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The Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series kicks off the 2014-2015 academic year with a dynamic lineup of internationally recognized architects and designers.

The lecture series, sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design, gives participants opportunities to gain insight on the latest ideas in the architecture and design disciplines through exhibitions, presentations, and films. All events are free and open to the public. Activities will be in the UT Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Lectures will begin at 5:30 p.m. and films will be at 8:00 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium. Exhibitions will be in the Ewing Gallery and Gallery 103.

Webcasts and more information about the lectures, films and exhibits are available online.

The semester lineup:


August 25: Beatriz Colomina is a professor of architecture and founding director of the program in media and modernity at Princeton University. She has authored several books including Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media.

September 15: Saija Hollmén is a partner of Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects, a firm that focuses on environmental and aesthetic sustainability.

September 22: Frances Halsband is founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects, a New York City design firm known for award-winning work in architecture, master planning, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse for educational, cultural, civic, government, and private clients.

September 29: Julie Snow leads Snow Kreilich Architects, a studio-based practice in Minneapolis. The studio focuses on innovative designs that expand the understanding of architectural performance. The design strategies highlight how architecture performs within each project’s social, cultural, and economic context.

October 6: Signe Nielsen has been a landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978. Her work has transformed the quality of spaces for those who live, work, and play in urban areas. Her work focuses on creating new open spaces in underserved communities and improving access to recreational resources.

October 13: Liz Ogbu is associate design director at Public Architecture, a national nonprofit that mobilizes designers to create positive social change. As part of the leadership team, she directs the organization’s public-interest design initiatives and consultancy practice, which creatively addresses environmental and social justice issues.

October 20: Hélène Binet has photographed contemporary and historical architecture over a 25-year period. Her clients include noted architects Raoul Bunschoten, Caruso St John, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Studio Mumbai and Peter Zumthor.

October 27: Lois Weinthal is chair of the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Her research and practice investigate the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing, and objects, and results in works that take on an experimental nature.

November 3: Lady Patty Hopkins co-founded Hopkins Architects in 1976. She became an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland in 1996 and the American Institute of Architects in 1997.



August 4 to 22: Hansjoerg Goritz
August 25 to September 12: Lakeside: The Work of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
September 15 to October 3: Saija Hollmén
October 6 to 24: Signe Neilsen
October 27 to November 14: Patty Hopkins: Hopkins Architects—The Early Years
November 17 to December 11: Works from the School of Art



September 3: Rope (1948) by Alfred Hitchcock
September 24: Nostalgia (1983) by Andrei Tarkovsky
October 22: The Shining (1980) by Stanley Kubrick
November 5: The Passenger (2011) by Terrence Malick

C O N T A C T :

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713,

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,