Presentation of the
River City Challenge Award & Civic Vision Award
Where & When?
Thursday, August 23rd at 6pm @ Track 29
Cocktail reception at 5:30pm. Presentation begins at 6pm.
Vote for the Winner!
Attendees will be able to vote for their choice of best presentation to receive the Civic Vision Award, but you must be present at the event to vote!
CEO, Henry Turley Company
In 1977, Henry Turley founded Henry Turley Company with the vision to develop better places for people to live and work and grow – starting with downtown Memphis. His success can be seen in scores of developments in and around downtown, including the Harbor Town community on Mud Island, the South Bluffs neighborhood, the Uptown area revitalization, and several condominium and office conversions. He is known for thinking ahead-of-the-curve and maintaining productive and deep connections with people in all spheres of the city.
Henry Turley has been a devoted Memphian for decades. He can often be found sitting courtside at Memphis Grizzlies home games or trimming trees on a Saturday morning in the Uptown neighborhood. Henry currently sits on the Board of Directors for SunTrust Bank and on the Executive Board for Contemporary Media, the parent entity for Memphis Magazine and Memphis Flyer. He regularly and eagerly engages in community affairs and activities regarding politics and education.
Head of the Auburn Design Studio
Cheryl Morgan is an architect and the Gresham Professor of Architecture at Auburn University. In over 23 years of teaching she has worked with architectural programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State and California College of Arts and Crafts. She is currently the director of Auburn's Urban Studio in Birmingham.
Morgan practiced architecture and urban design in the San Francisco Bay area for more than eight years. She worked with a number of firms including Environmental Planning and Research, Gensler, and the Gruzen Partnership. Before coming to Auburn in 1992 she was an associate with the Berkeley firm of ELS/Elbasani and Logan. Her last project at ELS was the design of new and adaptive reuse buildings along the Singapore River in five blocks of Singapore’s Clarke Quay Historic District. Morgan’s professional practice now focuses on urban design, community planning and graphic design.
Morgan holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from Auburn University. Her Master of Architecture degree is from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. She is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a member of the City of Birmingham’s Design Review Board. She is also working with the Railroad Reservation Park project in downtown Birmingham; the Red Mountain State Park; is a founding board member of the citizen leadership program – YourTownAlabama; and sits on the boards of Space One Eleven and Operation New Birmingham’s Magic City Art Connection.
The Urban Studio’s Small Town Design Initiative Program – a significant component of Auburn’s outreach agenda – has worked with more than 40 small towns and neighborhoods in Alabama under Morgan’s direction.
Director, School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Wall joined the College of Architecture and Design faculty in 2007 after teaching at several institutions around the country, including Rice University; Tulane University, where he taught for 14 years; and the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a visiting assistant professor.
Wall’s experience in the practice of architecture includes work at Barber McMurry Inc. of Knoxville, Architectural Coalition of New Orleans, and Pope/Sherman Architects and Peter Waldman Architects, both in Houston.
Wall spent two and a half years teaching professional practice courses at the college while working at Barber McMurry. He eventually transitioned from the dual role of academician and practitioner to full-time teaching. Even with giving his “all” for the program, Wall knew there was more he wanted to — and could — do for the school, he said.
One of Wall’s most noteworthy contributions to the college has been the Finland Summer Architecture Institute, which he started at Tulane and brought to UT Knoxville in 2006. The study-abroad program focuses on the role of architecture and design as an integral part of Finnish national identity. In order to learn about Finnish architecture, students spend a great deal of time examining Finnish culture, history and traditions. The coursework for the program totaled 15 credit hours — a full semester of work. Some of the work from this program will be on display in November and December at the Ewing Gallery in the Art + Architecture Building in association with the “My Paradise: One Hundred Years of Architects’ Summer Cottages” exhibition.
Wall was named a Fulbright Fellow in 2003 and also was honored in 2007, along with former Dean Marleen Davis, for the urban design project “NOLA 2020: City Districts on High Ground,” a redesign of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Wall, born in New Hampshire and reared in Knoxville, received a bachelor of arts in European history from Davidson College before earning his bachelor of architecture with honors from UT Knoxville. He received his master of architecture from Rice University.