Langston Dailey wins prestigious Lyceum Fellowship

Langston Dailey, an architectural student working at BarberMcMurry, has won a First Prize in the prestigious Lyceum Fellowship – which comes with $12,000 for three months studying abroad. 

The Lyceum Fellowship is an international design competition. Each year, the Fellowship holds a student-only design competition, convening a jury of highly regarded industry professionals and bestowing a travel grant upon the winning entrant. That student is encouraged to visit architecturally significant places of his or her choosing all over the world, documenting and subsequently reporting back on the experience. 

    Langston’s winning design, Underland, encompasses a site in San Antonio, Texas, that includes Friesenhahn Cave – one of the most important archeological sites in North America, which needed a dedicated research facility on-site. Underland explores the implication of presenting circulation on the site as a linear procession through a “Time Warp Tunnel.” As visitors wend through the tunnel, the “Time Warp” ejects occupants directly at the cave's entrance, effectively bridging the gap between Anthropocene and Pleistocene. 

    Other aspects of the site plan include classroom space, a field house for visiting researchers, and a research lab and archive. 

    The design jury “appreciated the ambition of mixing architectural languages – steel, tectonic forms to stone, geologic forms. The project defines its own architectural language and feels fresh.” 

    Langston is a student at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture + Design. He intends to graduate in May 2023. 

    For more information about the Lyceum Fellowship, visit

    Congrats to Michaela Mary for earning her WELL AP

    Michaela Mary, WELL AP, an architectural graduate at BarberMcMurry Architects, has earned the credential of WELL Accredited Professional. 

    Like LEED, WELL is a sustainable design credential and building standard. WELL is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness in the built environment, marrying best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research on human health and wellbeing. 

    BarberMcMurry has ten WELL APs — more than any design firm in the greater Knoxville area — a credential purposely chosen as part of the firm’s commitment to common-sense sustainable design with real, positive impacts on everyday health and wellness. 

    Mary graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture + Design in 2019, and from Pellissippi State Community College in 2016. She has experience in civic, small commercial and office design. During her time in school, she worked at the University’s FabLab, where she gained skills in digital fabrication and additive manufacturing. She is currently working toward licensure.

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