KINGSTON, RI – September 23, 2021 – The University of Rhode Island’s 29e The annual Landscape Architecture Lecture Series opens Thursday, September 23, with a presentation by Patricia O’Donnell, a landscape architect and preservation planner whose firm has worked on iconic projects such as the National Mall and the site of the Woodstock festival as well as the advancement of the valued landscape heritage of various cultures.
The fall lectures will explore the meaning of history and culture in the work of professional landscape architects, said William Green, professor of landscape architecture and series organizer. The series returns to an in-person format this semester with talks Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Ernest Mario Auditorium (Room 170) at Avedesian Hall, 7 Greenhouse Road, on the Kingston campus. The conferences are free and open to the public. All participants must wear a face cover.
O’Donnell, founder of Heritage Landscapes LLC in Charlotte, Vermont, will discuss “Cultural Landscapes for Global Justice – How Heritage Contributes” in his virtual lecture, which will be broadcast in the Earnest Mario auditorium, followed by a question-and-answer session. (Speakers for the remainder of the fall schedule should be in person.)
Since its creation in 1987, Heritage Landscapes has completed more than 500 orders that promote the preservation and economic, environmental and societal sustainability of precious public spaces. The company received the prestigious Firm Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2019 for 32 years of preservation work.
On October 7, alumni Emily Humphrey ’15 and Ramón Ibarlucea ’14 will be the guest speakers. Humphrey, an associate of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will speak about “Discover the multifaceted history of the Toronto Harbor lands. “ Ibarlucea, partner at Stimson Associates, also of Cambridge, will discuss “Historical fiction: drawing inspiration from the context and the history of the site”.
Humphrey’s design work was influenced by the practical and tactile qualities of the earth as a good gardener and farm worker at URI, as well as a three-month trip across the United States to visit national parks. At URI, she also participated in research on sea level rise and its impact on coastal communities, and participated in a permaculture design internship in Hawaii.
At URI, Ibarlucea was interested in studio and research projects focused on mitigating the impact of climate change and sea level rise on coastal communities. With Stimson, he worked on projects such as the development of outdoor spaces for Babson College students, the design of landscape interventions, and the landscaping of a new performing arts center, both at the ‘Brown University.
On October 28, Thaïsa Way, director of the Gardens and Landscape Studies program at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, DC, will focus on “Race and Gender in the Emergence of Landscape Architecture.”
Way, who has a doctorate. in Architecture and Landscape History from Cornell University and has an MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, as well as a cityscape historian teaching and researching history, theory, and design in the Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Built Environments, University of Washington.
On November 18, Danielle Desilets ’99, Senior Partner at Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture (KZLA) in Boston, will discuss “Changing Perspectives: Correcting the National Record”.
During his 20 years as a landscape architect, Desilets has focused on the preservation of historic and cultural landscapes, in addition to being a project manager on projects such as primary park planning and recreation design. , planning and design of the trail system, campus planning and design for accessibility and sustainability. At KZLA, Desilets has worked with the United States Department of State, the National Park Service, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and municipalities in New England and New York State. She documented and planned landscapes of historic significance for projects such as the US Chancellery and Chef de Mission’s Residence in New Delhi, India, and the US Embassy complex in Rome.
Eric Kramer and Beka Sturges, partners at Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts, close the fall semester. On December 2, they will speak on “Designing Stories – Voices, Claims and Reconciliation.”
Through works that include Boston’s Central Wharf Plaza and the Alamo Plaza interpretive master plan in San Antonio, Kramer has designed many landscapes associated with the renewal and enrichment of campuses, cities, and institutions. Kramer received his Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School, where he received the Charles Eliot Fellowship.
As the head of Hilderbrand’s New Haven office, Sturges’ recent projects include Yale University, the Storm King Art Center, and the first phase of the Mill River Trail, a 4-acre linear park running through central New Haven. . His work is known for its powerful spatial demonstration of the cultural and environmental value of landscapes. Sturges also teaches at the Yale School of Architecture and Connecticut College.
For more information, email William Green at [email protected] or call (401) 874-2983. All presentations will also be available on Zoom by emailing Green for a link to the conference.
The series is sponsored by the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, University Libraries, Departments of Landscape Architecture and Art and Art History , and the Gaetano and Pasqualina Faella endowment.