Acclaimed landscape architect to speak at CSU

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Thomas Woltz

Each spring, CSU’s Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects hosts a number of prominent and accomplished landscape architects on campus. Taking place in April, the LA Days lecture series has featured landscape architects who have designed famous waterfronts, memorials, parks as well as sustainable landscapes and are leaders in both academia and within their profession.

Feb. 26
6-7:30 p.m.
Chemistry Building, Room A103

This year, LA Days will be preceded by an event on Feb. 26 that will include a talk from Thomas Woltz, owner and principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. The talk will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Chemistry Building, Room A103.

Sustainable landscapes

In a profession where sustainable landscapes have become increasingly valued by consumers, government, and private industry, Woltz’s work integrates the beauty and function of built form and craftsmanship with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology that has yielded hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows, and flourishing wildlife habitat. Many of these projects focus on restoration of damaged ecological infrastructure within working farmland and create models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Thomas Woltz join us this semester to share his work and theory behind his more ecological landscape designs,” said Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Kelly Curl, who is the faculty advisor for the student chapter. “He will contribute unprecedented inspiration for all of us.”

Woltz’s work with the Orongo Station Conservation Master Plan: a model for sustainable land.
Woltz’s work with the Orongo Station Conservation Master Plan: a model for sustainable land.

Design Innovator of the Year

Woltz was named the Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine in 2013. In 2011, he was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors achieved in the profession. His work can be seen in Paris and Venice as well as around the United States including New York City’s Hudson Yards, Houston’s Memorial Park, Devonian Botanic Garden in Canada, and Cornwall Park in New Zealand. Woltz serves on the Boards of Directors of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Municipal Art Society of New York.

More information

For more information on Woltz or the April LA Days lecture series visit the website. The series has run for 23 years and has featured other prominent speakers including Peter Walker and Laurie Olin. The LA Days 2016 Evening Lecture Series will take place from April 11-14.