Mary Hughes, University Landscape Architect
Mary Hughes has served as the University Landscape Architect since 1996. She previously served as co-director of the Historic Landscape Institute, an adult education program jointly sponsored by UVA and Monticello, using Jeffersonian landscapes of central Virginia as laboratories for applying historical horticulture and preservation practices. She is the co-editor of a book called Design with Culture: Claiming America's Landscape Heritage, which chronicles the origins of the landscape preservation movement in the United States. In 2012, she was awarded the Lagasse Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects for conservation and stewardship of the public landscape.
What brought you to U.Va. and how long have you worked here? I have been here 19 years. As an alumna of the School of Architecture (MLA '87), I had always wanted the chance to come back to Charlottesville and the University. When the University Landscape Architect position was advertised, it was an opportunity I couldn't let slip by.
What was your very first job ever? Teaching French at Collegiate Schools in Richmond.
In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job. I am a jack of many trades but my primary responsibility is to provide professional guidance on design and planning of the University landscape to see that new work complements the character of the larger University Grounds.
What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Roam the rural Virginia landscape in search of scenic and historic places, when I am not selling wine at my own vineyard, that is.
What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant? That is a hard question because there are so many choices! As a former French teacher, I have to say Fleurie and Petit Pois.
What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do? Fly the University plane!
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