Innovative Design Studio Planned for Turtle Lake, Eleuthera, Bahamas

Architect and Professor Clark Stevens of Woodbury University School of Architecture in California will lead a Design Studio for Turtle Lake (Burrows Pond) this fall on the Bahamas island of Eleuthera, the Kinship Foundation and the Burrows Family announced today. The Design Studio is a semester-long program where select students will assess future business and conservation development at Turtle lake. "The design studio will enable students to assess this special 68 acre saltwater lake, including its heritage as a business center for the Burrows family, and find ways for the family to consider future continued uses of the lake that also preserve its unique natural resources and population of sea turtles" said Harvard-trained Professor Stevens. "Some of the Burrows Family will travel to California to assist the students in understanding the culture of the Bahamas and family priorities for the lake, and then select students will travel with me to Eleuthera later this year for a more in-depth assessment of the watershed".

The design studio follows the recent trip to Eleuthera by Professor Stevens with the Kinship Conservation Fellows Watershed and Coastal Resiliency Group to assess the lake. The Kinship Fellows group included marine biologists, geographers, sea turtle and tourism experts. "We are proud that the Kinship Fellows group could work with the Burrows Family to assess ways to preserve the lake and find a viable path forward to re-kindle the uses of the lake pioneered by Edwin Burrows” said Kinship Vice President Renee Michaels. A report by the Kinship Fellows group based on its recent trip to Eleuthera will assist the Design Studio through its assessment of key ecological and economic issues unique to Turtle Lake.