URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series kicks off Sept. 24 with talk on collaborations and green design

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KINGSTON, R.I. — September 8, 2009 – The University of Rhode Island’s Landscape Architecture Lecture Series will kick off on Sept. 24 with a lecture by Jeffrey Hyland, principle of Ironwood Design Group. His talk begins at 7 p.m. 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.

Other speakers in the URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series include Cynthia Smith of Halvorson Design Partnership on Oct. 15; Michael Blier of Landworks Studio on Nov. 19; and Ben Uyeda of Free Green on Feb. 18; URI Professor Angelo Simeoni on March 11; and URI Professor Will Green on April 22. 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.