This lecture will take place in person at 134 Temple Buell Hall (Plym Auditorium), 611 E. Lorado Taft Dr., Champaign, IL.
It will also be livestreamed on Zoom. To access the Zoom platform, please click the registration link above.
Terry Harkness “Plants in Design” Lecture: Ronald E. Henderson
Ron Henderson, RLA, FASLA, is an international leader in landscape architecture design, history, research, and education. His broad range of research includes gardens and contemporary urbanism in China and Japan, arboriculture and horticulture practices, botanical drawing, landscape-based urbanism, and driverless cities.
Since 2015, Henderson has served as Professor and Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture+Urbanism program at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). There, he is a prime investigator for “The Driverless City Project,” a multi-disciplinary research initiative funded by the National Science Foundation and the Nayar Prize, which investigates the urban design implications of driverless vehicles.
As founding principal of LIRIO Landscape Architecture (formerly L+A Landscape Architecture), Henderson’s award-winning projects include the Gardens of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA), City Walk (Providence, RI), the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery (Nantes, France), and the Jiuzhou Qingyan roof garden of the Chinese Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 (China). Lirio/L+A has been recognized with over 30 international, national, and regional awards for design, planning, preservation, and research.
Henderson is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a US-Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellow, and a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence. From 2016 to 2022, he served as a Senior Fellow of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. He is the author of The Gardens of Suzhou (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) and numerous articles on landscape architecture and urbanism. His forthcoming publication The Driverless City focuses on the urban design implications of driverless and autonomous vehicles.
After earning a B.Arch. at the University of Notre Dame, Henderson completed MLA and M.Arch. degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. Before arriving at IIT, he held academic appointments at Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University, Tsinghua University, Roger Williams University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
For more information about this and other events in our Fall 2022 series, please contact Prof. David L. Hays.