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Nationally and internationally known architects, designers, historians, and theorists will present their work this semester at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series.

The series, sponsored by the UT College of Architecture and Design, kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today with David Burns, director of photography and situated media at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Burns, both an architect and artist, will speak on his currently displayed exhibition, “Partial Architectures.”

The lecture series is free and open to the public. It is composed of exhibitions, presentations, and films.

All presentations and lectures will be at 5:30 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard, unless otherwise noted. The films will be shown at 8:00 p.m. The exhibitions will be featured in Gallery 103, which is visible from the atrium of the building.

The semester lineup includes:


January 23: Designers Callejas, Mazo and Mejia of Paisajes Emergentes in Medellin, Colombia, will speak on topics in landscape architecture.

January 30: Max Underwood, professor of architecture from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, will speak on Charles and Ray Eames. An additional lunch talk will be available to interested parties earlier in the day at 12:00 p.m. in 103A, Art and Architecture Building.

February 13: “Digital Materiality in Architecture” by Fabio Gramazio, architect and digital fabricator of Gramazio & Kohler in Zurich, Switzerland.

March 12: Karl-Heinz Schmitz, professor of architecture at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. Schmitz is an expert in the design and theory of building types, and will present on architecture and urbanism.

March 26: Massimo Carmassi will be the General Shale Lecturer, the keynote speaker of the spring series. Carmassi is a specialist in restoration and preservation in architecture and urban design. He will visit the university from Florence, Italy.

April 2: Fran Silvestre of Fran Silvestre Navarro Arquitectos in Valencia, Spain, will present on topics in contemporary architecture.

April 9: Vinayak Bharne, director of design at Moule & Polyzoides Architects & Urbanists in Pasadena, California, and lecturer of architecture at the University of Southern California, will speak on issues in architecture and theory.


January 18 – February 17: “Partial Architectures” by David Burns. Gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 18.

February 20 – March 9: “Slipmatch or Book Match” by Brown and Green. Gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 20

March 12 – April 6: “Night Work” by J.W. Lawson. Opening at 7:00 p.m.

April 9 – April 27: “Relative Sense” by Leslie Hatten. Opening at 7:00 p.m.


January 25: “The Red Shoes” (1948) by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

February 8: “Last Year at Marienbad” (1961) by Alain Renais.

February 22: “Cinema Paradiso” (1988) by Giuseppe Tornatore.

March 7: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006) by Guillermo del Toro.

March 28: “V for Vendetta” (2006) by James McTeigue.

April 4: “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007) by Wes Anderson.

To download a printable PDF version of the events happening during the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series, visit

All webcasts of the lectures are available at

C O N T A C T :

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713,

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,