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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 unless otherwise noted.

The lecture series kicks off next Monday, Sept. 13 with Wendell Burnette, an assistant professor at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University. Burnette, whose lecture is titled “Crafting Space,” is a self-taught architect and principal of Wendell Burnette Architects.

The rest of the lecture series lineup this semester includes:

Sept. 20 — “Sense + Nonsense in Contemporary Architecture” by David Leatherbarrow, director of the Ph.D. Program of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Architecture and author of numerous books including The Roots of Architectural Invention, On Weathering, Surface Architecture, Uncommon Ground: Architecture, Technology, Topography; Architectural Topography, Architecture Oriented Otherwise.

Oct. 11 — “Before │After” by Tricia Stuth, assistant professor in the UT College of Architecture and Design and winner of 2010 New York American Institute for Architects (AIA) Young Architects Award and the 2010 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture New Faculty Award. Stuth is also a lead faculty on The New Norris House project, currently under construction in Norris, Tenn. and in collaboration with Clayton Homes.

Oct. 18 — “In Process” by Brandon Pace and John Sanders, principals in the Knoxville-based architectural firm Pace Sanders Architects and adjunct faculty in the UT College of Architecture and Design. Pace and Sanders also are winners of numerous regional and state-wide AIA design awards.

Nov. 3 — “Physical Work” by Tim McDonald, principal of Onion Flats in Philadelphia, a design/build/manufacturing enterprise. McDonald teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is the winner of numerous AIA design awards.

Nov. 15 — “The Architecture of Birkenau” by Robert Heller, professor in the UT College of Communication and Information and author of Living On: Portraits of Tennessee Survivors and Liberators (2009, University of Tennessee Press).

Nov. 30 — “Megaform as Urban Intervention” by Kenneth Frampton, a Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and the Robert B. Chruch III Memorial Lecturer. Frampton also is author of Modern Architecture: A Critical History; Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture; Labor, Work, and Architecture; and The Evolution of 20th Century Architecture: A Synoptic Account. This lecture will be at 5:30 p.m. in the McClung Museum auditorium.

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

The lecture series also is viewable in archive form. See the College of Architecture and Design’s website,


Kristi Hintz, (865) 974-3993,