Our acclaimed lecture series started in 1974 and is funded by the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Fund. This extraordinary and generous fund allows us to bring high-level architects and designers to our community to lecture and often exhibit. To date, hundreds of experts have visited with students, faculty, alumni and others in the community. These lectures are usually held at 5:30 p.m. in Rm. 109/McCarty Auditorium. [Due to the coronavirus pandemic, lectures in 2020-2021 will be held virtually usually at 6:30 p.m.]
Governor’s Chair Lectures
The Governor’s Chair Lecture Series featured nationally recognized experts in urban design. The lecturers were leaders at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the three partners in our successful Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism.
The School of Architecture‘s Dialogues series brings engaging professionals to our college, who often spend one-on-one time with student groups.
General Shale Lectures
Since the mid 1990s, General Shale has generously supported lectures, allowing us to bring Pritzker Prize-winners and stand-out design pioneers to the college in a community-wide annual lecture. These lectures are held in downtown Knoxville or on UT campus.
AGC Glass Lectures
In 2021, AGC Glass North America partnered with us to fund lectures by renowned design professionals whose work emphasizes the use of glass. The AGC Glass Lectures are part of the college’s lecture series to supplement the education of students and elevate the profession in the community.
We also welcome visiting critics, participants in our professional practice courses, graduation speakers and many others, who bring their knowledge and expertise to our college and community.