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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 series kicks off Monday, Feb. 15, with Dan Hoffman, principal at STUDIO MA in Phoenix. His lecture, “Green Desert: The Work of STUDIO MA,” will explore the projects of the architecture and environmental practice.

The rest of the lecture series lineup this semester includes:

  • Feb. 22 — Michael Rock, a professor of design at the Yale University School of Art, is also a founding partner and creative director at 2×4, a multidisciplinary studio focusing on design for art, architecture, fashion and cultural clients worldwide. He will present “A Brief History of the Screen.”
  • March 15 — Anita Berrizbeitia, a professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University, will present “Charles Eliot’s Scientific Landscape Architecture.”
  • March 22 — Alberto Perez-Gomez, director of post-professional programs and chair of the history and theory of architecture division at the McGill University School of Architecture in Canada, will present “Ethical Architecture Beyond Globalization.”
  • March 25 — Marc Neveu, assistant professor of architecture at California Polytechnic State University, will present “Theses on Thesis.”
  • March 26 — Peter Cardew of Peter Carew Architects in Vancouver, British Columbia, is this semester’s General Shale Lecturer, the highlight presenter of the series. He will present “Drawing Conclusions.”
  • April 5 — Ben Nicholson, a Max Fischer Professor of Architecture from the University of Michigan, will present “Architecture’s Sixth Sense: The Labyrinth.”

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

The lecture series will be viewable both live and in archive form online.

For more information about the series, visit

C O N T A C T :

Kristi Hintz, (865-974-3993,