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Scott Duncan, design partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will lecture at UT’s College of Architecture and Design at 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 6, in McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building. It is free and open to the public.

Duncan’s lecture, “From the Bubble to the Sponge,” will explore a fundamental shift in the relationship between buildings and the ecosystems of which they are a part, drawing on examples from SOM’s work over the past 80 years along with current projects and research.

Throughout Duncan’s 17-year tenure at SOM, his work has been featured in numerous international publications and recognized by the American Institute of Architects, MIPIM Asia and the World Architecture Festival.

His extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex projects around the world includes large-scale mixed-use transportation, commercial, hospitality, and residential developments in Asia.

Duncan’s most recent large-scale project, the Pertamina Energy Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia, is the world’s first super-tall tower for which energy is the primary design driver. The iconic headquarters building is targeted to reach GBCI Platinum Net Positive Energy Consumption status.

Duncan’s lecture is part of the Governor’s Chair Lecture Series. It will be streamed live and offers continuing education credits for architects.

Started in 2014, the Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments is an unprecedented five-year, $2.5 million public-private partnership of UT’s College of Architecture and Design; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Governor’s Chair is a catalyst for change that seeks to optimize the relationship between energy and urbanism. Using the unique collaboration of science, design, and academia, the Governor’s Chair partners pursue environmentally responsible design, emerging clean energy technologies for buildings and communities, sustainable urban planning, and a merging of urbanism and natural systems to open new vistas of research and exploration.

For 43 years, UT’s College of Architecture and Design has hosted leading architects and design professionals through its Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series and, more recently, the Governor’s Chair Lecture Series to enrich the education of its students and elevate the profession in the community. In 2016–17, more than a dozen professionals from around the world will lecture at the college.



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