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KNOXVILLE — The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has invited several nationally and internationally prominent architects, designers, historians and theorists to present their work as part of the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series this semester.

Free and open to the public, all presentations and lectures are held at 5:30 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium of the Art + Architecture Building.

The first presentation in the lecture series is Monday, Sept. 15, and will be led by Benjamin Flowers, an assistant professor of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His lecture, “Constructing the Modern Skyscraper: The Architecture and Ideology of the Manhattan Skyline,” is in conjunction with the exhibition “New York Rises” currently on display at the Ewing Gallery in the Art + Architecture Building. The exhibition ends Oct. 1.

The rest of the lecture series lineup this fall includes:

Sept. 22 — “Greening the Ghetto,” by Majora Carter, an environmental advocate and artist born and raised in South Bronx. Carter is the Church Lecturer — the series highlight lecturer — this semester.

Sept. 29 — “Once Upon a Time There Was a World…” by Andrea Löfke, an internationally renowned sculptor from Leipzig, Germany. This lecture is a joint-sponsorship with the School of Art, the Sculpture Club, Downtown Gallery and Haines-Morris.

Oct. 6 — “Ten Questions for NAAB,” by D.S. Friedman. In conjunction with the lecture, there will be a panel discussion, “Writing and Rhetoric in Practice,” featuring Tom Fisher, D.S. Friedman and James Musgraves, moderated by Professor George Dodds at noon.

Oct. 20 — “el dorado inc: recent sitings,” by Josh Shelton, director of operations and principal at el dorado inc., a firm in Kansas City, Mo. Shelton is a graduate of the UT Knoxville School of Architecture.

Nov. 3 — “Reflections on Water in Islamic Landscape and Architecture,” by D. Fairchild Ruggles, an architectural historian whose research focuses on the Islamic world from the 7th century to the present.

Additional information about each lecture will be available closer to the presentation dates.

Continuing architectural education credit can be earned at each of these lectures.

The lecture series also is viewable over the Internet, both live and in archive form. See the College of Architecture and Design’s Web site,

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