URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, Feb. 28

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Award-winning landscape architect to provide

‘View From the Loge’


KINGSTON, R.I. – February 19, 2008 – Skip Burck, principal in the Somerville, Mass.-based landscape architecture firm of Richard Burck Associates, is the next speaker in the URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. His presentation is entitled “View From the Loge.”

The event will be held in Weaver Auditorium in the Coastal Institute building on URI’s Kingston campus. It is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, “View From the Loge,” Burck will explore the dynamics of seeing from a particular point of view as a design determinant in landscape architecture. “I will describe how approaches such as these have given focus to design efforts while empowering and privileging the viewer,” he said. “We’ll look at Roman domestic architecture, 19th century theater design, and the interests that Frederick Law Olmsted and Kevin Lynch shared in considering the visual qualities of procession.”

Since founding his firm in 1985, Burck has led a team of landscape architects and designers in the conception and construction of spaces ranging from urban and mixed-use to institutional and residential. The firm has won multiple honors for its designs for Lafayette College’s Skillman Library, Harvard University’s graduate student housing, Boston Public Library’s Honan-Allston Branch, and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, among many others.

Burck has taught or lectured at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, Rhode Island School of Design and the Boston Architectural Center, and he has led numerous design efforts for the Boston Society of Landscape Architects as chairman of its Urban Street Tree Planting Symposium and its South Boston seaport District Redesign Open Space Committee. He holds degrees from Michigan State University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The rest of the speakers in the lecture series are as follows:

– March 13, Christian Werthmann, assistant professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, “On Structure: Reclaiming the American Roofscape;”

– March 27, Leonard Mirin, associate professor at Cornell University, on “French Connections: Linking the Past to the Future Through Parks in Paris;” and

– April 10, Patricia O’Donnell, principal of Heritage Landscapes, on “Sustaining Places We Value in the 21st Century”

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 and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association. For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Landscape Architecture at 874-2983 or Professor Will Green at wagre@uri.edu.