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.
Master of Historic Preservation student Ross Sheppard and partners Will Walker (BBA '15) and Jacob Hawkins have spent the last two years renovating the c. 1838 Samuel Rockwell House in Milledgeville, GA. The story of this massive undertaking premieres Saturday, May 1, 2021, on HGTV's Life Under Renovation, which follows five families through a home building project using self-shot footage.
Whitney Barr has won the inaugural 2021 Fountain Scholar award, granted by The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Named after Charles Fountain, this prestigious award was established to help Black, Indigenous and other students of color advance their landscape architecture education.
CED is co-sponsoring a symposium to examine the history of slavery at the University of Georgia on April 30 and May 1, 2021. Dr. Scott Nesbit and four students from the Historic Preservation and Landscape Architecture programs are involved in either planning the symposium or presenting recent course research and projects. This virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please visit www.slaveryatuga.org for the full program and registration information.
When Jim Lambert, a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design (CED), passed away in 2011, he left money in a family trust to be given to his alma mater. Jim's wife, Paula, made good on his wishes earlier this year: pledging a planned gift from the trust that will create a $5 million endowment supporting international travel for CED's landscape architecture students. Once realized, the gift will be the largest in CED's history.
PhD candidate Lynn Abdouni is one of five UGA graduate students honored with this year's UGA Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award. She is recognized for her outstanding instruction whilst pursuing a rigorous program of study in the Environmental Design and Planning doctoral program at the College of Environment and Design (CED).
Honors Day '21 occurs during an extraordinary time - the culmination of a full year under the worldwide Covid-19 Pandemic - therefore we are celebrating the students' achievements virtually.
Congratulations to CED Alumna Leigh Askew Elkins for receiving the prestigious UGA Walter Barnard Hill Award for her achievements in public service and outreach
A Message to the CED Family from Dean Sonia
Behind the Jackson Street Building is a small plaza with a lot of potential. Jon Williams (BLA '96) saw the opportunity to give back to CED with a donation in his family's name as well as a learning opportunity for current landscape architecture students. Professor Doug Pardue led a hybrid design charrette to re-image the space as a "working yard" that would support student learning, create a welcoming event space, showcase landscape architecture and best design practices, and provide a smooth thoroughfare for those passing through.