The College of Architecture and Design is pleased to present the Governor’s Chair Seminar Series. Highlighting topics on energy and urbanism, the series features several lecturers each semester.
All events are held at 6:00 p.m. at the UT Fabrication Lab, 525 N. Gay Street, Knoxville.
The Spring 2015 Line-up (click to see more details, including bios and directions):
January 21 | Benton Johnson, “Urban Mass Timber: Rethinking Embodied Energy”
As a project engineer for SOM, Johnson has worked on several large scale projects around the world as well as innovative research projects. Mr. Johnson joined SOM in 2007 after completing his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Since joining SOM he has worked on projects such as the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. Johnson’s work at SOM has also included competition and research work aimed at advancing building technology. This work has included the 600 meter tall+ Wuhan Greenland and Fluidic Tower competitions as well as the recently completed Timber Tower Research Project.
Postponed | Kris Takács, “Leveraging Transportation Investment to Transform Urban Districts”
Architect and urban designer Kristopher Takács leads SOM’s City Design practice in the New York office where he manages innovative planning and design services for landmark buildings, districts and campuses that are defining the 21st Century American City. Takács is recognized for his leadership in shaping compact, livable and sustainable communities built around integrated transportation systems, smart infrastructure, and a high-quality public realm — new and reinvented places that catalyze economic development, attract marketplace investment and enhance quality of life.
March 11 | Scott Duncan, “The Earth Project”
Throughout his 13-year tenure at SOM New York, Scott Duncan has developed a broad body of work
recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the Municipal Arts Society of New York City, and the Chicago Athenaeum. He offers extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex projects in Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East, as well as the United States — including large-scale mixed-use, transportation, commercial, hospitality, and residential developments.