College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture

Thomas Woltz: "Cultivation, Conservation, Culture: The Arc of a Mission Based Practice"

Thomas Woltz and LARC students
Photo Credit: 
Max Berger

Inspiring and innovative landscape architect, Thomas Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz, presented a fascinating and bold Fall University Landscape Architecture Lecture. The day started with a Q & A luncheon with MLA and BLA students, where he answered questions both personal and practical. He provided insights into his work that not many other people get to see, which was a very special experience. Following lunch, he stopped into the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year BLA studios to engage in conversation with students. Having someone so talented and distinguished in our field, so close to where we work and create, was inspiring in and of itself. Afterwards, Mr. Woltz gave the Fall University Landscape Architecture Lecture where he spoke passionately about the cultivation, conservation and culture of what it means to be a landscape architect in today’s world. He emphasized his process of digging deep to find the true story of a site to help guide the design and creation of a project. By utilizing this process, Nelson Byrd Woltz is able to create breath-taking landscapes with significant meaning. 

“Only when you, through your knowledge of place and your research that you’ve done, when you engage their mind, that’s when you have their heart”. - Thomas Woltz

Written: 9/28/2017

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