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Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 874-7892

Architect to discuss landscape as art
in URI’s Community Planning and
Landscape Architecture lecture series

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 3, 2003 -- Ken Smith, a New York-based landscape architect, will discuss the symbolic content and expressive power of landscape as an art form on Thursday, Oct. 16 as part of the University of Rhode Island’s Community Planning and Landscape Architecture lecture series.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. and is held in the White Hall auditorium on URI’s Kingston campus. It’s free and open to the public.

A graduate of Harvard University’s School of Design with a master’s degree in landscape architecture, Smith has worked on many projects across North America, including the Village of Yorkville Park in Toronto, the Glowing Topiary Garden Project in Manhattan and a light rail project in San Francisco.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2002 Excellence in Design award from the Art Commission of New York City for his design for the East River ferry landings and the 1996 President’s Award of Excellence for his work in Yorkville Park. He also won the Trust for Public Land’s 2002 Santa Fe Railyard competition and received an honorable mention in the Van Alen Institute’s 2001 Queens Plaza competition.

The final lecture of the fall series will be held on Nov. 13 and will feature Stephen Ervin, director of computer resources at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, discussing "Powerful Tools for Landscape Design: Digital Landscape Modeling."

Sponsors of the lecture series are the URI Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture, the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association.

For more information about the lecture series, call the URI Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture at 874-2249 or email Professor Will Green at

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