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College of Environment and Design

Soil and Water Expert Barrett Kays, FASLA, to Speak at CED

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If you like to think of environmental design as a marriage between science and art, then Barrett Kays is your man. Kays is a soil scientist and landscape architect at Landis, Inc. in Raleigh, N.C. and will lecture at the College of Environment and Design on Thursday, Oct. 17th at 4:30 p.m. in JSB 123.

The topic of his lecture will be: “Urban Soil Design and Climate Change in the Southeast.” Everyone is invited.

Kays headshotKays is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and holds an MLA and a PhD in soil science from North Carolina State University. His company offers technical services that deal with soil, hydrology, and drainage issues in ecological restoration and construction projects. It is also involved in designing custom urban soils for urban landscape architectural projects. Kays is a licensed professional soil scientist and a registered landscape architect in three states including North Carolina, Virginia, and New York.

Kays was hired in the 1990s to bring back to life the Great Lawn of Central Park, which was suffering from compaction and overuse. He has also worked with Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, and numerous sites up and down the East Coast.

The lecture is sponsored by the UGA College of Environment and Design and the UGA Department of Horticulture. For more information about this lecture, please call Andra Walton at 706-542-8113.