‘Discovery’ architect to speak at UT Martin

‘Discovery’ architect to speak at UT Martin

Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 9:14 pm


Internationally-known Cana-dian architect Douglas Cardinal will speak at 4 p.m. Oct. 9 in Watkins Auditorium at the University of Tennessee at Mar-tin.

Honors Programs is co-sponsoring the event with the Center for Global Studies and the Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta as part of their “Great North in the Deep South” Speaker Series, as well as the UT Martin Academic Speaker Series.

Cardinal’s lecture title is “Discovery Park of America: Reflections of an Architect’s Life and Vision.”

“Douglas Cardinal is one of the outstanding architects of the contemporary period,” said Dr. Dan McDonough, UT Martin Honors Programs director. “He has a long list of amazing buildings to his credit. The people of West Tennessee are fortunate to have such an accomplished architect leading the design of the Discovery Park of America (planned in Union City).”

The son of a game warden, Cardinal was born in Alberta. He studied architecture at the University of British Columbia and received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas. He located his architectural practice in Edmonton and practiced from 1967-1985, before moving to Ottawa, where he is currently based.

Cardinal has established an international reputation for excellence in natural design and is “credited with having created an indigenous Canadian style of architecture with his curvilinear, organic buildings.” Among his most prominent designs are St. Mary’s Church in Red Deer, Alberta (which first established his reputation), the Edmonton Space and Science Center, the Government Services Center in Ponoka, Alberta, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. His designs in the United States include the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and he is currently the principal architect for Discovery Park of Amerca in Union City, a multi-million dollar project originated by the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation.

Cardinal is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Society of Canada. He was presented with the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and with Canada’s most coveted honor, the Order of Canada. He is the recipient of a large number of honorary degrees and doctorates in both Canada and the United States. In addition to Canada, his work has been exhibited in France, Belgium, Poland and the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Besides receiving accolades for his major contributions to architecture, Cardinal has also earned praise for his lifelong advocacy of the rights of native peoples in Canada.

For more information, contact McDonough at (731) 881-7436.
Published in The Messenger 10.01,08

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