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URI Landscape Architecture lecture series to explore Design at the Edges

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 7, 2004 -- Patrick Maguire, president of Geller Sport in Boston will kick off the University of Rhode Island’s Community Planning and Landscape Architecture fall lecture series on Thursday, Oct. 21, with a talk titled “Athletic Facility Design: A World of its Own.”

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on URI’s Kingston campus. It is free and open to the public.

Maguire, who received his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from URI in 1992, is pleased to be returning to his alma mater. “It is with great pride that I come back to lecture at ‘Rhody’. Despite also having a master’s degree from Harvard University, I consider my URI education to be the guiding force behind the way I practice as a professional.” His lecture will focus on the specialization in landscape architecture for outdoor athletic facilities.

Two additional lectures are scheduled during the fall semester.

Lolly Tai, a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects who is also the chair of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Temple University, will appear on Nov. 18 to discuss “Chasing the Computer Revolution.” Her lecture will focus on technology, practice, design, and communication in landscape architecture.

Michael Coutu, the president of Sudbury Design Group in Sudbury, Mass., will lecture about “Design Build Practice: The Best of Both Worlds?” on Dec. 2. Coutu has been featured in many professional publications.

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