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“Listening to Land: Cultural Landscape Research in Contemporary Practice” by Thomas Woltz

Thomas Woltz lectures at Edgewater
Rear Side of Edgewater with Courtyard
Edgewater facing Hudson River
Thomas Woltz Lectures at Edgewater
Edgewater in Barrytown, New Yorkl

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Landscape architect Thomas L. Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of cultural context and ecological processes. This lecture will also feature an introduction from ICAA Board Member, Thomas Lloyd. Thomas Lloyd is the grandson of Bunny Mellon and the president of the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation. Lloyd is a Wealth Advisor for Hemington Wealth Management and lives in Washington, DC.

Thomas Woltz FASLA, CLARB: As owner and principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) Woltz has infused narratives of the land into the places where people live, work, and play, deepening connections between people and the natural world and inspiring environmental stewardship. From public parks to models of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture within blighted infrastructure and depleted landscapes, NBW’s work is recognized for revealing powerful cultural stories while pioneering innovative ecological solutions in the face of climate extremes. Projects within NBW’s Conservation Agriculture Studio have yielded tens of thousands of acres of reforested land, reconstructed wetlands, native meadows, and wildlife habitat.

Woltz was educated at the University of Virginia and holds master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture. He was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal in 2013 and one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2017.


CAHPT and ICAA are proud to host Woltz’s lecture as a new component of the Bunny Mellon Curricula at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. This program is generously supported by the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation along with the Curricula’s Lead Co-Sponsor Hollander Design Landscape Architects, Film Series Co-Sponsor Janice Parker Landscape Architects, Landscape Prize Co-Sponsor Harrison Design, Continuing Education and Public Programs Co-Sponsor Charlotte Mossand Garden Symposium Co-Sponsor Kathryn M. and Ronald J. Herman Charitable Foundation.

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