KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Marleen Kay Davis, dean of the college of architecture and planning at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, will have lunch Wednesday with Prince Charles at Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C.
The luncheon and reception kicks off the 1996 Prince of Wales’ Summer School in Architecture and Building Arts.
The summer school, being held for first time in the United States, is a “private school” of architecture, created to preserve architectural tradition while fostering creativity.
Davis will not attend the six-week summer program, but will get her taste of tradition at the luncheon.
“No one has to curtsy,” she said. “Although we have to address him as ‘Your Royal Highness’ the first time, and after that ‘sir.”‘
Davis was instructed not to bring cameras and to be in place 15 minutes early.
“There are some strong security measures,” she said. “No one is admitted after that (15-minute) cut-off point. Everyone has to be there when he arrives.”
Students from around the world pay $3,000 to attend the annual institute.
Contact: Marleen Davis (423-974-5267)