Common Lectures Series | SPRING 2017

All Lectures in RM 110 CDL @ 4:00 PM unless otherwise noted (*)

Jan 18

“Capital City Farm: Restoring Agricultural Open Space to the Urban Landscape”

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Allegra Lovejoy is dedicated to human and environmental sustainability through improving urban environments and protecting natural environments. Allegra began farming a week after graduating from Princeton (Class of '14) at The Food Project, the leading urban agriculture and food policy organization in the greater Boston area. In summer 2015, she joined D&R Greenway Land Trust in New Jersey to support stewardship of conservation lands and help start Capital City Farm, Trenton's first production urban farm. She also serves as the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey's Education Coordinator.

Jan 25

“Living Walls: Taking Landscapes to New Heights, A case study of the Rutgers NJ Institute for Food Nutrition and Health Green Wall

EcoWalls is an award-winning, full service firm specializing in sustainable solutions for vertical landscapes throughout the United States.  By creating thoughtfully designed products and pairing them with superior green wall technology, we are able to address the specific needs for vertical landscapes throughout a diverse set of markets.  The patented EcoWall Living Wall system provides customers with flexible design opportunities for the creation of signature living walls for both interior and exterior applications.

Michael A. Coraggio, is a Founding Principal and President of EcoWalls.  Michael has over twelve years of experience in the fields of horticulture, landscape architecture, and ecologic design. Michael received a degree in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University.  His field experience includes site master planning for commercial, mixed-use, and residential applications, horticultural management, habitat design, and leadership in the development of numerous vertical landscapes.

Feb 1

“Sustainability: Beyond Design + Construction”

Formed in 1997, ETM ASSOCIATES, LLC specializes in Public Space Design, Public Space Management and Project Management. The firm is concerned with all aspects of public space and sees design, implementation and ongoing management as a continuum of related professional activities.

The firm brings a wide range of professional, technical and entrepreneurial expertise to public space issues and public/private sector involvement. Successful public spaces are achieved with forethought and planning. We have experience with a wide-range of design projects and project scales. In addition to being physically attractive, parks need to be designed to suit the neighborhoods they serve. Parks that thrive and provide balance to the community are those that rise above the commonplace in the quality of design, facilities, maintenance and programs.

ETM ASSOCIATES, LLC exercises consistent, accountable leadership in the creation, planning and implementation of a growing number of significant public space projects. We have earned a solid reputation as a firm for practical and creative solutions to public space management issues. In our commitment to develop workable approaches to public space management issues, we are focused on what we call “Gap Analysis.” This process involves a systematic approach to investigating, identifying, interpreting, recommending, and implementing. The process illuminates ways to bridge the “gap” of ever-present differences between existing resource levels and the total needed for optimum delivery of services. We accept the challenge to go beyond articulating the resources needed for optimal service delivery, by identifying opportunities for realistic, creative solutions and by acting in the spirit of partnership.

Tim Marshall was formerly the Vice President for the Central Park Conservancy and Deputy Administrator of Central Park for more than 13 years with direct responsibility for the daily management of the Park. Mr. Marshall was responsible for the development and implementation of the zone-based management strategy currently employed in Central Park and numerous other parks nationally. Mr. Marshall has extensive hands-on experience, of 30 years in the field, with park management and operations along with creative problem solving for park management and operations, funding and public/private involvement. Mr. Marshall has been a registered Landscape Architect since 1989 and was elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows in 2016.

Feb 8

Drawing from Place: The Philosophy, Process, and Practice of NBW

Serena Nelson joined Nelson Byrd Woltz in 2003 after completion of a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Her final year of undergraduate studies focused heavily on the study of landscape as a connective infrastructure and the representation of layered relationships through drawing. In the Charlottesville office, Serena worked on the Campbell Hall Landscape Additions and the Asia Trail at the National Zoo.

In 2006 Serena returned to the University of Virginia to pursue dual Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees, where she served as a Kenan Fellow, guest-lecturing on the Miller House and Garden as an integration of architecture and landscape architecture for Arch101 Lessons of the Lawn. Through coursework and travels in graduate school, Serena explored water infrastructure in Mexico City, visited polder landscapes of the Netherlands and Germany, studied the layers of the sinking city of Venice, and charretted in Shanghai to design a prototypical exurban school for the U.S. China Center for Sustainable Development.

Following graduate school, Serena worked for two years with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners where she gained exposure to the unique design climate of New York City, working with a broad range of city agencies, community groups, institutional clients and private developers including work with Durst Fetner and BIG architects on the VIA West 57th on-structure multi-level courtyard. In the spring of 2012, Serena re-joined Nelson Byrd Woltz in the New York Office as a project manager for the design development of Hudson Yards, working with complex teams of architects and engineers to collaboratively shape an unprecedented on-structure landscape over an active train yard. She continues to be involved in ongoing phases, including the master plan for the second half of the site known as the Western Yards. She is also currently project manager for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

Feb 15

The Silent Revolution – Transforming Germany’s Industrial Heart via Water Management

Dr. Uli Paetzold holds the positions as CEO of EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT and LIPPEVERBAND. The EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT was founded on 14 December 1899, as the first German water management association. Originally established to meet the water management needs of rapid industrialization, todays focus shifted toward transforming the river from an open sewer system into a near-natural body of water; balancing the different utilization requirements that businesses, residents and nature bring to the Emscher in a sustainable and acceptable manner.
I addition to his expansive experience in community leadership as Mayor of the City of Herten (2004 – 2016), Dr. Petzold is a member of the PhD Faculty of Social Sciences/Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Feb 22

The Gardens of Joseph and Napoleon Bonaparte

Connie Webster is a Professor Emerita of Landscape Architecture at Cook College, Rutgers University and a partner in the firm Webster Associates. She holds an AB in French and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and is a registered landscape architect in New Jersey, past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a member of the NJ State Review Board for Historic Sites. Professor Webster’s research interests include French garden history, the French influence on American landscape design and New Jersey garden history.

Mar 1

“Reviving a Career”

David is a Landscape Designer at SCAPE. David’s interests in design detail compel a steady focus in translating design vision to construction documentation and implementation. He is enthusiastic about the transformative process of detail development as a response to site discovery and the expanding possibilities of design interventions.

David is leading the Construction Administration of several NYC projects in the SCAPE office, including New York Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Education Building. In addition, David serves as the project manager for SCAPE’s design of a campus landscape and a small sculpture garden. Prior to SCAPE, David assisted with construction documentation for the revitalization of the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, an urban plaza at Essex Crossing in Manhattan, and open space designs for four NYCHA sites throughout New York City. David also served as a design fellow exploring green infrastructure as a tool to mitigate CSO overflows and enhance neighborhood open space in Newark, NJ. David holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University and B.A. in English from Saint John’s University.

“Parks, Plazas, Rooftops + Residences: Landscape Architecture at Melillo + Bauer”

Kim graduated from the Rutgers MLA program in 2013.  Shortly after graduation she joined Melillo + Bauer Associates, a premier New Jersey and Northeast regional landscape architectural firm founded in 1979.  Kim has been with M&B for 3 years, where she has been involved in numerous exciting projects ranging from single family residential design to significant commercial development design projects.  Kim has completed 3 of the 4 sections of the L.A.R.E., and will sit for the last section this month.  Kim also holds an MBA from Monmouth University, a BA in Art from Northern Arizona University and a Master Gardener Certification from Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

“In Site”

Alisa has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University with a focus on natural systems and, in particular, meadow design and rain gardens including maintenance.  Her work with operations and maintenance manuals has enhanced her appreciation of responsible design and the implications of planned maintenance to ensure the design intent is continued.  Alisa’s passion for preservation and thoughtful design are visible in her designs, management manuals and maintenance plans. She has designed a small playground in Manhattan under the Community Parks Initiative while employed at NYC Parks, which is in construction through Fall 2017. Alisa is currently a Landscape Designer at SiteWorks and uses her communication skills and keen eye for detail as a field inspector on construction projects. In addition, she has been the point person for multiagency projects including NYC Parks and NYC DEP.

Mar 8

Green Metropolis

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the author of eight previous books about the design of cities, parks, and gardens as expressions of place. She has long been involved in historic landscape preservation and was the first person to hold the title of Central Park administrator, a position created in 1979. In 1980, she was instrumental in founding the Central Park Conservancy, a public-private partnership supporting the restoration and management of the park. She served in both positions until 1996. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she has made New York her home since 1964.

Rogers now introduces us to seven remarkable green spaces in and around New York City, giving us the history—both natural and human—of how they have been transformed over time.

Here we find: The greenbelt and nature refuge that runs along the spine of Staten Island on land once intended for a highway, where mushrooms can be gathered and, at the right moment, seventeen-year locusts viewed. Jamaica Bay, near John F. Kennedy International Airport, whose mosaic of fragile, endangered marshes has been preserved as a bird sanctuary on the Atlantic Flyway, full of egrets, terns, and horseshoe crabs. Inwood Hill, in upper Manhattan, whose forest once sheltered Native Americans and Revolutionary soldiers before it became a site for wealthy estates and subsequently a public park. The Central Park Ramble, an artfully designed wilderness in the middle of the city, with native and imported flora, magnificent rock outcrops, and numerous species of resident and migrating birds. Roosevelt Island, formerly Welfare Island, in the East River, where urban planners built a “new town in town” in the 1970s and whose southern tip is the dramatic setting for the Louis Kahn–designed memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Freshkills, the unusual twenty-two-hundred-acre park on Staten Island that is being created out of what was once the world’s largest landfill. The High Line, in Manhattan’s Chelsea and West Village neighborhoods, an aerial promenade built on an abandoned elevated rail spur with its native grasses and panoramic views of the Hudson River and the downtown cityscape.

Full of the natural history of the parks along with interesting historical facts and interviews with caretakers, guides, local residents, guardians, and visitors, this beautifully illustrated book is a treasure trove of information about the varied and pleasurable green spaces that grace New York City.

Mar 22

“Public/Private Partnerships: Quennell Rothschild + Partners”

Andrew Moore is a landscape architect with over 30 years’ experience. He has designed many of QRP’s most notable projects, including the master plan for Hudson River Park, multiple projects on the campus of spaces at Princeton University, The Central Park Children’s Zoo, many historic restorations, and residences in New York, Connecticut, Florida and New Mexico.

Mr. Moore has collaborated extensively with architects, artists and other designers. At Princeton University, he worked on the Science Library with Frank Gehry, and on the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics with Rafael Vinoly. Recent collaborations include a residence in East Hampton with artist Paula Hayes, and a roof top installation for the Woodner Foundation in Manhattan with Monika Gryzmala. Mr. Moore has had a long and successful collaboration with architect Toshiko Mori: together, they designed six private residences; the Visitor’s Center for Poe Cottage in the Bronx; and the Greatbatch Pavilion for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, NY.  Currently, Mr. Moore is working with the NYC Parks Department to create four miles of resilient waterfront for Staten Island.

Mr. Moore has taught at Parsons New School of Design, at the University of Pennsylvania, and at a summer program in Beacon, NY for Washington University. He has given many guest lectures at Columbia University on modern design, participatory design and technical methodology.

Mr. Moore is a graduate of the University of Oregon and a licensed Landscape Architect in New York State and the State of New Jersey. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Alison Shipley brings a strong technical knowledge and attention to detail to all her projects, and guides innovative design ideas to technically feasible solutions. Her landscape designs seek to create socially inclusive spaces that help to strengthen communities. Ms. Shipley was born and educated in the UK and after receiving a degree in Landscape Architecture from Gloucestershire College of Art & Design she worked in England, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and Charleston, SC.  She has worked extensively on projects requiring coordination with a range of other professions, including artists, preservationists, architects and engineers and she is skilled at incorporating diverse inputs into cohesive designs. 

Ms. Shipley joined Quennell Rothschild & Partners in 1983. Her early work with the firm focused on restorations of historic parks and public spaces including New Haven Green and Prospect Park Zoo. Her expertise includes complex environmental and historical issues, as well as techniques for community involvement.  She has significant experience with rooftop design and green-roof projects, and with grading, drainage and planting challenges.

Recent projects include numerous NYC parks, including 14 acres of beachfront in Far Rockaway, where she transformed large parking lots into green hills, sports fields and play areas.  In collaboration with the artist George Trakas, she designed the award-winning Newtown Creek Nature Walk, a richly planted public waterfront around a Brooklyn water treatment plant.

Ms. Shipley is also leading QRP’s work in the Community Parks Initiative, an investment in New York City’s neighborhood parks with the greatest needs.

Mar 29

Margery Amdur combines painting and sculpture to create hybrid works.  Her materials and fabrication process are as much a part of the work as the finished pieces. She currently works with mass produced cosmetic sponges to produce wall constructions that have a kinship with both overgrown nature and topographical maps. Often these pieces are built in collaboration with students, further emphasizing the communal process
Originally from Pittsburgh, Margery Amdur received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Margery has had over 60 solo and two-person exhibitions. Her international exhibitions include Turkey, Hungary, Poland, and England. Margery is the recipient of more than a dozen awards and grants.  She has been reviewed in national and international publications including Sculpture Magazine, New American Paintings, Fiber Arts, New Art Examiner, Art Papers, and in two of the Manifest International Publications. Her work will be featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Art Voices. In April, 2012, Margery completed her first major permanent Public Art Commission where she created and installed 4000 square feet of permanent art work on vestibule platforms in Philadelphia’s Spring Garden underground transit station. Between 2012 and 2014 she was an artist fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ox Bow artist residency, Saugatuck, Michigan, Nef a Moulin residency in Auvillar France, and Gulkistan Residency in Laugarvatn, Iceland. In 2014 and 2015 she will have solo exhibits at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington Delaware, McAllen, Texas, The Philadelphia International Airport, and The Gulkistan Gallery in Iceland.

Apr 5

“Toxin-Free Landscapes: The Future of Land Management”

Principal of her eponymous landscape design firm since 1984, Edwina von Gal has created landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. She has collaborated with architects such as Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, and Richard Meier, and her work has been published in many major publications. Her book "Fresh Cuts" won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing in 1998.
In 2013, Edwina founded the Perfect Earth Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising consciousness about the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals for people, their pets, and the planet. Perfect Earth Project educates homeowners and professionals in nature-based landscape management techniques that provide beautiful, safe results at no extra cost.
Edwina has served on boards and committees for a number of horticultural organizations, and is currently on the board of What Is Missing?, Maya Lin’s multifaceted media artwork about the loss of biodiversity. Most recently, Edwina was appointed as a Master Teacher at the Conway School for the 2015-2016 academic year. She is the Green Schools Alliance Site and Landscaping Expert.

Apr 12

“Landscape Architecture in the Hamptons: The Work and Processes of The LaGuardia Design Group”

Christopher LaGuardia FASLA founded the LaGuardia Design Group in 1993 and has received numerous awards and accolades including the ASLA Award of Excellence in Residential Design, The ASLA Honor Award, and Several NYASLA Merit Awards.

The LaGuardia Design group works at designing Landscapes that are sustainable and sensitive to the highly varied natural and manmade landscapes that constitute the Hamptons resort community.

Additionally, LaGuardia has lectured on his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the ASLA National Conference, The New York Center for Architecture and the Parish Art Museum.

Apr 19

“State of Infinity”

Landscape Architect Laura Starr focuses on making density livable by bringing nature into the city. Her practice began with a twelve-year tenure at the Central Park Conservancy during its formative years as a public-private partnership, gaining inside experience of the workings of this new park management structure and its critical role in sustaining the work of living landscapes. Since co-founding Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, Starr has continued to expand on the Olmstedian themes she absorbed in Central Park, choreographing and sequencing the experience and stewardship of the landscape from tiny urban courtyards to vulnerable stretches of the waterfront. Participating in the Mayor’s post-Sandy Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR), Starr promoted the idea of integrating flood protection into a vibrant new waterfront—ideas which later earned her the nickname “mid-wife” of the Big U, a winning proposal in HUD’s Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition.

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