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KNOXVILLE – Architecture professor Max Robinson will lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 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. During its 30-year history, the series has brought some of the most innovative and important thinkers in the world of design to the UT campus.

“This lecture series provides a wonderful means, in addition to our regular external speakers, to hear more about the work of our own faculty as well,” said John McRae, dean of the College of Architecture and Design. “Professor Max Robinson is extremely well-regarded by the local design profession so we expect a huge turnout for his presentation.”

Robinson will discuss some basic theoretical notions that may be overlooked today when speculating upon what architecture is all about. The question serving as title of his presentation, …but is it ARCHITECTURE?, is posed in an attempt to reconsider the standards by which architects measure the successful achievements of built works.

Robinson recently was awarded the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee Gold Medal for his contributions to the architecture profession. He has spent 29 of the past 40 years in teaching and administrative positions at UT Knoxville, including serving as director of the School of Architecture for 10 years. Throughout most of his teaching career, Robinson has maintained an independent architecture practice.

Continuing architectural education credit can be earned at Monday’s lecture.

The lecture series also is viewable over the Internet both live and in archive form. See the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series Web page,

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