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“The Genius of the Place”: Frederick Law Olmsted, Landscape Architecture and Arkansas

Join us at 6:30 on April 14 for a program celebrating the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Kimball Erdman of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas will speak about Olmsted and the history of landscape architecture, Tom Hill of Hot Springs National Park will speak on Olmsted’s brief encounter with Arkansas and Chris East of StudioMain will address landscape architecture possibilities adjacent to the Main Library in Little Rock. Ken McCown of the Fay Jones School will moderate.

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Kimball Erdman is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. His specialties lie in the subdisciplines of landscape history and historic landscape preservation. He frequently combines efforts to document, preserve, and interpret endangered cultural landscapes with innovative technologies and service-learning opportunities for students.

Tom Hill is the Curator at Hot Springs National Park, responsible for the management and preservation of the park’s museum collection, archives, and research library. He was born and raised in Hot Springs and graduated from Hot Springs High School. He moved back to Hot Springs in 2011 after working for nine years for the United States Air Force History and Museums Program as Curator at Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Prior to that he had served as curator at the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum in Rantoul, Illinois, and had spent several years in the aerospace industry.

Chris East is a licensed architect with over 20 years of professional experience and a principal at Cromwell. He is a graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas and is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP). He is a founding member, and current president, of StudioMain, a design collective with a diverse board of fifteen architects, engineers, contractors, and other construction-related fields whose mission is to Educate, Collaborate, Advocate and Challenge Convention.

Ken McCown has taught architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability, and urban design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cal Poly Pomona, Arizona State University, the University of Tennessee where he was the Chair of the landscape architecture program, Iowa State University where he served as Chair, and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he served as a Lincy University Professor and Director of the Downtown Design Center. He has worked in the preservation of historic landscapes and architecture with the US Army Corps of Engineers and at the Richard and Dion Neutra Research House II. He was fortunate to grow up in Olmsted designed landscapes in Washington D.C. and at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm