Brenda Williams Lecture: Cultural Landscape Context in Design

September 19, 2023

Landscape architect Brenda Williams will discuss cultivating an understanding of historic and cultural significance in site design during a guest lecture on Monday, Sept. 25.

Williams, principal and director of preservation planning at Quinn Evans, will speak at 4 p.m. Monday in AB 100 as part of the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning guest lecture series. 

During the program participants will: 

  • Be introduced to cultural landscape processes and ways they are integrated into planning and design projects.
  • Learn to apply key terms and find information about cultural landscape standards and guidelines for use in planning and design projects.  
  • Understand ways to integrate contextual and historical exploration of sites in the planning and design process for projects. 
  • Learn ways to apply collaborative design strategies for engagement with difficult topics and support communities towards reconciliation and trust-building.

Throughout her 30-year career as a landscape architect, Brenda Williams, FASLA, has focused her passion and empathy for understanding human connections to landscapes, developing methods to support, strengthen, and adapt significant landscapes for the people to whom they are meaningful. Her work has a strong emphasis on landscapes in the public realm, where she champions appropriate access, recognition, preservation, adaptation, and interpretation of culturally significant sites. Recognized as a national leader in the conservation of cultural landscapes, she has developed award-winning design, planning, and stewardship solutions for significant cultural landscapes at National Parks, National Historic Landmarks, and sites of regional and local importance throughout the United States. Brenda’s visionary thinking led to improved processes that position significant landscapes for continued study, relevance, and resilience, enabling present and future stewardship professionals to preserve and interpret our legacy sites for generations to come.

The lecture--which is free and open to the public--is the first in the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning's 2023-2024 lecture series. Write to for more information.

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