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URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series continues Feb. 21 with talk by award-winning designer

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

Lecture to address ‘place-making in the regional landscape’

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 15, 2013 – The next speaker in the University of Rhode Island’s Landscape Architecture Lecture Series, Stephen Stimson of Stimson Associates Landscape Architects in Cambridge and Princeton, Mass., will discuss “Yankee Ingenuity: Place-Making in the Regional Landscape.”

His presentation takes place Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium in the Coastal Institute building on URI’s Kingston campus. The event is free and open to the public.

An award-winning landscape architect with a national reputation for projects throughout the Northeast, Stimson and his firm have been recognized nationally and locally for their design work for at Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University and numerous other institutions and private gardens.

“Growing up and working in New England has shaped the way I practice within the field of landscape architecture, and I have found that often the most interesting ideas and concepts come from the most ordinary places,” he said.

Stimson’s work was featured in the book series, Ten Landscapes, which presents 10 gardens by a single landscape designer. It describes his firm as one which is “renowned for exceeding design goals with regard to space and use of materials…Stimson's work often challenges design assumptions by using common materials in uncommon ways.”

The remaining speakers in the lecture series are: Karen Daubmann, director of exhibitions at the New York Botanical Garden and a URI alumna, on “Designing the Visitor’s Experience at the New York Botanical Gardens” on March 21; Barbara Wilks, principal of W Architecture & Landscape Architecture on “Shape of Time” on April 4; and Elizabeth Mossop, professor of landscape architecture at Louisiana State University, on April 25.

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 URI Office of Vice President for Administration and Finance, 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 the Rhode Island chapter of the American Planning 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.