For release: April 3, 2013
For press information, contact Kimberly Rogers at 901.678.4164.
The 2013 William R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Memphis
will feature Professor Susan C. Piedmont-Palladino, architect and author, from Washington
D.C. The lecture will be held Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the University of
Memphis Fogelman Executive Center Lecture Hall.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a display of student work in the Fogelman Executive
Center atrium. The select work from Interior Design and Architecture students in the
Department of Architecture will also be on display during the reception that will
follow the lecture.
Piedmont-Palladino’s lecture, titled “Urbiphilia: Love of cities,” will discuss how
sustainable and beautiful habitats for ourselves and other living things sharing our
world depend on our seeing the productive relationship between cities and natural
A curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., Piedmont-Palladino
is a professor of Architecture and coordinator of the graduate program in Urban Design
at the Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC). Her current
project with the Museum is Intelligent Cities, a multi-faceted initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to investigate the
intersection of information technology and cities. Her book Intelligent Cities was published in December 2011.
Before joining the faculty at WAAC, Piedmont-Palladino taught architecture and design
at the University of Maryland and at the Catholic University of America. She has lectured
and written on sustainability, American urbanism, design-build, and architectural
education. She earned a professional Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech
and holds a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art from the College of William and
Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Each year, the William R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture Series provides students with the opportunity for discussion and insight with recognized
leaders in the field. Alumnus, international interior designer William R. Eubanks
established the lecture for the benefit to the student’s professional and practical
Eubanks also established the James Weaver Memorial Scholarship in Interior Design,
to memorialize his longtime friend, a former Winona, Miss., resident, who died in
1998. The scholarship will be awarded to deserving and qualified students based on
merit, with consideration of need, and given to undergraduate students majoring in
For more information, call 901.678.2724.