COA Hosts Talk on Designing for the Future

Conway students head into the field to examine a potential site.
Conway students head into the field to examine a potential site.
Posted April 05, 2013, at 1:52 p.m.
Conway students examine a potential site.
Conway students examine a potential site.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 4:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Molly Anderson; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, ME—Paul Cawood Hellmund, president of the Conway School in Conway, MA, will be giving a talk to College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in McCormick Lecture Hall. Hellmund’s talk is titled “Reinventing the Future: How one tiny Graduate School is preparing landscape planners and designers—including several COA graduates—to deal with climate change and a host of uncertainties.”

The Conway School offers an intensive graduate program in sustainable landscape planning and design—ten months of specialized study preparing graduates to work as a designers and planners on important real-world projects. Joining Hellmund will be 2009 COA alumna Anna Fialkoff, a student at the Conway School.

Hellmund is an ecological designer and conservation planner. He holds a degree from the Harvard Design School. The focus of his design, research, practice, and teaching is improving the relationship between people and nature, especially in urban, suburban, and degraded landscapes. He led the team that developed the plan for redeveloping the Rocky Mountain Arsenal as one of the country’s largest urban wildlife refuges, and worked on reuse plans for other major contaminated lands in the western United States. For several years as a graduate student he worked at Acadia National Park.

For more on this talk on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:10 p.m., contact Molly Anderson at or 207-288-5015.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit