Geneva Wirth Gives Next Hyde Lecture

Geneva Wirth Gives Next Hyde Lecture

By Kerry McCulloug...

November 14, 2016

Gena Wirth

The College of Architecture is pleased to announce Geneva Wirth, design principal of SCAPE Landscape Architecture, will be the next Hyde speaker giving a lecture entitled "Toward an Urban Ecology."

For this lecture, Wirth will share why she believes urban landscape design should be a form of activism. She will detail the importance of moving beyond the familiar and increasingly outmoded ways of thinking about environmental, urban and social issues as separate domains and advocating for the synthesis of practice to create a truly urban ecology. A range of participatory and science-based strategies will be depicted through the lens of office work, featured projects, collaborators and design methods that advance urban ecological design.

When Wirth is not lecturing she works as the design principal for SCAPE. Trained in landscape architecture, urban planning and horticulture, Wirth draws from her interdisciplinary training to create ecologically rich and culturally relevant landscapes from the infrastructural scale to the site level.

Wirth leads the design on several significant projects at SCAPE. She was on the original Oyster-tecture team and was the project manager for SCAPE’s involvement in SIRR, where she studied large-scale harbor-wide strategies for coastal protection measures that will be utilized in preparation for the next superstorm. She was also the project manager for SCAPE’s winning Rebuild by Design proposal and Living Breakwaters, a climate change resiliency strategy for the South Shore of Staten Island.

Wirth holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Planning with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Delaware.

Wirth’s lecture will be held in the Richards Hall, Room 15, UNL city campus, this Friday, November 18 at 4 pm.

For questions, email Kerry McCullough-Vondrak at