Katherine Ambroziak's research focuses on sensory perception and consciousness—how the designer and occupant interpret or interact with spaces, whether through action, emotion, or memory. Her work investigates theories and practices related to these topics, especially as they apply to contemporary ritual and memorial design. A licensed architect in the state of Tennessee, she is active in community engagement as an academic and civic pursuit. Since 2009, she has served as the primary designer and coordinator of the Odd Fellows Cemetery and Potters Field Rehabilitation Project, a conservation and reclamation initiative that aims to educate and support East Knoxville communities through the design and future implementation of a landscape memorial. She also is involved in the Appalachia Community Health and Disaster Readiness Project and the university's Smart Communities Initiative.
Topics of expertise: Architecture, memorial design, ritual design, community engagement, Appalachian studies, Odd Fellows Cemetery and Potters Field Rehabilitation Project
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Discipline: Architecture & Design