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Kate Cullity / Taylor Cullity Lethlean

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
February 21, 2018 - 5:30pm

Kate Cullity will present a lecture entitled "Botanical Stories from the Antipodes" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21. The talk is free and open to the public. Cullity is a founding director of Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), one of the world’s most highly acclaimed landscape architecture and urban design firms, based in Australia.

Cullity’s presentation will examine the primary role plants play and the narratives they convey in TCL’s varied projects. Projects discussed will include  the elemental landscape of the Uluru Aboriginal Visitors Centre in the Central Australian desert, the constructed and distilled  landscapes of the recently completed Cultivated by Fire display garden for the Gardens of the World IGA–Berlin and the The Australian Garden, a botanic garden dedicated to the display of Australian plants and the abstraction of the Australian environment, as well as the regenerative program of The National Arboretum in Canberra, an arboretum and seed bank of “100 Forests” of the world’s endangered tree species.   

Kate Cullity is an internationally recognized and awarded landscape architect and environmental artist, with particular skills in the integration of public art with landscape and urban design. She has worked as both an artist and designer for a number of international art and garden festivals both in Australia and overseas. Cullity is experienced in the design of residential and public gardens and parks and her work in this area has been extensively published internationally. Her background in botany and her strong personal interest in horticulture have resulted in her involvement in the planting design of sites throughout Australia.

Cullity has been a member of the core design team in many of TCL’s award winning projects including the Redevelopment of North Terrace and Victoria Square in Adelaide and The Australian Garden, which won the 2013 WAF, “Landscape of the Year” award. She was one of four inaugural recipients of the AILA National Edna Walling Award for Residential Design in 2006.

Cullity has taught at both secondary and tertiary levels and is most familiar with the education sector. She recently completed a PhD at RMIT University which reflected on 25 years of TCL’s practice, as well as her interest in beauty, aesthetics and care and how these qualities can be aligned with creating and appreciating sustainable landscapes.