Noted designer and scholar Frederick Steiner will present the inaugural E. Lynn Miller Lecture in Landscape Architecture at 7 p.m. Monday, March 6, at West Virginia University.
Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, will presentMemory Trail: Reflections on Being a Flight 93 National Memorial Finalistin 1021 South Agricultural Sciences on WVU ’s Evansdale Campus.
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Steiner’s team was one of five finalists to contribute designs for a memorial honoring the 40 passengers and crew members killed when United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, and crashed into a field near Shanksville in Somerset County , Pa. Steiner collaborated on the design with Miller, a professor emeritus at Penn State, Jason Kentner, a lecturer at UT Austin, and Karen Lewis, a professor at the University of Kentucky .
Finalists were chosen from among 1,011 design submissions. TheMemory Traildesign by Steiner, Miller, Kentner and Lewis proposed innovative methods to reclaim the land of the crash site and natural elements to symbolize the collective heroism of the Flight 93 victims.
Prior to joining the UT faculty, Steiner was director of the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Arizona State University, and taught planning, landscape architecture and environmental science at the University of Colorado-Denver, Washington State University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
As a Fulbright-Hays scholar in 1980, he conducted research on ecological planning at the Wageningen Agricultural and Environmental Science University, The Netherlands. In 1998, he was the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome. He is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and an Academic Fellow of the Urban Land Institute.
Miller, who earned his bachelor of science degree from WVU and his master of landscape architecture degree from Harvard, endowed the annual lecture. He has also created the Miller Creative Writing Award, given annually to a WVU student who best expresses concepts of landscape architecture in a creative context.
After 35 years at Penn State, Miller is currently a visiting professor in UT’s landscape architecture program. He was a visiting professor at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and at Tsinghua University in the Peoples Republic of China. In 1992, he was the ASLA Congressional Fellow with the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. In 1995, he received the Outstanding Educators Award from the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture.
During their visit, Steiner and Miller will speak with senior students in WVU ’s nationally ranked landscape architecture program. Miller will attend senior project presentations and speak to students in a History of Landscape Architecture project.
The Miller Lecture was established through the WVU Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU .