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R. Steve Dick/University Relations

Greg Wade is retiring after 27 years as a landscape architect at KU. Many of his projects are visible across campus.

CAMPUS CLOSEUPGreg Wade - Landscape architect, Design and Construction Management

Years at current job: 27

Job duties: Campus planning, site and landscape design and project management.

KU is known for its campus beauty. What is your favorite campus landmark? The Campanile.

What is the status of the Weaver Courtyard sculpture garden project near Spooner? The project is basically complete but needs some time to settle in. Some plant material did not make it through the hot weather over the summer.

There are several major construction and beautification projects under way on campus. Which of these are you most directly involved with? I've had a hand in most of the projects at some point, but this summer I have been most involved in the new traffic booth.

What do you enjoy most about your profession? It is an interesting profession. It is a broad discipline and there are many interesting areas for practice. The best thing is that most people appreciate what landscape architects do, unlike lawyers.

What are some aspects of your job others might not realize you're involved with? The technical side of land development and management. Most folks think we just plant trees, but there is a lot of work to get to that point. That is the easy part. I've managed projects that have engineering and architectural elements, as well as those that have planning and implementation challenges. For example, I worked on studies for parking and transit 10 years ago that started the dialogue on Park and Ride. Now it is here.

You are retiring after many years at KU. Are there any projects that you are most proud of or feel will best represent your time here? The Visitor Center and Malott Gateway at 15th and Iowa turned out better than I first thought possible. There are many other projects that I hope will stand the test of time.

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