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Leading Israeli Landscape Architect To Give Annual Howland Memorial Lecture: “Landscape And Identity”

September 14, 2004 --

WHO: Landscape architect Shlomo Aronson

WHAT: Lecture — “Landscape and Identity”

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 158
University of Virginia

Shlomo Aronson of Shlomo Aronson and Associates in Jerusalem, Israel will give the annual Benjamin C. Howland, Jr. Memorial Lecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 158. The lecture, “Landscape and Identity,” is free of charge and open to the public. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the Charlottesville Community Design Center, 101 East Market Street, Charlottesville.

Aronson’s award-winning work is characterized by a deep concern with ecological principles and the social purposes of his native Israel and its inhabitants. As a result, he has been asked to design solutions for landscapes that are thousands of years old, some even dating back to Biblical times. In one of his first commissions, he reforested an area of the Judean Hills that had not had trees since the Romans destroyed the native forests, 2,000 years before. He has designed extensively in areas adjacent to the Dead Sea, taking care to establish roads that would limit damage to the fragile environment. Aronson’s designs are perhaps most remarkable for the sense of peace and fluidity that pervades throughout. Over the decades, Aronson and his firm have designed city parks, university campuses, archaeological parks, botanical gardens, as well as developed master plans that are looked to as the standard for Israeli landscape architecture. Perhaps his most well-known design is that for the Sherover Promenade in Jerusalem.

Israeli by birth, Aronson earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s of landscape architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Between degrees, he worked in the office of Lawrence Halprin and Associates in San Francisco. After completing his education, Aronson returned to Israel where he founded his own practice in 1969. He has taught and been a guest critic at several major universities around the world including those in Israel, the United States, South Africa and England.

The Benjamin C. Howland, Jr. Memorial Lecture has been given annually since 1985 at the University of Virginia School of Architecture in memory of Professor of landscape architecture Benjamin C. Howland Jr.

Contact: Derry Wade, (434) 982-2921

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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