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KNOXVILLE—The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host its annual Designing Environments for Health lecture series this spring.

The programs, which kick off next week, explore the importance of architecture and interior design in the construction of health-related facilities. They are free and open to the public.

The first lecture is at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22. Sheila Bosch, director of research at Gresham Smith & Partners, will give a talk entitled “What’s all the hype about evidence-based design?”

All lectures will be from 6:00 to 7:30p.m. in the Art and Architecture Building, Room 111, unless otherwise noted.

“The relationship between built environment and health has never been more timely,” said BJ Miller, coordinator of the lecture series. “The Designing Environments for Health lecture series continues to promote the connection between health and the design of our environments by bringing together the design and healthcare professions to further the discussion.”

The rest of the line-up includes:

  • March 28: “Create ‘Living’ Environments for Seniors” by David Minnigan. This event is sponsored by Earl Swensson Associates.
  • April 11: Bill Bruce and Sarah Kennedy of Designing4Health will discuss the relationship between community transportation systems and public spaces and what impact these have on community health.

C O N T A C T S :

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713,

B.J. Miller, lecture series coordinator (