Church Lecture Series Highlighting Architecture and Design, Kicks off January 26

Internationally recognized architects and designers will present their work this semester as part of the Church Memorial Lecture Series.

The series, which will feature lectures, films, and exhibits, kicks off Monday, January 26. All events are free and open to the public and provide opportunities to gain insight into the works and ideas in the design disciplines today.

Lectures begin at 5:30 p.m. and films at 8:00 p.m. in the McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard. Exhibitions will be located in the building’s Gallery 103, and on First Fridays at the Downtown Studio Gallery at 500 South Gay Street. Lectures will be broadcast live. An archive of current and past lectures is available online.

This semester’s lineup:

Lectures

January 26—Jason Young will present “skirmishes with the MacroPhenomenal.” Young is the new director of the UT School of Architecture. A researcher specializing in contemporary conditions of American urbanism, Young has taught at the University of Michigan; the University of Illinois at Chicago; the Schwerpunkt Holz in Murau, Austria; and Catholic University of America. Young was named the Helmet F. Stern Professor by the University of Michigan Institute for Humanities, and the Howard A. Friedman Visiting Associate Professor of Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.

February 9—Jenny Sabin, a principal of Jenny Sabin Studio, an experimental architectural design studio based in Philadelphia, will present “Between Architecture and Science: Elasticity and Networks.” She is director of the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell University, a research and design unit with specialization in computational design, data visualization, and digital fabrication. Her work investigates the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures. In 2011, Sabin was named a USA Knight Fellow in Architecture, one of fifty artists nationally by United States Artists.

February 23—MAde (Maigret Arquero Design Studio) will present “Playing Lines.” MAde is the brainchild of Jen Maigret and Maria Arquero. Their research-based design practice is focused on the development of environmentally and culturally sound approaches to architecture and urbanism. Their project Liquid Planning Detroit, a development of design programs contributions to innovations in green infrastructure in Detroit, earned MAde a Faculty Design Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and three design awards from the Michigan branch of the American Institute of Architects.

March 9—Hélène Binet, the General Shale Lecturer, will present “Composing Space 24 Bartholomew Villas.” She has photographed contemporary and historical architecture over a twenty-five-year period. Her clients include noted architects Raoul Bunschoten, Caruso St John, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Studio Mumbai, and Peter Zumthor. Binet is considered one of the world’s most notable architectural photographers.

March 23—Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph of a Los Angeles-based firm will present “The Comma Is Everything.” The duo’s multidisciplinary firm embraces the “intrinsic paradoxical ugly beauty of their surroundings” to produce architecture that is accessible and connected to everyday life.

March 30—Nina-Marie Lister will present “Ecological Design: Resilience Beyond Rhetoric.” Lister is an associate professor of urban and regional planning at Ryerson University and visiting associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. A Registered Professional Planner with a background in ecology and environmental planning, she is the founding principal of plandform, a creative studio practice exploring the relationship between landscape, ecology, and urbanism. Her research focuses on the convergence of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within contemporary cities.

 

Exhibitions:

 

Gallery 103

January 7–23: Jason Young: “skirmishes with the MacroPhenomenal.”

January 26–Feb. 13: Jenny Sabin: “Untitled”

February 16–March 6: MAde: “Playing Lines”

March 9–27: Printworks: “Ungraspable: Walter Jule”

March 30–April 17: Tricia Stuth and Ted Shelton: “The Finland Experience”

April 20–May 10: Brian Ambroziak: “Time-Based Media”

 

Downtown Studio Gallery

February 5-26: “Governor’s Chair Studio”

March 6-30: “Explorations in Interior Design”

April 1-27: “The Smart Cities Initiative”

May 6-August 10: “Energy and Urbanism”

 

Films:

February 11: “Playtime” (1967) by Jacques Tati

March 4: “Blade Runner” (1982) by Ridley Scott

March 25: “For All Mankind” (1989) by Al Reinert

C O N T A C T:

Kiki Roeder (865-974-6713, kroeder@utk.edu)