Fall 2014 Newsletter

First Day of Class

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Semester!


Daniel J. Nadenicek, Dean

Welcome to the College of Environment and Design for what promises to be an exciting year for our College. Please join us at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 28th, for our official Welcome (Back) Day which will allow you to better get to know your faculty and peers in a social setting. Other events for the fall semester include tailgates, lectures, gallery receptions, the continuing celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Founders Memorial Garden, and more! Please take advantage of these as opportunities for learning, networking, and fun.

We have had some new faculty and staff members join the CE+D team over the summer. Scott Nesbit joins us as an assistant professor of digital humanities, jointly appointed with Franklin College. He holds a PhD in history and previously served as the associate director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. Brian Cook is a licensed landscape architect who holds an MLA from the University of Colorado-Denver and previously served on the faculty there as well as UC-Boulder. Finally, Jennifer Messer, a CE+D MHP alumna, will serve as our new Director of Development after previously serving in similar positions at UGA.

Please read on for a full listing of CE+D fall semester events and to learn about some exciting developments in the CE+D.

Jackson Street Building Landscape

JSB_Landscape Three CE+D alumni were directly involved in the design and installation of the new landscaping surrounding the Jackson Street Building: Ed Castro, Steve Mitchell, and Chris Swann.

CE+D Student Garden featured in Qingdao International Horticulture Exposition


For Georgians, gardens have always served many purposes. They tell stories, they feed body and mind, they provide escape and delight, and they register change. July 2014 marked the culmination of a multi-year project at the Qingdao International Horticulture Exposition at which a garden designed by CE+D students under the direction of Assistant Professor Douglas Pardue was featured. The exposition features 35 garden exhibits representing dozens of countries and regions. READ MORE.

Atlanta Beltline Charrette

After the success of last December’s Atlanta Highway Charrette, CE+D will be sponsoring a second vertical, interdisciplinary charrette opportunity with the Atlanta BeltLine. Vertical means encompassing all student levels, from graduate students working on their second professional degrees to beginning design students who have only recently learned to draw. All three of CE+D’s disciplines – planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation – will be represented. Working in cooperation with the BeltLine means bringing actual current issues and experienced professionals into the students’ exposure and project challenge.

BeltLine staff have outlined an overall study area of approximately 2,000 acres, within which specific sites will be used for team focuses. Students will be divided into teams, each of which will focus on a themes such as: transit, urban farming, and public art, and economic development. Faculty and staff advisors – Bruce Ferguson, Pratt Cassity, Donnie Longenecker, and Jennifer Lewis – will be guiding the project.

GA ASLA Scholarship Golf Tournament

GA ASLA Golf Tournament Poster

The 2014 GA ASLA Annual Golf Tournament supports student scholarships at CE+D. Over the past five years this tournament has raised over $25,000 to create and endowed scholarship for CE+D students. This year’s event at The Georgia Club Golf Course will again donate all profits to this endowment. Please mark the date on your calendars and encourage students, faculty, staff, and alumni to participate in this event on Thursday, September 11th. For more information visit the GA ASLA website. FORE!

Center for Community Design + Preservation

It has been an exciting summer for the Center for Community Design + Preservation: a new program, building the base for the UGA Property Historic Preservation Planning Process, helping communities meet their housing needs, and the closing of a chapter with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. READ MORE.


Date Event Location
8.28 Welcome (Back) Day Jackson Street Building (JSB)
8.28 Archway Partnership Reception Exhibit Hall, JSB
8.28-10.1 Hubert Bond Owens: Pioneer of American Landscape Education Circle Gallery, JSB
8.30 Tailgate: UGA vs. Clemson Founders Memorial Garden
9.11 GA ASLA Scholarship Golf Tournament The Georgia Club
9.12 Fall Fridays in the Garden: Poetry Founders Memorial Garden
9.20 Tailgate: UGA vs. Troy State Founders Memorial Garden
9.27 Tailgate: UGA vs. Tennessee Founders Memorial Garden
10.4 Tailgate: UGA vs. Vanderbilt Founders Memorial Garden
10.7 HGOR Lecture by Jack Ahern JSB 123
10.9-11.7 Landscapes of the Hereafter: Three Historic Cemeteries in Athens, GA Circle Gallery, JSB
10.10 Dan Franklin Social Chastain Conservatory
10.10 Fall Fridays in the Garden: Swing Dance Founders Memorial Garden
10.24 Fall Fridays in the Garden: Movie Founders Memorial Garden
11.13 Lecture by Dr. Fritjof Capra JSB 123
11.14-12.12 The Natural Communities of Georgia Circle Gallery, JSB
11.15 Tailgate: UGA vs. Auburn Founders Memorial Garden
11.22 Tailgate: UGA vs. Charleston Southern Founders Memorial Garden
12.8-13 Atlanta BeltLine Vertical Charrette