Edward D. Stone, Jr. Lecture Series
In remembrance of Edward D. Stone, Jr., a beloved colleague, mentor, partner, advisor and friend, the University of Florida’s Department of Landscape Architecture will host this lecture in his honor, commemorating Stone’s numerous contributions to the fields of landscape architecture and land planning.
Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA, NZILA – 2/23/2018
Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW)
Over the past two decades of practice, Thomas Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology. NBW projects create models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture within areas of damaged ecological infrastructure and working farmland, yielding hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows and flourishing wildlife habitat.
At present, NBW is entrusted with the design of nine major public parks across the United States, Canada and New Zealand. In addition to the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta, Canada, these projects include Hudson Yards in New York City, Memorial Park in Houston, and Centennial Park in Nashville.
In 2011, Thomas was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors in his profession, and in 2013 he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal magazine.
Watch the full talk here: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/47744b59d75643929e16c01b02168ce81d
Gerdo Aquino is firm-wide CEO of SWA based in Los Angeles, an award-winning global practice operating on the leading edge of landscape architecture, urban design and planning. With 20 years of professional experience, he has had much success in solving a wide range of environmental landscape design problems for projects where open space, density, and place-making are key issues, and he has gained a thorough understanding of the public review process, which often includes extensive cultural, historical, public art, and public participation components. Gerdo’s notable public realm projects include the redesign of the culturally significant San Jacinto Plaza in El Paso, and the design of Belgrade Serbia’s Sava Promenada, a 1 kilometer urban waterfront that will reconnect the city’s historic center to the Sava River.
Gerdo is also adjunct associate professor at the University of Southern California and has taught option studio at the Harvard Graduate School of Design over the past two years. He has served on the Harvard Design Magazine editorial board, USC academic advisory committee, has lectured at important institutions in around the world and co-authored the award-winning research publication Landscape Infrastructure: case studies by SWA (Birkhauser, 2013-14 first, second edition) that examined the future role of infrastructure in balancing ecological systems, economic development and open space needs within dense urban cities.
Watch the full talk here: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/36f68749c6a64f9ba697aded4e77ffb81d
Laurie Olin lecture – 2/18/2016
Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. From vision to realization, he has guided many of OLIN’s signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, The Getty Center in Los Angeles to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA award-winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon.
Laurie studied civil engineering at the University of Alaska and pursued architecture at the University of Washington, where Richard Haag encouraged him to focus on landscape. He is currently Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for forty years, and is former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. Laurie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He holds the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Medal, the society’s highest award for a landscape architect. He is the recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, the highest lifetime achievement award for artists and designers bestowed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President of the United States.
Watch the full talk here: https://mediasite.video.ufl.edu/Mediasite/Play/b7a78efc34444a5ca66df52dd201a4611d