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Visiting architect Brian MacKay-Lyons will lecture about the utopian and ethical nature of architecture at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in the McCarty Auditorium, Room 109, of the Art + Architecture Building at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Free and open to the public, this lecture is part of the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series organized each semester by the College of Architecture and Design.

“This lecture series brings many prominent architects, designers and theorists to the university,” said Katherine Ambroziak, architecture professor and chair of the lecture committee. “We are proud to have a guest speaker of Brian MacKay-Lyons’ caliber visiting our college.”

MacKay-Lyons is founder and partner of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He received his Master of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was presented the Dean’s Award for Design. He is currently a professor of architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax, one of Canada’s top research universities.

MacKay-Lyons’ expertise is in the development of projects that are related to the context and culture of the geographic region, including a strong emphasis on sustainability and green design. He will lecture about the built works of his practice and how they are responsive to the environment and the regional culture. He also will address the extent to which architectural design should be considered as an agent of change in society.

Continuing architectural education credit can be earned at this lecture.
The lecture series is now viewable over the Internet both live and in archive form. See the College of Architecture and Design’s Web site,

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