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URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series concludes with talk April 21 by famed Mexican designer

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – April 15, 2011 -- The University of Rhode Island’s annual Landscape Architecture Lecture Series concludes with a presentation by the most famous landscape designer from Mexico, Mario Schjetnan, on April 21 at 7 p.m. The program in Weaver Auditorium in the Coastal Institute building on the URI Kingston campus is free and open to the public.

The founding partner of Grupo de Diseno Urbano in Mexico City, Schjetnan will discuss “Landscape, Sustainability and Public Space.”

Schjetnan’s firm has worked on a wide variety of urban design and landscape architecture projects and received many national and international awards, including the Green Prize in Urban Design from Harvard University for the Parque Ecologico Xochimilco; the Latin American Grand Prize for work on the Museum of the Northern Culture of Mexico; and several Presidential Awards of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects, among many others.

He has published several books on landscape design and has taught extensively at Harvard, the University of California at Berkley, the University of Arizona and elsewhere.

The URI Landscape Architecture Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the 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 Gates Leighton & Associates. For more information about the series, contact the URI Department of Landscape Architecture at 874-2983 or Professor Will Green at