Memorial Park, Memorial Groves. Image: MIR for Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture: Thomas Woltz

March 28, 2017
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Landscape architect Thomas Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, owner and principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, will deliver the annual Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture, titled Research-Driven Design: Culture and Ecology Across Typologies.

NBW's designs are built on investigations and deep research into the ecological and cultural factors that have shaped each site over time. Woltz will present projects that navigate a variety of terrains, from rural conservation agriculture in Australia and New Zealand to intensely engineered urban parks in New York, Houston, and St Louis. The selected projects will showcase the firm's approach and breadth of work resulting in ecologically restorative work that is at once vital, grounded, and highly functional.

Over the past two decades of practice, Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology. As principal of NBW, a 45-person firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and New York, he has infused narratives of the land into the places where people live, work, and play, deepening the public's enjoyment of the natural world and inspiring environmental stewardship. NBW's projects create models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture within areas of damaged ecological infrastructure and working farmland, yielding hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows, and flourishing wildlife habitat.

Presently, Woltz and NBW are entrusted with the design of nine public parks across the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. These projects include Memorial Park in Houston, Hudson Yards in New York, NoMA Green in Washington DC, Devonian Botanic Garden in Alberta, Canada, and Centennial Park in Nashville.

Woltz was educated at the University of Virginia in architecture, landscape architecture, fine art, and architectural history. He holds master's degrees in landscape architecture and architecture. After working in Venice and Paris, he returned to the United States to launch his career in landscape architecture. Today, Woltz serves on the boards of director of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and University of Virginia Architecture Foundation. In 2011, he was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors in his profession, and in 2013, he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine. His firm's work has been recognized with more than 90 national and international awards and has been published widely.

Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture

This series of lectures in landscape architecture is sponsored by Anova, an innovator in the manufacturing of site furnishings for more than forty years. Previous lecturers in the series have included Adriaan Geuze, Kate Orff, Chris Reed, Susannah Drake, Matthew Coolidge, and Nina-Marie Lister.