Industry Partners Connect. Collaborate. Make a Difference.

A Promising Future

We envision a future of increased urgency to provide more innovative education for the best students through programs and opportunities that challenge the norm, so we see the need to establish long-term industry partners to ensure our successes with innovative programs and stability through times of economic downturn.

A Win-Win

Long-term industry partners provide major gifts and resources to support our important programs:

  • Design/Build Program
  • Professorships
  • Lecture Series
  • Studio Sponsorships
  • Other

Our partners serve on the college’s industry board to advise us on trends in the industry, network with a dozen other industry leaders and collaborate with us to bring the most worthwhile projects to our students.  Partners also offer insight to keep our curriculum relevant, so our graduates are ready to fill jobs in the industry, perhaps even in your company.


Become a Partner

For information about becoming a long-term industry partner, please contact Pamela Cannella Treacy, our Director of Development.

Long-Term Partnerships in Action

Collaborations support our innovation in the studio. . .and help students explore the world. Long-term partnerships involving endowments or major gifts help us expand our curriculum, advance design knowledge and prepare students for careers:

General Shale

General Shale has been a partner for close to 40 years, and over that time, the company has provided $500,000 in gifts for

  • Endowed scholarships
  • Endowed Lectures
  • Brick Masonry Class
  • Donation of bricks

Crossville Inc.

In 2017, we welcomed industry partner, Crossville Inc., one of the world’s premiere tile manufacturers, who made a multi-year commitment to support an Interior Architecture studio and fund students to attend NeoCon each year.

Two students in an open-topped experimental car.

A Legacy of Support

We have a fruitful history of organizations, companies and affiliated industries responding to our call for support, particularly for design/build projects. In fact, over the past 25 years, more than 40 companies have supported our efforts:

  • AGC Flat Glass
  • Apple Tech Computer Fund
  • Baron Corporation
  • Blaine Construction Corporation
  • BRAE/Watts Water Technologies
  • Cannon & Cannon
  • City of Norris
  • Clayton
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • Constructware
  • Crossville Inc.
  • DJ Construction
  • DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Eastman Chemical
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • General Shale Inc.
  • H&M Company Inc.
  • Harrison Concrete
  • IAVO Research and Scientific
  • Kawneer Inc.
  • Local Motors
  • Lyndhurst Foundation
  • Marriott Residence Inn
  • McAbee Hayes Consulting
  • Merit Construction
  • Norris Water Commission
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Owens Corning
  • Paulk + Company
  • Pella Window and Door Company
  • Pilot Corporation
  • Pop Fizz
  • Powell Companies
  • Ross Bryan Associates Inc.
  • Schneider Electric
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Steelform USA
  • Tennessee Score
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • And more

We salute these fine companies for their generous support.