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The College of Architecture and Design 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 lecture series continues Monday, Sept. 21, with James Ludwig, an architect and industrial designer. Ludwig currently is the North American design director and vice president of Global Design for Steelcase, Inc., a global office furniture design company. Ludwig will present “The Language of Design: Exploring the Social, Spatial and Informational Interfaces of Work.”

Ludwig joined Steelcase in July 1999 as director of design of Integrated Architectural Products. He has been vice president since March 2008, overseeing global responsibility for the product design direction of Steelcase and teams in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Prior to joining Steelcase, Ludwig was a founding partner of bold:architects.designers., an interdisciplinary design consultancy in Berlin, Germany, from 1995 until 1999. Ludwig also has taught in both the architecture and industrial design departments at the Hochschule der Künste-Berlin, now Berlin University of the Arts.

Ludwig earned a bachelor of fine arts in industrial design from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and a bachelor of architecture from The Cooper Union in New York City. In 1992, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant.

The next lecture in the series will be on Oct. 5, with UT Knoxville architecture alumnus Randall Stout, president and principal-in-charge of Los Angeles-based Randall Stout Architects, Inc. He will present “Environmental Alchemy: Randall Stout Architects, Inc.” Stout lectures widely on the topic of green design at professional summits, focusing on real strategies and solutions for sustainable design both in the U.S. and abroad.

Additional information about upcoming lectures 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,