URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series opens Sept. 24 with discussion of ‘landscape storytelling’

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KINGSTON, R.I. – September 11, 2015 – The first speaker in the University of Rhode Island’s 2015-16 Landscape Architecture Lecture Series will be Kyle Zick, principal of Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture in Boston, who will speak on the topic of “Landscape Architecture Storytelling.”


His presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 in Weaver Auditorium in the Coastal Institute building on URI’s Kingston campus. The event is free and open to the public.


Zick has practiced landscape architecture for more than 20 years on projects ranging from historic sites, parks and environmentally sensitive areas to college campuses, streetscapes, residences and commercial properties. He has lectured on site design in historic contexts, trail design, and sustainable materials at the Boston Architectural College, Build Boston and the Historic Trails Conference.


In his presentation, Zick will discuss how landscape architects are storytellers. He will explore how his practice discovers that story or at times how it is revealed to them, and then how the story becomes a physical form and is experienced by people.


Other speakers in the series this fall are Elizabeth Kennedy, principal of Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect, whose presentation is entitled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The Evolution of a Small Practice and a Path for the Future,” (Oct. 8); Kim Mathews, partner in the firm Mathews Nielsen, on “Contemporary Landscape Practice: Transformation Through Design,” (Nov. 19); URI alumni Erin Muir of The Figure Ground Studio and Nicholas Healy of the CRJA/IBI Group, on “Covering Ground from Portland to Abu Dhabi: Young Practitioners Reflect on Water, Resilience and Design,” (Dec.).


Speakers in the spring include Toby Wolf, principal of Wolf Landscape Architecture, on “Just Enough Wildness: Designing Places that Connect People with the Natural World,” (Mar. 3); Chris Reed of STOSS Landscape Urbanism, on a topic to be determined, (Mar. 31); Emily McCoy of Andropogon Associates, on “Craft, Research and Practice: Performance-Based Design in Landscape Architecture,” (Apr. 14); and Catherine Seavitt, principal of the Catherine Seavitt Studio, on “Shifting Sands: Sedimentary cycles for Jamaica Bay,” (Apr. 28).


All talks are free, open to the public and 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 Rhode Island chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the URI College of Arts and Sciences. The Catherine Seavitt lecture is co-sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant. For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Landscape Architecture at 874-2983 or Professor Will Green at wagre@uri.edu.