Univ. of Texas Architecture Dean to Speak Monday at UT Knoxville College of Architecture and Design

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The College of Architecture and Design has invited several nationally and internationally prominent architects, designers, historians and theorists to present their work as part of the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series this semester. The series continues Monday, March 30, with Fritz Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.

Free and open to the public, Steiner’s presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium of the Art + Architecture Building.

His lecture, “Making Territory,” will focus on how cities and landscapes change and how technology connects us. The presentation also will explore the sense of place and sense of region and how certain regional identities foster creativity.

Steiner is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and has worked with local, state, and federal agencies on diverse environmental plans and designs. He currently is part of a UT Knoxville team that organized an exhibit on the resilience of the Gulf Coast and the city of New Orleans for the 2006 Venice Biennale. In 2005, he was on a team, selected from over 1,000 entries, to be one of five finalists in the United Flight 93 National Memorial Competition in Pennsylvania.

As a Fulbright-Hays scholar in 1980, he conducted research on ecological planning at the Wageningen University, The Netherlands. In 1998, he was the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome.

The series wraps up the spring semester on Monday, April 6, with a lecture by Craig Curtis of The Miller/Hull Partnership. His lecture, “Public Works: Bringing life, personality and warmth to public architecture,” will explore various public works project managed by The Miller/Hull Partnership.

Continuing architectural education credit can be earned at each of these lectures.

The lecture series also is viewable over the Internet both live and in archive form. See the College of Architecture and Design’s Web site, http://www.arch.utk.edu. For more information, call 974-5267.

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