September 27, 2013 UT Church Lecture Series to Present Preston Scott Cohen

Preston Scott Cohen, the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and founder of Preston Scott Cohen Inc., will present “Successive Typologies” on Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. His recent projects include the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building, the Keystone School Auditorium in Beijing, the Nanjing Performing Arts Center and the Goldman Sachs Arcade Canopy in New York. A winner of several design awards, Cohen is author of Contested Symmetries, the forthcoming Lightfall: The Return of Nature, and numerous theoretical essays.

The Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series brings recognized architects and designers to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design each semester. Free and open to the public, the series also includes exhibitions and films.

All events will be held at the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Lectures will begin at 5:30 p.m. and films will be shown at 8 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium. The exhibitions will be featured in the Ewing Gallery and Gallery 103. Webcasts of the lectures are also available at

Design professionals may receive continuing education credits by attending or viewing the lectures, and students may receive supplemental experience hours in the Intern Development Program of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Upcoming lecture series events:

Visiting Lectures:

  • Oct. 11: Iñaqui Carnicero of Madrid will present, “Second Hand Spaces,” as part of the college’s relationship with the Embassy of Spain’s Cultural Office. He’ll use his projects to explore the relationship between architecture and economical contexts. Carnicero’s work has received numerous accolades, including the 2012 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record, the 2012 Hauser Award, the 2012 FAD Spanish Architecture and Public Opinion Award, the 2011 Emerging Architecture Award Architectural Review, and the 2009 Rome Prize.
  • Oct. 14: John Christakos, founder and CEO of innovative furniture company, Blu Dot, will present “Design from the Inside Out.” Collaboration is central to Blu Dot’s design process, which strives “to bring good design to as many people as possible.” Christakos will talk about his company’s inventive use of materials, playful sensibility, and fabrication and assembly strategies.
  • Nov. 4: Pavel Zoubok and Rachael Lawe will present “Collage Culture: From Picasso to Facebook.” The pair are from the International Collage Center, an organization dedicated to the research and presentation of collage in its various forms, which provides narrative through collage that is both aesthetic and cultural. The lecture is given in partnership with the UT School of Art.


  • Sept. 12–Oct. 21: Fransje Killaars: Color at the Center, the Ewing Gallery
  • Sept. 23–Oct. 10: Roberto De Leon and M. Ross Primmer: Recent Work, Gallery 103
  • Oct. 14–24: Blu Dot: Design from the Inside Out, Gallery 103
  • Oct. 28–Dec. 8: Remix: Selections from the International Center for Collage and Collage Works by Richard Meier, the Ewing Gallery
  • Oct. 28–Nov. 21: Brian R. Jobe: Replies, Gallery 103


  • Oct. 2: “Crash” (2004) by Paul Haggis
  • Oct. 23: “Amores Perros” (2006) by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Nov. 6: “Tree of Life” (2011) by Terrence Malick


To access the webcasts, biographies, and continuing education sections for each lecturer, please visit here. Cohen’s presentation will be available for viewing here.