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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Landscape Architecture Lecture Series begins Sept. 22 at URI

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The University of Rhode Island’s annual Landscape Architecture Lecture Series starts this month with a talk by landscape architect Matthew Cunningham.

Cunningham, of MCLD in Stoneham, Mass., will talk about how “Gardens Evolve’’ on Thursday Sept. 22.

That talk and the others will all begin at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 140 Flagg Road, on the Kingston campus. The talks are free and open to the public.

“We have a very interesting group coming this year, with most talking about the design challenges we face in a time of climate change,’’ says William A. Green, a professor of Landscape Architecture at URI. “Topics will be related to coastal conditions, urbanization, recreation, protecting cultural resources, landscape humanism equity and diversity.’’

The other talks are:

Oct. 6, “Global Design: The Future of Landscape Architecture’’ by Kona Gray, principal of EDSA, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Oct. 27, “Landscape Architects on the Leading Edge of Urbanism’’ by Mark Johnson, president, Civitas, of Denver, Colo.

Nov. 17, “Landscape Humanism in Practice’’ by Gina Ford, principal, Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Mass.

Dec. 1, “Growing in the Profession’’ by Lara Ajemian, a 2007 graduate of URI and an associate with LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects in Boston, and Ken McClure, a 2008 graduate of URI and an associate with Halvorson Design Group, also in Boston.

March 2, “Strategies for Future Shores: An Honest Assessment of the Unthinkable’’ by Kristina Hill, associate professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

March 23, Tara Vincenta, a principal with Artemis in Bridgeport, Conn.

April 6, “Interdisciplinary Practice: The Good, The Bad, and the Awesome’’ by Cheri Ruane, of Spurr Design Group in Boston, Mass.

April 20, “Why Not Cultural Systems’’ by Charles Birnbaum, president and chief executive officer of The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington D.C.

The series is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gaetano and Pasqualine Faella Memorial Endowment; and the Rhode Island chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Hill’s lecture is co-sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant. Birnbaum’s lecture is co-sponsored by Victor Stanley.

For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Landscape Architecture at 401-874-2983 or Professor Green