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Architect William Tate continues Art & Art History Distinguished Lecture Series

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    William Tate  Architect, teacher and founder of the Umbau School of Architecture, Tate will continue the Art & Art History Distinguished Lecture series at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28.  Courtesy photo
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William Tate, architect, associate professor at James Madison University and founder of Umbau, an experimental laboratory for education and architecture, continues the Art & Art History Distinguished Lecture series with a featured lecture entitled, “U: BUILDING PUCCINI architecture, memes, education + landers.”

Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in Andrews Hall, room 101 on the campus of William & Mary. Tate realized a major dream of working with Ricardo Legorreta in Mexico City, getting to meet Luis Barragán, and has since started a summer architecture and design studio in Vienna, Austria. The work with Umbau uses Vienna as a springboard into questions of action and new ways forward in architecture.

“The poetic and complex nature of Tate's talk asks us to embrace learning not only as an academic endeavor, but as an all encompassing approach to understanding and building life and the world around us,” said Elizabeth Mead, associate professor of art & art history.

Using architecture as a framework, he’ll examine how is it that we can all be in a world that’s more productive, vibrant and thoughtful.”

Launched in spring 2011, the Art & Art History Distinguished Lecture Series is designed to bring new, high-profile artists and art critics to campus each semester to discuss topics within the fields of art and art history.