For release: April 12, 2011
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843
The 2011 William R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture in Interior Design at the University
of Memphis will feature noted designer and author Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, who will
speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the University of Memphis Fogelman Executive
Center Lecture Hall. Her lecture will discuss Sustainable Design in the Workplace.
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn
A reception will follow her talk. Both events are free and open to the public.
Work by students in the Department of Architecture’s Interior Design Program will
be on display before the lecture and during the reception.
Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C, has made environmental and socially-minded strategies
the foundation of her work and is a national and local leader in sustainable design
solutions. She is widely recognized as a lecturer on sustainable design, indoor air quality,
workplace issues, material development, and other facets of ecologically responsible
She serves on the board of the Minnesota Environmental Fund and served recently as
a director on the board of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She helped create Minnesota’s current sustainable building design guidelines, Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota.
Lynn is the recipient of the Designer of Distinction Award from the Minnesota Chapter
of the American Society of Interior Designers and the prestigious 40 Under 40 Business
Leaders Award given by the Twin Cities Business Journal.
She and a partner, David Loehr, AIA , AICP, LEED AP BD+C, operate Studio 2030. The firm works in an integrated way by tapping a wide spectrum of knowledge in architecture,
interior design, urban planning, energy modeling, engineering, landscape architecture,
technology, and science.
William R. Eubanks inaugurated the William R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture Series in Interior Design at the University of Memphis through an endowment in 2007. Lectures in the series take place annually, with outstanding speakers in the field
of interior design chosen by a committee of the faculty in association with Eubanks.
The 2007 speaker was Dr. Frank Koe, former dean of the New York School of Interior
Design. The speaker in 2009 was Jennifer Garrigues, international interior designer, and
in 2010 the speakers were VERANDA’s Features Editor Linda Sherbert and author and historian John Francisco Andreu.
Eubanks has also established theJames 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 Interior
William R. Eubanks Interior Design Inc. was Weaver’s professional home in Memphis
for many years, and the University of Memphis is alma mater to Weaver and Eubanks. A portrait of Weaver was given to the University’s Interior Design Program.
Eubanks characterizes the Interior Design Program as “...so important for the future
of our city.”
“These young men and women at the University of Memphis will help shape our community’s
design future. The more tools we provide them, the greater their accomplishments will be,” he said.
Contributions may be made to theWilliam R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture Series in Interior Design and to the James Weaver Memorial Scholarship Fund in Interior Design. Gifts should be made payable to The University of Memphis Foundation, Dept. 238,
P. O. Box 1000, Memphis, Tenn., 38148. For more information, call 901- 678-4164.