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Wendell Burnette, a self-taught architect with an internationally recognized body of work, will lead a process discussion titled “Thinking and Making” as part of the College of Architecture and Design‘s Church Lecture Series.

Burnett’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, October 12, in the McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building.

Wendell BurnetteDuring his lecture, Burnette will present his view that architecture is a constructed conversation between people, things, and time. He will discuss the process behind a range of built and unbuilt work across nearly twenty years of practice. For Burnette, this work is grounded in listening and distilling the essence of a project to create highly specific architecture that is simultaneously functional and poetic.

The lecture coincides with an exhibit and monograph, Dialogues in Space: Process and Ideas in the Work of Wendell Burnette Architects. Burnette is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, founder of Wendell Burnette Architects in Phoenix, Arizona, and the 2015 College of Architecture and Design BarberMcMurry Professor.

The BarberMcMurry Professorship was established to promote design excellence through teaching by a visiting professor, an internationally or nationally recognized practicing architect. It is the result of two gifts: a bequest from Charles I. Barber, a respected Knoxville architect, and a gift from his firm, BarberMcMurry architects. In 2011, the firm’s leaders, UT architecture alumni Kelly Headden and Charles Griffin matched the Barber gift to produce the $1 million endowment.

The lecture will be streamed live and offers participants continuing education units.


Amanda F. Johnson, (865-974-6401,