanne served in Masschusetts on the Board of Health and Conservation Commission and has drafted and enforced environmental legislation. She taught continuing education courses to architects and contractors for 7 years as a Certified Commercial Building Envelope Specialist with DuPont.

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Pygmalion Karatzas

Pygmalion Karatzas is an architectural, fine art & commercial photographer. Pygmalion spent five months in the US on a Greek Fulbright Artist grant project focused on integral photography. Mark was his faculty sponsor and UT, the affiliated institution. Pygmalion studied Architecture at the Technical University of Budapest, Urban Design at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and practiced architecture for 12 years. Since 2013 he is focusing systematically on architectural and fine art photography, producing a portfolio of 200 architectural, commercial and artistic projects from Europe, USA and Middle East. In affiliation with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and prof. Mark DeKay, their paper on a multi-perspectival approach to architectural photography was presented at the 3rd Integral European Conference and they will be conducting traveling workshops for students.  E-mail: 


Gail Brager

Gail Brager is a Professor of Architecture and Associate Director, Center for Environmental Design Research at the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, USA. 
She teaches in the areas of energy and environmental management, sustainable design for hot climates, mechanical systems and architectural space-making. Her current areas of research activity include comfort and adaptation in naturally-ventilated buildings, and the design and performance of alternative offices. Mark and Gail are currently collaborating on a new book about the experiences of natural forces in buildings.


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Astrid Roetzel

Astrid is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Sustainability at the School of Architecture & Built Environment at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia. She is at the forefront of applying Integral Sustainable Design in architectural research. Mark and Astrid are collaborating, along with other researchers at Deakin, on a project called “An Integral Sustainable Design Approach to Human Inhabitation of Architectural Spaces.” Their paper about the project won the Best Academic Paper Award at the 2018 Integral European Conference.


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Sitan Zhu

Prof. Sitan Zhu, from Hubei University of Technology in Wuhan, China, was a scholar-in-residence at the University of Tennessee for a year during 2016. He collaborated with the GreenVision Studio on work to study urban wind filed patterns in Chinese cities.

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Hansjörg Göritz

Hansjörg Görlitz is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Mark and Hansjörg collaborated on developing a unique introduction to graduate architecture and landscape architecture education for beginning students with no experience in the discipline. Their paper, “In the Beginning Were Buildings: the Radical Idea of Learning Architecture by Designing It,” was presented at the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student in 2016.

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Wesley Campbell

Wesley Campbell

Reid Camala

Reid Camala

Cullen Sayegh

Cullen Sayegh

Jordan Etters

Jordan Etters