|Ken Smith is designing the new Orange County Great Park.|
|This is a rendering of the new park.|
The Department of Landscape Architecture welcomed prominent New York City landscape architect Ken Smith to the university Nov. 27 to hear him discuss the project of a lifetime: Designing the new Orange County Great Park – the largest public project of its kind in the nation.
Smith is an award-winning, internationally recognized landscape architect and principal of Ken Smith Landscape Architect. He will lead the team turning the 4,700-acre, former El Toro Marine Base into a redevelopment centered on a brand new 1,300-acre regional park serving all of Orange County.
“The change in Orange County over the past 15 years has been shocking, and the change over the next 15 years is going to be even more shocking,” Smith says. “The big open vistas, which are really the history of Orange County, will be gone. That's why I think this space is going to be so important. It's an amazing moment, to be here on the cusp of such change.