Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues Jan. 31 with talk on ‘cultural landscapes’

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KINGSTON, R.I. – January 11, 2013 – The next speaker in the University of Rhode Island’s 2012-13 Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, Patricia O’Donnell of Heritage Landscapes in Charlotte Vt., will examine “Cultural Landscapes of our Global Future.”

Her presentation takes place Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium in the Coastal Institute building on URI’s Kingston campus. The event is free and open to the public.

O’Donnell is widely recognized as an expert in the field of landscape preservation. She is a founding board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation and serves as the global chair of the International Federation of Landscape Architects Cultural Landscapes Committee.

She founded Heritage Landscapes in 1987 as a firm dedicated to planning, implementation and management of cultural landscapes like public parks, historic sites, communities, campuses, public buildings, estates, museums, cemeteries, battlefields, parkways, botanical gardens and conservatories. The firm has completed more than 400 projects and has garnered 46 professional awards. Current projects address sustainability, multi-modal access and applications of best practices, as well as preservation, use and management of valued public landscapes.

The remaining speakers in the lecture series are: Stephen Stimson of Stephen Stimson Associates on “Yankee Ingenuity: Place-Making in the Regional Landscape” on Feb. 21; Karen Daubmann, director of exhibitions at the New York Botanical Garden on “Designing the Visitor’s Experience at the New York Botanical Gardens” on March 21; Barbara Wilks, principal of W Architecture & Landscape Architecture on “Shape of Time” on April 4; and Elizabeth Mossop, professor of landscape architecture at Louisiana State University, on April 25.

All talks begin at 7 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium of the URI Coastal Institute in Kingston.

The URI Landscape Architecture series is co-sponsored by the URI Office of Vice President for Administration and Finance, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Rhode Island chapter of the American Planning Association. For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Landscape Architecture at 874-2983 or Professor Will Green at