URI’s Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues Feb. 16

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Kona A. Gray

KINGSTON, R.I.—Feb. 8, 2017 –The University of Rhode Island’s annual Landscape Architecture Lecture Series will continue this month with a talk by a nationally recognized Florida landscape architect.

Kona A. Gray, principal of EDSA of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will talk about “Global Design: The Future of Landscape Architecture.’’ His talk will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, Room 105A, 140 Flagg Road, on URI’s Kingston campus.

That talk—as well as the others—are free and open to the public. All talks are on Thursdays and start at 7 p.m.

“We are very fortunate to have a landscape architect of Kona’s stature visit URI,’’ says William A. Green, a professor in URI’s Department of Landscape Architecture. “He was a critical planner and participant in the Landscape Summit, a 50-year anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Concern that was held in Philadelphia in June and sought to redefine the profession and its key issues for the 21st century.”

Gray has experience in many areas of planning and landscape architecture, ranging from large-scale planning to detailed site design with an emphasis on hospitality and campus-related projects.

He has a bachelor degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia and has won numerous landscape architecture awards, mostly for his work in Florida.

The other talks are:

* March 23, Tara Vincenta, principal, Artemis of Bridgeport, Conn. Title: “Residential Coastal Landscapes: Creative responses in balance with coastal regulations and ecology at a post-Hurricane Sandy beachfront.”

* April 6, Cheri Ruane of Spurr Design Studio, Boston, Mass.Title: “Interdisciplinary Practice: The Good, The Bad and The Awesome.”

* April 20, Charles Birnbaum, president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Washington, D.C.Title: “Why Not Cultural Systems.”

The series is co-sponsored by The College of Arts and Sciences, the Gaetano and Pasqualina Faella Memorial Endowment, the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Bartlett Tree Experts. The lecture by Kristina Hill is co-sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant. Charles Birnbaum’s lecture is co-sponsored by Victor Stanley.

For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Landscape Architecture at 401-874-2983 or Professor Green in URI’s Department of Landscape Architecture at wagre@uri.edu.