Stadium Designer Janet Marie Smith to Speak at Johns Hopkins on Resurgence of Classic Ballparks

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"Mining Diamonds: The Resurgence of Classic Baseball Parks in American Cities,” renowned stadium designer Janet Marie Smith will deliver the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s annual Allan L. Berman Lecture on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

Janet Marie Smith, celebrated architect and driving force behind the design of Baltimore’s iconic Oriole Park at Camden Yards, will be the speaker at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s annual Allan L. Berman Lecture on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The lecture will take place at 6:15 p.m. in the Jean R. and Allan L. Berman Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. A 5:30 p.m. reception will precede the lecture.

Smith, whose remarks are titled “Mining Diamonds: The Resurgence of Classic Baseball Parks in American Cities,” was named senior vice president of planning and development for the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2012. She oversees the Dodger Stadium revitalization initiative, which includes upgrading the venerable ballpark in a manner that honors its heritage while enhancing the fan experience.

As vice president of planning and development for the Baltimore Orioles from 2009 to 2012, Smith oversaw renovations of the team’s spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., as well as upgrades and enhancements at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the team’s signature home since 1992. Smith previously worked for the Orioles, from 1989 to 1994, as vice president of planning and development during the design and construction of Oriole Park, the forerunner in a resurgence of classic baseball parks built over the past two decades.

Before rejoining the Orioles, Smith served as senior vice president of planning and development for the Boston Red Sox, overseeing improvements at historic Fenway Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Also, from 1994 to 2000 she was vice president for planning and development for the Atlanta Braves.

Smith holds a master’s degree in urban planning from City College of New York and a bachelor of architecture degree from Mississippi State University.

To register for the reception and lecture, and for more information, go to http://www.carey.jhu.edu/bermanlecture.

Established in 1990, the Allan L. Berman Lecture is named for the Baltimore businessman whose family’s gift and visionary thinking have led to new and expanded initiatives in real estate studies at Johns Hopkins, including the creation of one of the few master’s programs in real estate in the United States.

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