This time of year, many students are seeking Summer internships. For two CED students, their remarkable experiences left a big impact as they closed a chapter on their time at UGA.
Kona Gray (BLA '97) will deliver the spring Commencement address at the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. After graduating from the CED with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Gray has worked in over thirty countries over the past 26 years and is currently a Principal at EDSA in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Gray serves as President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and Vice President for Professional Practice of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and is also, an active member of the Urban Land Institute.
Students in the Master of Historic Preservation program get hands-on experience researching the physical condition of old buildings. Every Fall semester, students in Dr. Mark Reinberger's Building Material Conservation class are divided into teams to create structural assessments for a variety of clients. Students in the class were interviewed about their experiences.
Katherine Melcher, an associate professor of landscape architecture in the College of Environment and Design, has created the Community Landscape Lab to engage students and community groups using landscape architecture as the means to acuate social change. Through the Community Landscape Lab, Professor Melcher partners students with clients in a Master's level Landscape Architecture (MLA) studio to provide stakeholders with design concepts and engagement strategies useful to the community. Bringing more awareness to the lab's work, students developed a blog to publish information about the projects they are working on, including background information, weekly updates on community feedback, and their design recommendations.
Brad Davis, associate professor and MLA program coordinator, and David Nichol, associate professor at the University of Georgia have teamed up to publish "Plants in Design." The goal of the book was to create a well-rounded reference guide to help users to create well-designed landscapes. The focus of the book is on southern landscapes and covers from herbaceous perennials to shrubs and trees. "Plants in Design" is available for preorder through the UGA Press and will be officially released on May 1st, 2021!
Researchers have identified significant linkages between public health and the design of the built environment, including impacts on physical activity, walkability, social and mental health. While most design research centers on the re-design of cities and other urban places, Georgia is predominately a rural state. With the 20th highest adult and the 18th highest child obesity rates in the nation, rural Georgia needs design interventions that are sustainable, community supported and cost-effective. While better health outcomes through design is frequently touted for urban areas, research neglects design and planning for rural communities.
The College of Environment and Design at UGA is proud to announce that Professors Katherine Melcher and Alfie Vick have been accepted into the inaugural cohort of the Rural Engagement Faculty Workshop series sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President for Public Service and Outreach (PSO). The initiative connects academic faculty with rural research interests to public service faculty with community connections throughout Georgia.
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Sungkyung Lee [https://ced.uga.edu/directory/faculty_profiles/lee_sungkyung/], has been accepted into the 2021 cohort of the UGA Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows program.
College of Environment and Design Associate Professor Stephen Ramos received a Public Impact Grant from the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts for his work with UGA Lamar Dodd School of Art Assistant Professor James A. Enos in support of the "Port Futures and Social Logistics" initiative in art and urbanism.
Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT), The Ray and the University of Georgia's College of Environment + Design (UGA CED) are pleased to announce Phase 2 of their meadow-research plantings on The Ray Highway, at the Exit 6 median alongside I-85's northbound lanes. The purpose of the research is to establish innovative uses that beautify and improve the utilization of Georgia's highway corridor.