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KNOXVILLE — Two nationally and internationally renowned designers will visit the University of Tennessee this week as part of the UT College of Architecture and Design’s Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series.

Karim Rashid, a leading figure in the furniture and interior design fields, will speak at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7. Dietrich Neumann, a recognized expert in architectural history, will speak at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10. Both lectures will be in the McCarty Auditorium, Room 109, of the Art + Architecture Building. Both are free and open to the public.

Rashid’s expertise is in product, interior, fashion, furniture and lighting design. He heads a design practice in New York City and has designed for an impressive array of clients, from Dirt Devil to Prada. Rashid’s work has been featured in venues across the world, and his career has been marked by some of the most prestigious design awards and honors.

Neumann, a professor of art and architecture history at Brown University, has won many national and international awards for various publications and essays. He has served on the board of directors of the Society of Architectural Historians for several years, currently as second vice president.

“In its 30-year history, this series has brought some of the most innovative and important thinkers in the world of design to the UT campus,” Dean John McRae said. “We are proud to have designers of such high caliber visiting our college.”

Continuing architectural education credit can be earned at both lectures.

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

Florence Graves, (865) 974-5267,
Kristi Hintz, (865) 974-3993,