Lectures Professionals Engaging with Students, Community

Our robust lecture series presents dozens of globally renowned lecturers each year to challenge our thinking about design and our role in it.


Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Fund

Our acclaimed lecture series started in 1974 and is funded by the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Fund. This extraordinary and generous fund allows us to bring high-level architects and designers to our community to lecture and often exhibit. To date, hundreds of experts have visited with students, faculty, alumni and others in the community. These lectures are usually held at 5:30 p.m. in Rm. 109/McCarty Auditorium.


General Shale Lectures

Since the mid 1990s, has generously supported lectures, allowing us to bring Pritzker Prize-winners and stand-out design pioneers to the college in a community-wide annual lecture. These lectures are held in downtown Knoxville or on UT campus.


Governor’s Chair Lectures

The Governor’s Chair Lecture Series featured nationally recognized experts in urban design. The lecturers were leaders at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the three partners in our successful Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism.


Dialogues Series

The School of Architecture‘s Dialogues series brings engaging professionals to our college, who often spend one-on-one time with student groups.


AGC Glass Lectures

In 2021, partnered with us to fund lectures by renowned design professionals whose work emphasizes the use of glass.  The AGC Glass Lectures are part of the college’s lecture series to supplement the education of students and elevate the profession in the community.


Other Lectures

We also welcome visiting critics, participants in our professional practice courses, graduation speakers and many others, who bring their knowledge and expertise to our college and community.


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Continuing Education Credits

We are committed to being a resource to the professional design communities. Attending or viewing the lectures may contribute toward maintaining and gaining architecture licensure. For many of our lectures, professionals in the design fields are eligible to receive continuing education credits from the AIA, ASLA, IIDA and 鶹ý. Students may receive supplemental experience hours in the Intern Development Program (IDP) of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).