William R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture Will Feature Landscape Architect Matthew
Gordy on April 12
For release: March 26, 2012
For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson (901) 678-4164
The University of Memphis will present its annual William R. Eubanks Distinguished
Lecture at the Fogelman Executive Center on April 12 at 7 p.m. Featured speaker is
Matthew Gordy, principal of On Land, a landscape and urban design practice that works
on a range of projects including residential gardens, urban planning, and ecological
infrastructure. He is also an assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture Department
at Iowa State University's College of Design. The event is free and open to the public.
In his lecture, Gordy will focus on why “Landscape Form Matters.” His work and research
address the production of material form and space across the multiple scales and processes
of landscape with a dedication to the idea that great designed landscapes must be
productive, useful, environmentally progressive, and aesthetically expressive. Given
the often complex layers and ambiguous perceptions of landscape, his design process
strives at all times for legibility and clarity in terms of formal, spatial, material
and organizational qualities.
Gordy holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Design School,
and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University.
He has taught landscape architecture and urban design at Harvard Design School, Northeastern
University, and the Boston Architecture College. Prior to founding On Land he worked
for Landworks Studio in Boston, and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in Cambridge,