URI executive, landscape architect to speak at URI lecture series, Feb. 12

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KINGSTON, R.I. – February 5, 2009 – Robert Weygand, vice president for administration and finance at the University of Rhode Island and a former landscape architect, will discuss leadership and responsibility of design professionals as part of the URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

The event, entitled “ The Leadership Landscape,” will be held in Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on URI’s Kingston campus and is free and open to the public.

“The role of landscape architects has traditionally been relegated to the position of secondary designers or a minor part of the ‘design team’. This should not be the case. Landscape architects have a very unique education and valuable talents to lead in areas of design, economic development, sustainability and the overall quality of life issues so prominent in today’s society,” said Weygand.

The former U.S. congressman and Rhode Island lieutenant governor is a landscape architect by training and the former owner of an architectural firm. Weygand is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the national chair of the Council of Fellows (2004 and 2005), and an adjunct associate professor in landscape architecture at URI.

The next speakers in the lecture series are Shavaun Towers, principal for Towers / Golde LLC., who will discuss “At the Edge: The Creative Interface between Preservation, Sustainability, and Institutional Culture on University Campuses,” on March 5; and Pamela and James Shadley of Shadley Associates speaking on “Brownfields: On the Edge of Historic Abuse and Future Public Use,” on April 2.

The URI Landscape Architecture series is co-sponsored by the College of Environment and Life Sciences, the Rhode Island chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association. For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture at 874-4549 or Professor Angelo Simeoni at aes@uri.edu.