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“Exploration – The Pursuit of Finding Equal Ground,” Kona Gray
February 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kona A. Gray, FASLA, PLA, EDSA Principal, will give a virtual lecture titled, “Exploration – The Pursuit of Finding Equal Ground” on February 8, 2021 via Zoom.
Strong leadership and a sense of purpose are part of Kona’s DNA. As an EDSA studio leader with a 27-year career and experience in 30+ countries, his global management sense has positively shaped the outcomes of many environments. Kona’s heritage originates from Liberia, West Africa, which has influenced his sense of community based design and place making. His portfolio ranges from large-scale planning to detailed site design, with emphasis on communities, parks, hospitality, urban public realms, healthcare and campus spaces. Blending sensitivity, context, and creative design solutions, Kona unites a client’s vision with his vanguard viewpoint producing designs with purpose and presence.
Domestically, his work includes parks and public realm experiences in rural and urban communities. His international experience encompasses the design for mixed-use destinations, resort communities, and large-scale parks in the Caribbean, North Africa, and the Middle East including a 5,000-acre Central Park in Cairo, Egypt. Currently, Kona is leading a team of designers and landscape architects on projects in Florida, Georgia, California, Virginia, Arkansas, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, China, Dubai (UAE), Egypt, India, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Antigua and St. Lucia.
A registered landscape architect in Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, Kona is CLARB certified. After completing studies in architecture at the Boston Architectural College and Savannah College of Art and Design, Kona earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. Regarding professional affiliations, Kona has been a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) since 1999 and was inducted into the Council of Fellows in 2017. In 2018, Kona was elected to serve as ASLA Vice President for Professional Practice on Board of Trustees Executive Committee. He has served the ASLA Florida Chapter on the Scholarship Committee and ASLA National on the Student and Professional Awards Jury as well as the Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee. He is a Past President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and an active member of the Urban Land Institute. Locally, Kona serves on the NSU Huizenga School of Business Real Estate Advisory Board and is a member of the Susie and Alan B. Levan, Nova Southeastern University Ambassador’s Board.
At EDSA, Kona’s award-winning projects are inspired by a passion for creative design solutions that solve meaningful global issues. Kona has the keen ability to translate a community’s vision to create places that intentionally relate to diverse generations. With an uncompromising dedication to quality, he consistently takes into consideration important factors like community, heritage, environment, and the constant pursuit of improving humanity through landscape architecture.