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Influential landscape architect is speaker for URI’s Landscape Architecture lecture series, April 28

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 18, 2005 -- Carol R. Johnson, one of the most influential landscape architects of her generation, will be the final speaker in the University of Rhode Island’s Community Planning and Landscape Architecture spring lecture series on April 28.

Johnson will speak on “International Practice and International Practitioners.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on URI’s Kingston campus. Funded by the URI Honors Program and the Visiting Scholars Committee, the event is free and open to the public.

When she graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 1957, there were very few women in the field of landscape architecture. In 1959, Johnson opened her own practice out of her apartment in Cambridge, Mass. Over the next 45 years, it grew to become one of the largest landscape architectural firms in the United States, serving a national and international clientele.

The firm, Carol R. Johnson & Associates Inc., is now based in Boston. Johnson has always based her practice on the traditional values of dedicated public service and an unrelenting insistence upon quality in design and construction.

Among the prominent projects Johnson has worked on are the Hunnewell Visitors Center of the Arnold Arboretum; the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in Cambridge, Mass.; the new U.S. Federal Courthouse in Boston; the riverfront revitalization program in Hartford, Conn.; and Lechmere Canal Park in East Cambridge, Mass.

Johnson is also a frequent panelist and commentator on landscape design issues and has presented papers at several international conferences.

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