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UT’s College of Architecture and Design continues its 2016–17 Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series Monday, February 20, with Brad Collett, assistant professor in the School of Landscape Architecture and Department of Plant Sciences.

Collett will present “Decision Points: Pathways in Academia + Landscape Performance” at 5:30 p.m. in the Art and Architecture Building’s McCarty Auditorium, Room 109.

Collett leads the Governor’s Chair for Energy and Urbanism’s Tennessee River Studio, comprising landscape architecture and architecture students who are investigating 21st-century challenges facing the Tennessee River and its 40,000-square-mile watershed.

In 2016, he was named a Fulbright Scholar to Slovenia. He taught at the University of Ljubljana on contemporary landscape planning and practices as a means to protect watersheds, mitigate stormwater management challenges, and cultivate healthy communities.

Collett’s research focuses on landscape performance and sustainable planning and design in the context of professional practice. In 2013, he co-authored the report Low Impact Development: Opportunities for the PlanET Region, which celebrates East Tennessee’s iconic landscapes and water resources and proposes low-impact development as an approach to watershed planning and community design.

Under Collett’s leadership, community-engaged service-learning opportunities have been offered through the UT Smart Communities Initiative and the Environmental Design Lab.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It offers continuing education units and will be streamed live.

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 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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