August 11, 2014 UT Architecture and Design Kicks Off Fall Lecture Series

The celebrated Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, kicks off the 2014 academic year this month with a dynamic lineup of internationally recognized architects and designers.

The lecture series, sponsored by the UT College of Architecture and Design, provides opportunities to gain insight to the latest ideas in the architecture and design disciplines today through exhibitions, presentations and films.

All events are free and open to the public.

Lecture series activities will be at the UT Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard. Lectures will begin at 5:30 p.m. and films will be at 8:00 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium. Exhibitions will be featured in the Ewing Gallery and Gallery 103.

Webcasts of the lectures are also available at

The semester lineup:


August 25: Beatriz Colomina is a professor of architecture and founding director of the program in media and modernity at Princeton University. She is the author of several books including Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media, which was awarded the 1995 International Book Award by the American Institute of Architects and has been published in nine languages. She’s also authored Sexuality and Space which received the 1993 International Book Award from the American Institute of Architects, and Domesticity at War. Her most recent book Manifesto Architecture was published this year.

September 15: Saija Hollmén is a partner of Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects, a firm that focuses on environmental and aesthetic sustainability. Environmental sustainability uses local, recycled, and renewable materials and designs sites according to the local climate. Aesthetic sustainability focuses on functionality, culture, and how a building fits into the environment. In 2007 the firm founded a non-governmental organization named Ukumbi that offers architectural services for communities in need in developing countries to mitigate poverty and empower the communities.

September 22: Frances Halsband is a founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects, a leading New York City design firm known for award-winning work in architecture, master planning, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse for educational, cultural, civic, government, and private clients. As a designer, she has been responsible for award-winning buildings at numerous universities and colleges including Columbia, Arcadia, Dartmouth, Vassar, and Johns Hopkins as well as campus plans for Brown, Yale, Brooklyn College, Harvard Divinity School, Smith College, and Wellesley College.

September 29: Julie Snow leads Snow Kreilich Architects, a studio-based practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The studio focuses on innovative designs that expand the understanding of architectural performance. The design strategies highlight how architecture performs within each project’s social, cultural and economic context. The practice has been recognized with numerous awards including the American Institute of Architects Honor Award.

October 6: Signe Nielsen has been a landscape architect and urban designer in New York since 1978. Her body of work has transformed the quality of spaces for those who live, work, and play in urban areas. Her work focuses on creating new open spaces within underserved communities and to improve access to recreational resources. A fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, she has received more than 100 national and local design awards for public open space projects and is published extensively in national and international publications.

October 13: Liz Ogbu is associate design director at Public Architecture, a national nonprofit that mobilizes designers to create positive social change. As part of the leadership team, she directs the organization’s public-interest design initiatives and consultancy practice, which creatively addresses environmental and social-justice issues. She currently leads the organization’s involvement in the Day Labor Station, a design and advocacy campaign that works with day laborers around the country as clients and seeks to address issues of space, dignity, and community.

October 27: Lois Weinthal is chair of the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Her research and practice investigates the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing, and objects, and results in works that take on an experimental nature. Her teaching explores topics where theoretical discussions in seminars are put into practice in the design studio. She is the editor of Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory, and co-editor of After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design with Kent Kleinman and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury. Recently, she co-authored with Graeme Brooker the Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design.

November 3: Lady Patty Hopkins co-founded Hopkins Architects in 1976. She became an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland in 1996 and the American Institute of Architects in 1997 and won the RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture in 1994 with firm co-founder Michael Hopkins. She is a trustee of the National Gallery and member of the Architectural Association. Her practice has won many awards for its work and has twice been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, including in 2011 for the 2012 London Velodrome and in 2006 for Evelina Children’s Hospital. Hopkins Architects was awarded the Royal Institute of British ArchitectsRoyal Gold Medal in 1994 and Michael Hopkins was knighted for services to architecture.


August 4 to August 22: Hansjoerg Goeritz

August 25 to September 12: Lakeside: The Work of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill

September 15 to October 3: Saija Hollmén

October 6 to 24: Signe Nielsen

October 27 to November14: Patty Hopkins: Hopkins Architects—the Early Years

November 17 to December 11: Works from the School of Art


September 3Rope (1948) by Alfred Hitchcock

September 24: Nostalgia (1983) by Andrei Tarkovsky

October 22: The Shining (1980) by Stanley Kubrick

November 5: The Passenger (2011) by Terrence Malick

C O N T A C T :
Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713,