University of Virginia to Brief Community on Past, Future Development

November 02, 2009

November 2, 2009 — The University of Virginia will hold a community briefing Nov. 10 at noon at the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. The topic: the past and future of the University's physical development, presented by two nationally recognized architectural experts.

The briefing, 'Building on Jefferson's Legacy,' is sponsored by the University's Community Relations Office. A light luncheon will be provided at the event, and complimentary parking will be available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street.

Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, will describe how the University evolved in the 19th and 20th centuries. His presentation, titled 'From Village to Grounds: The Changing University Landscape," will highlight efforts to respond to – and in some cases, react against – Jefferson's design as U.Va. has grown since its opening in 1825.

David Neuman, architect for the University, will speak about where the University plans to go in the future. His address, titled 'U.Va.'s New Grounds Plan: Sustaining Jefferson's Intent,' will lay out the principles guiding University development for the next 20 years. The recently adopted Grounds Plan reaches back to Jefferson's ideals while stretching forward with 21st-century urban planning principles.

Wilson is curator of two current exhibits on Grounds: 'From Village to Grounds: Architecture After Jefferson at the University of Virginia' at the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture/The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library; and 'Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece' at the U.Va. Art Museum. The exhibits are part of U.Va.'s 2009 celebration of the centennial of Carr's Hill, the University president's residence.

After the briefing, U.Va. students will be available to escort guests to the exhibits.

Wilson has received many prizes for his writing and is a Guggenheim fellow, and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. He has been an adviser and commentator for television programs on PBS, C-Span, History Channel and A&E and has appeared regularly on A&E's "America's Castles." 
A frequent lecturer to university, museum and professional groups, he has also published many articles, reviews and books, including one on Thomas Jefferson's design of the University of Virginia.

Neuman has oversight of more than $3 billion in U.Va. capital projects. A fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he has worked at Stanford University, the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Nebraska. A contributing editor of "Planning for Higher Education," he has consulted for a variety of institutional and private clients. He has published three books and accepted an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for a 10-year historic preservation program completed under his leadership. His campus plans, historic preservation projects, and individual building and landscape designs have garnered more than 85 national, state and regional professional awards. He has been architect of the University since 2004.

For information, contact the U.Va. Community Relations Office at 434-924-1321 or