URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues Oct. 7 with talk on teamwork and green design

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KINGSTON, R.I. — September 27, 2010 – The University of Rhode Island’s annual Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. with a lecture by Jeffrey Hyland, principal of Ironwood Design Group, who will discuss “The Importance of Team: How the Green Movement Has Changed the Playing Field.”

His talk takes place in Weaver Auditorium in the Coastal Institute building on the URI Kingston campus. All the lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

A 1994 graduate of URI’s Landscape Architecture Program, Hyland will examine the role of landscape architects on a design team and how the green movement has changed the playing field for landscape designers. He will highlight some of his firm’s recent projects where the environment, green urbanism and public facilitated design were paramount.

Based in Exeter, N.H., Ironwood Design Group focuses on public sector design projects in collaboration with federal, state and local agencies and community groups, including the Garden of Peace Memorial in Boston, restoration of the Wriston Quadrangle at Brown University, and the Stormwater Center at the University of New Hampshire.

Hyland is an executive member of the Stratham, N.H. Planning Board and member of the Commercial District Master Plan Committee. He was a founding member of Art-Speak, the Arts and Cultural Commission for Portsmouth, and is a member of the City of Portsmouth’s Public Art Committee.

The other speakers in the 2010-2011 URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series are:

Oct. 28 – Will Green, URI professor of landscape architecture, on “Context and Sustainability in South Africa and Australia;”

Nov. 18 – Gina Ford, principal of Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Mass., on “Recent Work: Cities, Rivers, Sites;”

Feb. 17 – Matt Urbansk, principal of Michael VanValkenburgh Associates in Brooklyn, title to be determined;

March 10 – Michael Manfredi, principal of Weiss Manfredi in New York City, on “Surface/Subsurface;”

April 7 – Mark Klopfer, principal of Klopfer Martin Design Group in Cambridge, Mass., title to be determined;

April 21 – Mario Schjetnam of Grupo de Diseno Urbano in Mexico City on “Landscape, Sustainability and Public Space.”

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 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 Gates Leighton & Associates. For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Landscape Architecture at 874-2983 or Professor Will Green at wagre@uri.edu.