Commercial Appeal — "Here's how Memphis students are reshaping Tom Lee Park"

Students from North and South Memphis will serve as “embedded designers” alongside the internationally-recognized design team leading the redesign of the riverfront from bluff to bank between Georgia and Beale. The students are participating in monthly workshops, joint site visits and public engagement management that will directly contribute to the final designs for the most visible area of Memphis’ riverfront – including Tom Lee Park.


The Youth Design Leadership program gives young Memphians identified by Douglas High School and Knowledge Quest, the opportunity to work as a key piece of the design team alongside international architecture and urban design practice Studio Gang. Studio Gang was recently named one of the world’s best architectural firms by ArchDaily and their work to produce the Memphis Riverfront Concept is award-winning. Studio Gang is leading a robust curriculum that combines workshop-style educational sessions with immersive professional practice experiences. Students will join regularly scheduled design team meetings, workshops and site visits and will lead work in their communities to gather new and diverse perspectives to be considered in the design process.

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Medium — "Acclaimed Architects Embed Local Students in Redesign of Tom Lee Park"

"Studio Gang...has launched a Youth Design Leadership Program as part of their commission to reimagine the Memphis riverfront and Tom Lee Park for the Memphis River Parks Partnership. The Youth Design Leadership Program will embed local students in the process of reimagining 25 acres of the Mississippi riverfront from bluff to bank between Georgia and Beale."