On the 22nd of September I was quite honored to kick off the annual Landscape Architecture Lecture Series for the University of Rhode Island! It was especially meaningful to be invited to speak to the students and the general public about how I believe our gardens evolve in the face of global climate change — especially since our own Josh Bourgery is a recent Department graduate. The evening talks, 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, are coordinated by Professors William Green and Angelo Simeoni. The series will span the entire 2016/2017 academic calendar and features guest speakers from all realms of the profession who will sample a range of topics related to coastal conditions, urbanization, recreation, protecting cultural resources, landscape humanism equity and diversity. Kona Gray from EDSA, Gina Ford from Sasaki, and Charles Birnbaum from The Cultural Landscape Foundation are just a few of my fellow participants. I would say URI has some excellent plans to hear professional perspectives from some very accomplished landscape architects ahead of them!
Thank you URI for your hospitality, and for introducing me to your excellent Department!