Lead architect in post-Katrina recovery project this year’s Grisham-Trentham honoree and speaker

AUBURN – Architect John C. Williams is the honoree and speaker for the 23rd annual Grisham-Trentham Lecture sponsored by Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences and the Department of Consumer Affairs. Williams, of John C. Williams Architects based in New Orleans, is executive architect for actor Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Project, created to revitalize New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina.

The free public lecture will be held Thursday, April 2, at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Williams also serves in the leadership role for the Global Green Holy Cross Project, a LEED Platinum development in the Lower 9th; the Mahalia Jackson School, a renovation that focuses on sustainability and community; and the newly constructed William Smith School in St. Bernard Parish.

The Grisham-Trentham Lecture was established by and named for retired Auburn professor Gary Trentham to expose students to world-class design and business leadership. The lecture is funded by and also bears the name of the renowned painter and textile designer Betty Grisham and her late husband, Charles, an Auburn graduate.To see examples of Williams’ work with the Make it Right Project and other projects in New Orleans, go to (http://www.williamsarchitects.com/index.html).

Contact: Paula Peek, (334) 844-1335 (peekpau@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)