Peter Walker, the internationally acclaimed landscape architect who designed the National September 11 Memorial, will be at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Sept. 16 to kick off the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series.
The series brings recognized architects and designers to UT to present their work. Free and open to the public, the series also includes exhibitions and films.
All events will be held at the Art and Architecture Building, 1715 Volunteer Blvd. Lectures will begin at 5:30 p.m. and films will be shown at 8 p.m. in McCarty Auditorium. The exhibitions will be featured in the Ewing Gallery and Gallery 103. Webcasts of the lectures are also available at https://tiny.utk.edu/church-lectures.
Walker, a partner in PWP Landscape Architecture in Berkeley, Calif., won an international competition to design the memorial that commemorates the victims of the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon, at Shanksville, Pa., and at New York City's World Trade Center. The competition drew 5,201 submissions from 63 nations.
The memorial, which sits in the footprints of the Twin Towers, consists of two gigantic voids and recessed pools surrounded by a forest of oak trees.
Walker's work ranges from the design of small gardens to the planning of cities, and includes emphasis on corporate headquarters, plazas, cultural gardens, academic campuses and urban regeneration projects.
An exhibit of his work, titled "Before the Memorial," is on exhibit now through Sept. 19 at Gallery 103.