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Lecture: Scott Duncan

February 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

No cost

UT Governor’s Chair Lecture to Address Relationship of Buildings and Ecosystems



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Scott Duncan, design partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will lecture at the College of Architecture and Design at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6. The lecture will be held in McCarty Auditorium in the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard. 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 part, drawing on examples from SOM’s work over the past 80 years along with current projects and research.

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

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, is the world’s first supertall tower for which energy is the primary design driver. The iconic headquarters building is targeting GBCI Platinum Net Positive Energy Consumption.

The lecture is part of the Governor’s Chair Lecture Series. It will be streamed live and offers continuing education credit.

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 the University of Tennessee 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 more information, visit

For 43 years, the UT 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 2016-2017, more than a dozen professionals from around the world will lecture at the college. For the full list, visit



February 6, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
No cost