Past Lectures

Fall 2017

September 6

The Steve Strom Lecture
“Computational Methodologies for Landscape Architecture”

We are currently at a crossroads where conventional approaches to landscape architecture do not serve justice to the increasing complexity of environmental issues, which require solutions that are both visionary and sustainable. In the era of progressive digitalization, landscape architects are greatly challenged to choose the most useful tools from the area of information technology for research, analysis, design and communication. Emerging concepts, such as geodesign and data-driven design are products of this powerful and influential development. Now is the time to carefully analyze what kind of impact these tools will have on the planning and design of our cities and landscapes. Do the aforementioned terms merely deal with the constant iterative development of professional practice? Or when will it be appropriate to talk of a ‘radically new paradigm’?

Pia Fricker is Adjunct Professor in Landscape Architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, where she founded and directs the Digital Landscape Architecture Laboratory. From 2007 – 2016, she was Director of Graduate Studies in Landscape Architecture at ETH Zurich, Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Girot. Here, she laid the foundation for her research on New Computational Methodologies for Dynamic Landscapes in the area of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. Pia Fricker is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture Magazine, as well as member of the scientific program committee of the DLA Conference (Digital Landscape Architecture) and member of the expert peer reviewing committee of ACADIA and eCAADe conference.

6:30 pm meet and greet and 7:00 pm lecture
Kathleen W Ludwig Global Village Learning Center

September 13

“After the bomb: Isotopes in the Landscape”

Thomas recently graduated with his masters degree in landscape architecture from the Graduate School of New Brunswick at Rutgers University. During his time there, Thomas focussed on narrative exploration and development through a multi-disciplinary approach. Combining his backgrounds in ecology, performance, and community development, Thomas hopes to engage users of spaces in learning about a place’s past and participating in the growth of its future.

““Climatic and humanitarian impacts of nuclear war”

A nuclear war between any two nations, such as India and Pakistan, with each country using 50 Hiroshima-sized atom bombs as airbursts on urban areas, would inject so much smoke from the resulting fires into the stratosphere that the resulting climate change would be unprecedented in recorded human history.
The environmental and humanitarian impacts of the use of even a small number of nuclear weapons must be considered in nuclear policy deliberations. As a result of international negotiations in the past several years, on July 7, 2017 the United Nations ratified an international treaty banning nuclear weapons, supported by more than 130 countries, but not the nine that currently have nuclear weapons. I will describe our new research project that will examine in detail a number of credible nuclear war scenarios, the emissions from the fires that would be generated, the climatic impacts, the impacts on agriculture, and the impacts on world food trade and availability. We hope that these new results will be useful in informing policymakers about the dangers of any use of nuclear weapons.

Dr. Alan Robock is a Distinguished Professor of climate science in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. Prof. Robock has published more than 390 articles on his research in the area of climate change, including more than 235 peer-reviewed papers. His areas of expertise include geoengineering, climatic effects of nuclear war, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, and soil moisture. He serves as Editor of Reviews of Geophysics, the most highly-cited journal in the Earth Sciences. Prof. Robock was a Lead Author of the 2013 Working Group 1 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007).

September 20

“James Rose: A Voice Offstage”

Dean Cardasis will present his biography of James Rose (1913-1991) that examines the work of one of the most radical figures in the history of mid-century landscape design. A landscape architect who was as skilled with words as he was with plants and Fiberglas, Rose condemned the environmental destruction of post-war suburbia with incisive critiques and imaginative satire, while creating alternative designs, “Space-sculptures” he called them, that incorporated a conservation ethic into a modern design aesthetic.

DEAN CARDASIS, FASLA, is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, partner of Cave Hill Landscape Architects in Leverett, Massachusetts and director of the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

September 27

Co-designing the City of Tomorrow. A Look into the Socio-Spatial Conditions of Transient Human Settlements

Considering today’s social, political and environmental crises, we can wonder: Will the city of the future look like a refugee camp? How can design — in theory and through a diversity of practices — influence future urban forms and processes? In her talk, Caroline Dionne discusses the urban landscapes of a few selection of camps and other transient, often informal human settlements, with attention to their wider socio-political scopes, and with focus on the spatial conditions and types of human interactions they inhibit or foster. By looking closely at such processes of co-design, the aim is to question and redefine our role — as designers, as makers or thinkers, as artists, as citizens and as refugees — in collectively and collaboratively giving shape to the city of tomorrow.

Caroline Dionne is Assistant Professor in the History and Theory of Design Practice and Curatorial Studies at the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design, The New School. She holds a PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University, Montreal. Her current research examines the relationships between language theories and collective design discourses and practices. She investigates the conditions of collective action (praxis), with focus on the notion of usage understood as a customary practice grounded in specific spatial configurations and as a means of assessing spatial experiences through language. An architectural critic and curator, she co-founded TILT, an independent contemporary art space based in Renens, Switzerland.

October 4

Plant Life, Field Methods and Living Collection

Confronting the reality of environmental degradation requires more than remote sensing, statistical analysis or institutional restructuring. As images of the changing planet become emblematic of our time, designers are responding with a scrutiny towards amplified scales and extreme events. This has given rise to a growing interest in the materials or elements of this transformation, and in the category of evidence that can only be collected through first hand engagement. All research, from the molecular to the continental requires a scale of study and these scales are most often refined in the field. The lecture examines plant evolution, landscape trends, visualization and aims to bridge the discrepancy between geographic data and local fieldwork.

Rosetta Sarah Elkin is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and an Associate at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. Her teaching and research focus on an expanded consideration of plant life. The work derives from a conviction that plants can reestablish a central position in a landscape architectural discourse. As co-director of Master in design Studies in Risk and Resilience, her work exposes the biological complexity of global greening projects, implicit in recovery, retreat and preemptive environmental programs.

October 11

Student Presentations:
Esther Lim in UK; Mark Hoopers in Vancouver; Diana Randjelovic in Serbia

Student works of professor Wolfram Hoefer

October 18

Parks, Politics, and People: Developing a Park System Master Plan for Bergen County, New Jersey

Wolfram Hoefer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He also serves as Co-Director of the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability. He holds a doctoral degree from Technische Universtät München 2000 and is a licensed landscape architect in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. His research and teaching focus is the cultural interpretation of brownfields as potential elements of the public realm. Further he is interested in the role of urban plazas, neighborhood parks, or community gardens as places where people of diverse backgrounds can meet, interact, and possibly learn about each other.

November 1

One Planet – One Future

Anne de Carbuccia is an environmental artist traveling the world and documenting the impact of mankind on the environment through on-site Time Shrines installations, fine art photography, and short films. Her work aims to powerfully depict what we have and what we may lose. In 2015 she founded the non-profit Time Shrine Foundation to raise awareness and protect vulnerable environments and cultures.
Video on her work:

Anne de Carbuccia was born in New York and grew up in Paris. She attended Columbia University in New York City where she studied anthropology and art history, specializing in 17th- and 18th-century art. (for more information see

November 8

“The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Transformation of the American Landscape”

In his book The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment (University of Minnesota Press 2016), Jesse LeCavalier shows how the world’s largest retailer is redefining architecture by organizing flows of merchandise and information across space and time. Jesse analyzes Walmart’s stores, distribution centers, databases, and inventory practices to make sense of its spatial and architectural ramifications. A major new contribution to architectural history and theory the research helps us understand how retailing today is changing our bodies, brains, buildings, cities and landscapes.

Jesse LeCavalier´s research and design work focuses on questions of architecture, form, and politics as they relate to logistics & infrastructure. With sponsorship from the New York State Council for the Arts, he is currently looking at the relationship between infrastructure and public space in the New Jersey Meadowlands. In 2015, LeCavalier was the recipient of the New Faculty Teaching Award from the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). He was the 2010–11 Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, and researcher at the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Laboratory.

November 15

Changes in the standards of research and preservation of historic gardens

In the 18th century the idea of considering court gardens as a monument was new. Early reconstruction and restoration projects are dated 100 years later. In the early 20th century the solution 'preserve, not restore ' established a modern concept and effected as well as environment protection the preservation of historic gardens. Some questions are still relevant to date, such as how to deal with the transience of material. From the 1930s a conjectural dealing with cultural heritage sought to correct supposed defects of historical designs. The destruction of substance was criticized in the sequence and a scientific approach was recognized as a benchmark from the 1970s. Since the 1990s, the preservation of different layers and the question of authentic plant material have regained greater attention.

Hartmut Troll, landscape architect, previously studied Landscape Ecology and Design at Vienna University, and then worked as a freelance landscape architect for a few years. Afterwards he worked at Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences as a staff researcher in open space planning, and received his PhD from the University of Kassel. Currently he is responsible for the preservation of historic gardens at State Castles and Gardens Baden-Württemberg. He has lectured at Kassel University, Karlsruhe University and Heidelberg University, where he is currently an honorary professor at the Department for European Art History. 2017 he was spring fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, Washington D.C. He is member of International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (ICOMOS-IFLA).

November 29

“Urban Partnership: A case study on reconnecting an urban community to nature.”

Amber Betances´ case study on the lack of exposure to nature in underrepresented populations and the ways in which the federal government can influence these relations broadly seeks to understand the history of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the impact it has had on the conservation of American landscapes while distinguishing the political forces that have caused the disassociation of minorities from these landscapes. The case of this research is derived from the historical narrative of an urban community in Philadelphia, Eastwick, revealing layers of environmental racism and injustice. The use of archival research and residential interviews helped in identifying the strengthens and barriers of this community and its relationship to the Urban Wildlife Refuge adjacent to it.

Amber Betances´ passion for environmental justice began during a conference she attended in her junior year for Landscape Architecture. The keynote presentation was done by Robert Bullard. That lecture helped inform her decision on continuing to focus her career on community based design and investigating how all people can have access to green spaces. Her optimism runs deep in the capacity designers have to help cultivate a greater consciousness for more vibrant and healthy communities that provide access to all members of society.

Masters of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers Class of 2017
"A Garden in Flatbush: Impacts and Perceptions of Open Space in Nature and Cities."

December 6

“Resilience as a way of life: What can we learn from the Dutch approach to urban design?”

The Netherlands is one of the most densely developed countries on the planet. It is also built largely on wetlands and an enormous alluvial plain. The Dutch have been actively managing this waterlogged landscape for a millennia, while simultaneously creating some of the world’s most famously livable communities. Since Superstorm Sandy struck the northeastern US coast in 2012, a popular refrain has urged planners, designers and recovery officials to “think like the Dutch” as the region seeks to rebuild and develop more resiliently. But what, exactly, does that mean in practice and what are the opportunities and challenges in adopting a Dutch approach to landscape design and urban planning in the United States?

Dr. Donovan Finn is an urban planner and an Assistant Professor in the Sustainability Studies Program and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. His research focuses on the areas of disaster recovery policy, urban resilience, climate adaptation, community-based planning and placemaking.

Spring 2017

Jan 18 2017

“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.

Apr 20

Apr 26

9/7/2016 Jean Marie Hartman, Associate Professor Rutgers Landscape Architecture Welcome back, Larry Jacobs, opening remarks, studio culture, etc  
9/14/2016 Nadine Schütz, Institute of Landscape Architecture ETH Zurich Cultivating Sound (*3:00 P.M.)
9/21/2016 Student Presentations China and Germany – International Study Course Work  
9/28/2016 Student Presentations 2016 DeBoer Prize Winners  
10/5/2016 Kate John Alder, Rutgers, Department of Landscape Architecture The House We Live In  
10/12/2016 John Martin, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston Transforming Seminary Place  
10/19/2016 Claire Jantz Land Use Dynamics in the Delaware River Basin  
10/26/2016 Dan Van Abs, Human Ecology Department, Rutgers TBA  
11/2/2016 Bianca Maria Rinaldi, Politecnico di Torino Gardens in Asia: Garden types for Contemporary Landscape Architecture  
11/2/2016 Paul Gobster, US Forest Service- Chicago Office TBA

Hosted by: The Steve Strom Endowment, The Center for Resilient Landscapes, and The Environmental Planning and Design Student Club
(*Marine Sciences Building, Alampi Auditorium)
Ken Klipstein, Director Watershed Protection Programs, NJ Water Supply Authority
From Municipalities to Watersheds and Back
(* 11a.m. in Room 202 Cook Campus Center)
11/16/2016 Anthony Acciavatti, Somatic Collaborative, NYC Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River  
11/30/2016 Rick Lathrop, CRSSA, Rutgers University The Sustainable Raritan River Initiative  
12/7/2016 Anette Freytag, Rutgers, Department of Landscape Architecture Dieter Kienast – Science and Memory in Landscape Architecture  

1/20/2016 Wolfram Hoefer, Associate Professor Rutgers Landscape Architecture Industry, Nature, and Landscape – a Tension-Laden Triangle  
1/27/2016 Dr. Marjorie Kaplan, Associate Director, Rutgers Climate Institute at Rutgers University A Tour of Climate Change Adaptation for NJ  
2/3/2016 Nette Compton, Senior Director of Park Central & City Park Development at The Trust for Public Land Common Ground: Parks as a driver for public process & community empowerment  
2/10/2016 ASLA Executive Committee    
2/17/2016 Nate Heavers, Assistant Professor Virginia Tech For the Love of Trees: Planting Systems to Inspire Environmental Stewardship at the Casey Tree Farm  
2/24/2016 Thomas Navin/Susan Bristol Planting Architecture  
3/2/2016 Pippa Brashear, Director of Planning & Resilience at SCAPE Landscape Architecture Resilient Design / Designing Resilience  
3/9/2016 TBA    
3/16/2016 Spring Break  
Michael Derrig
Landscape Details
RULA Distinguished Alumnus 2015
3/30/2016 Sara Karle, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska 200 Million Tress: The Evolution of the Prairie States Forestry Project  
4/6/2016 Christian Lippman “Sommerfrische”  
4/13/2016 TBA    
4/14/2016 Don Mitchell/Syracuse CEKADA MEMORIAL LECTURE *Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall, 6:00-7:30 P.M.*,_Don/
4/20/2016 Meg Hiesinger From Designing Gardens to Designing a Movement: How The Ecology Center is Transforming Landscapes by Building Community
4/27/2016 Forest Service Re-envisioning post-industrial public landscapes: Freshkills and Liberty State Park Panel Discussion

9/2/2015 Welcome Back/ Semester Start up/Studio Previews RULA Fall 2015  
9/9/2015 GH Cook Thesis and DeBoer (Undergrads) Tulsa Earthship; Japanese gardens; road trip; Minneapolis Parks  
9/16/2015 David de la Peña, Asst. Prof, UC Davis “Illicit Melons: Seeing & Valuing Informality in Urban Agriculture.”
9/23/2015 DeBoer Prize (Grads) West Coast, Italy  
9/30/2015 Frank Wong, ED Planning and Facilities "The Rutgers Campus Master Plan: Landscape as Connector"
10/7/2015 Ben Granovsky, Michele Hartmann, Roxanna Demel "Young Professionals: Working Studios" RBA, Water Resources, Robin Keys Landscape Architect
10/14/2015 Atif  Akin, Asst. Professor, Mason Gross "Mutant Spaces: Demystifying technology"
10/21/2015 Lisa Jordan, PhD, Asst. Prof.  Drew University "GIS and Environmental Justice"  
10/22/2015 Alex Washburn, Founder CRUx, Stevens "Resilience: the CRUx of the Matter" - Steve Strom Memorial Lecture
*Alampi Theatre MCS 6:00-8:00 P.M.
10/28/2015 Jan Johnsen, Landscape Architect Serenity by Design - Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight
11/4/2015 Summer Study Abroad  Barcelona Barcelona
11/11/2015 Michael Saltarella, Senior Designer "Spaces for the Liveable City"
11/18/2015 CL Bonhannon, Asst. Prof. Vtech "Vacancy and Food Insecurity: Exploring Linkages in Urban Appalachia"  
11/25/2015 Thanksgiving Recess    
12/2/2015 Jeff Charlesworth, Landscape Architect "Color, Composition and Design"  
12/7/2015 Chancellor Nancy Cantor Universities as Anchor Institutions Chancellor Cantor will discuss publicly engaged scholarship,and more generally the role of universities as “anchor institutions” in their communities.
* IFNH building @ 4pm with pizza to follow
12/9/2015 Viktor Koen, Assoc. Professor, SVA "Bizarre Myths & Chimerical Fancies"



Ismael Ranzola

World of Disney


Chancellor Nancy Cantor

Universities as Anchor Institutions: Understanding our “Place”

5:30 p.m. Cook Campus Center - Multipurpose Room


Anatole Tchikine

Agents of Urbanization: Fountains and Town Planning in Modern Italy

2/11, 2/18, 2/25

Faculty Candidate Presentations

An Emerging Technology Platform for Landscape Architecture


Denise Hoffman Brandt

City Sink


Byong Suk

Rethinking School Environments: Research, Policy and Design Implementation


Peterson Rich Office



Sheila Condon

Recent Work: Clark Condon Associates


Bryan Hanes

The Informal Urbanist


Tom Benjamin

Small is Beautiful: The Design Work of a Sole Practitioner


M. Christine Boyer

Approaching the City in the 21st Century (CEKADA Memorial Lecture)

6:00 p.m. Alampi Lecture Hall, Marine and Coastal Institute

Fall 2014

September 3, 2014

Shenglin Chang

Blue Magpie Tea Experiment in Taiwan: Social innovations for tea cultural landscape

September 10, 2014

Steward Pickett

Evolving Theoretical Frameworks for Urban Ecological Science: Concepts for the Global and Regional Metacity

September 17, 2014

Roy DeBoer Travel Prize Winners

Student Presentations

September 24, 2014

Jim Querry

An Emerging Technology Platform for Landscape Architecture

October 1, 2014

Mark Zarrillo (Outstanding Alum)

Praeteritum, Praesens, Futurum: "Correct the past, Direct the present, Discern the future"

October 8, 2014

Moira McClintock

Design Within:Interventions in Constrained Environments

October 15, 2014

David Smith and Megan Lotts (Library)

Mapping New Jersey's State Parks and Forests and Lego Mania

October 22, 2014

Susan Weiler

Structuring Confluence (STEVE STROM Memorial Lecture)

Cook Campus Center - MPR C

October 29, 2014

Holly Nelson

Design as Collaboration

November 5, 2014

Susanne Moebus

Health in the complex fabric of urban systems - The German post-industrial Metropolitan Ruhrgebeit

November 12, 2014

Jennifer Leung

Botanical Urbanism

November 19, 2014

Iben Falconer

Hedonistic Sustainability

December 3, 2014

Robert Lyons

Developing and maintaining an environment of priority, relevance, unity, and indispensability for university gardens

December 10, 2014

Richard Bartolone

Design + 25


Spring 2014

January 29, 2014

Carl Alderson

The Landscape Architect on Edge. Lessons, Some Learned, from the (Water) Front.

February 5, 2014

POSTPONED TO April 2, 2014

February 12, 2014

Anita Bakshi

Is Green Always Good? Landscapes of Division and Silence

February 19, 2014

Carolin Mees

The Potential of Urban Agriculture

February 26, 2014

Paul Imbarrato

Let It Grow

March 5, 2014

Wendy Andringa and Tobiah Horton

Building the Resilient Edge: Rutgers Design/Build 2014

March 12, 2014

Elizabeth Demaray

IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving

March 26, 2014

Daniel Winterbottom

Restorative Gardens

April 2, 2014

Martin Barry

In_Site: Navigating the edge of landscape

April 9, 2014

David Seiter

Spontaneous Urban Plants

April 10, 2014

Barbara Wilks

Structuring Confluence (CEKADA Memorial Lecture)

RUICC - Conference Room - A @ 6:30 p.m.

April 16, 2014

Sungkyung Lee, Ph.D.

Immaterial Landscape

April 23, 2014

Martin Janotta

Landscape Planning: Guidance Tools for Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation in Germany

April 30, 2014

G.H. Cook Scholars

Sustainable Cook Campus Plan - Student Research Projects


Fall 2013


Dean Cardasis

Space, Spirit, Sustainability: James Rose and the Modern American Garden


Wolfram Hoefer/SA Students

Study Abroad-Germany


Hans Hesselein

Vision and Transformation of the Gowanus Canal


Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

Dredge anad Drift: Resilient Ecologies for an Urban Estuary


Holly Nelson & DBTP

DeBoer Travel Prize Winners - Presentations


Ilonka Angalet

Landscape Architecture and Preventing Wildlife Hazards to Aviation- Rethinking airport land-cover paradigms


David Reed

A life in the Temple of the Human Spirit


Melissa Murphy

Reading Conflicts and Congruencies: The Socio-Materiality of Place


Strom Lecture-Margie Ruddick

Wild by Design

Cook Campus Center - MPR C @ 6 p.m.


Rebecca McMackin

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Urban Ecology in a Public Park


Erika Svendsen

STEW-Maps: Mapping Community in Jamaica Bay


Elen Deming

Garden City: Britain and the Body at Work



Spring 2013

Semester Introduction
WXY Architects
The Social Life of Structures
Julie Langsam
Classicism, Romanticism & Modernity: A Painter's Perspective
Michael Manfredi
Inhabiting Topography Alampi Hall 6:30
Susannah Drake
Resilient Urban Environments
Steward Pickett
From the Sanitary to the Sustainable City
Cosponsored with DEENR
David Tulloch
Community Mapping: Spatial Thinking & Geospatial Innovation
Alistair McIntosh
Observation & Landscape Architecture
Martin Cox
Thaisa Way
Post Industrial Landscapes: Richard Haag & Gas Works Park
Kate Orff
Cekada Memorial Lecture Trayes Hall 6:30
Janike Kampevold Larsen
Beyond Nation: Challenges for Northern & Arctic Landscapes
Laura Starr
Wild for the City: Creating & Sustaining Urban Nature
* Sponsored by Pamela Holzapfel and Levien & Company, Inc.


Spring 2012

1/18       Sunil Bald, Studio SUMO/ Brazil
1/25       Jean Marie Hartman, Rutgers University
Land Water Interactions and Collaborations
2/8         Ron Henderson, Director Penn State Landscape Architecture
Routine Maintenance
2/15       Joyce Hsiang and Bimal Mendies, Plan B Architecture
Territorial Practices
2/22       Alan Brake, Architect's Newspaper
The Death and Life of Great American Landscapes: Criticism
2/29       Dawn Wright, Ocean GeoDesign Initiative
3/7         Britt Eversole, Princeton University
Militant Mapping
3/23       Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
*Rethinking Modernism for the 21st Century, Douglass Lounge

4/11       Julie Bargman
D.I.R.T. Studio - The Margaret O. Cekada Lecture -
Alampi Room, IMCS, @ 6PM, April 11

4/18       Mathews Nielson
Landscape Representation in Today’s Studio Environment -                        Case Studies from Concepts through Construction


Fall 2011

9/14 Kate John-Alder Rutgers University
The Reality in Process / The Permanence in Change

9/21 Andrew Fox Asst Professor North Carolina State University
Construction as Catalyst: Building Value through Hands-on Participation Industry Lecture

9/28 Geomatics Lecture Dr. Wansoo Im - founder of VERTICES, LLC - Vertices Public Participatory GIS: Promoting Community Engagement

10/5 Jens Eschrich City of Frankfurt/Oder Historic Preservation Office
Frankfurt Oder—Reconstruction of a City

10/12 Michelle de Roo Landscape and Urban Designer Niek Roozen bv landscape architects, The Netherlands
The Green City Guidelines: techniques for a healthy livable city. Planning Lecture

-- Steve Strom Memorial Lecture --
10/19 Marcia McNally and Randy HesterUniversity of California, Berkeley
Nature Making from the Grassroots to the Flyway
*6:30 at Douglass Campus Center

10/24 Julius Fabos University of Massachusetts
Son of a Kulák: How a Hungarian Farm Boy Survived World War II and Escaped Stalinist Oppression for a New Life in America
6:30 at Cook Campus Center

10/26 Stephen Sears University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana Points of Departure

11/2 Tim Marshall Landscape Architect Highland Park
Recent Works

11/9 Students; Rutgers University and Chatham University
Impressions from the LA Summer Program Germany

11/16 Abby Harmon University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana
""We're only borrowing time [on this earth] anyway...": reconceptualizing "home" through the lens of tent cities".

11/30 Jason Husveth Principal Ecologist, President Critical Connections Ecological Services, Inc.
Landscape Architecture and Ecological Restoration: Designing for the Other 99.9%.

12/7 Jamie Maslyn Larson WEST 8
West 8's American Work


Spring 2011

Kristina Hill Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture, UVA
Urban Water
Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Cook Campus Center - Multi-Purpose Rm. B, 59 Biel Rd.

Jan. 26 - Paul Keyes, Paul Keyes Associates, Estates at Alpine, Alpine NJ

Feb. 2 - Zena Zahalan Erin Greenwood Jenna Gatto Alexandra Bolinder-Gibsand, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Roy de Boer Travel Prize Presentation, Paris/Pacific Coast Highway/ Grand Canyon/Sweden

Feb. 9 - Jennifer Greenfeld, New York City Parks Department, Trees in the City

Feb. 16 - Jeff Friedman, Rutgers Dance Department, Citing Site: Landscape and Ritual

Feb. 23 - Ray Mims, US Botanical Garden, Applying the SITES rating System: Lessons from Pilot Projects

March 2 - Tim Baird, Pennsylvania State University, Teaching Design Technology in the 21st Century

March 9 - Meg Calkins, Department of Landscape Architecture, Ball State University, Sustainable Site Design

March 16 - Spring Break , No Lecture

March 23 - Constance Petrow, School of Architecture at TU Darmstadt, Germany, Urban landscapes in postindustrial cities - Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt

March 30 - Amy Hillier, UPenn Design Department of City & Regional Planning, Geomatics Lecture

April 6 - Rob Pirani, Vice President of the Regional Plan Association for Environmental Programs and Executive Director of the Governors Island Alliance, Landscape Conservation in the Northeast Megaregion

April13 - Jim Welsh, Partner, Thomas Balsley Associates Current Work


Fall 2010

Sept. 15 - Anne Newman, Studio Culture

Sept. 29 - Gale Fulton, The Political Landscape

Oct. 6 - Laura Lawson, Community Gardens: Fad or Trend?

Oct. 13 - Dagmar Grimm-Pretner, Landscapes of Vienna - Qualities in Public Open Space
The presentation discusses various aspects of quality in open space. It gives an overview of c ontemporary landscape architectural work in Vienna and it presents results of research work dealing with open space design and the concept of critical sustainability.

Oct. 18 (Monday) - Christian Werthmann, Green Infrastructure in Slums

Darrel Morrison, "Current Work in NYC and Beyond"
* 7:00 PM, Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center

Oct. 27 - Jerome Barth, Management of a City Park

Nov. 3 - Erle C. Ellis, "Anthrogenetic Biomes of the World"
Sponsored by: Office of the Cook Campus Dean
*4:00 PM, Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center

Dr. Erle Ellis is Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he teaches Environmental Science, Landscape Ecology and Biogeochemistry. His research focuses on ecological processes in anthropogenic landscapes at local, regional and global scales, and their transformation by population growth and industrially-based technologies.

Nov. 10 - Wolfram Hoefer, Transdisciplinary Design in a Post-industrial Situation
View Wofram's Professional Website

Nov. 17 - Seiko Goto, Designing Gardens to Heal the Mind

Dec. 1 - CANCELED Ray Mims, Applying the SITES rating System: Lessons from Pilot Projects

Dec. 8 - Gary T. Sorge, FASLA; New Park at Old Yankee Stadium

Monday April 26, 2010, 7pm - reception following
Susan S. Szenasy
Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis magazine
Cook Campus Center


Susan S. Szenasy is Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS, the award-winning New York City-based magazine of architecture and design. Since 1986 she has lead the magazine through decades of landmark design journalism, achieving domestic and international recognition. She is internationally recognized as an authority on sustainability and design.

Susan sits on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, Fashion Institute of Technology’s Interior Design department, the Center for Architecture Advisory Board, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation. She has been honored with two IIDA Presidential Commendations, is an honorary member of the ASLA, and the 2008 recipient of the ASID Patron’s Prize and Presidential Commendation as well as the SARA/NY medallion of honor. She has received a citation and an honorary membership from NYC AIA. Along with METROPOLIS Publisher Horace Havemeyer III, Susan was a 2007 recipient of the Civitas August Heckscher Award for Community Service and Excellence. Susan holds an MA in Modern European History from Rutgers University, and honorary doctorates from Kendall College of Art and Design, the Art Center College of Design, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She lives in New York’s East Village in a small loft designed by Harry Allen, where she moved after 9/11 to reduce her ecological footprint. 1/07/10

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:30 PM
Location:Cook Campus Center
Cekada Memorial Lecture
Shane Coen, Coen+Partners

During the past fifteen years, Coen + Partners has been acclaimed with over twenty design awards and recognized by AIA, ASLA, the Committee on Urban Environment and influential publications such as The New York Times, Metropolis, and Dwell.  Coen + Partners received a Progressive Architecture citation in 2003 for Mayo Plan #1. This citation, given for the radical interpretation of a standard subdivision plat, is only the second time a landscape architecture studio has won the prestigious P/A award in its fifty-plus year history.  Principal Shane Coen also received the Special Award for Collaborative Work in 2006 from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Chapter. Most recently, Coen + Parters was awarded two National ASLA honors for their urban and residential work.  Also in 2009 Shane was awarded the Emerging Voice Award, an international award awarded annually by the Architectural League of New York.

Wed. Jan 20, 2010, 3:55 PM
Kathryn Kohler
DeBoer Prize; Norwegian Sea Walls

Wed. Jan 27, 2010, 3:55 PM
Neil Hendrickson
Bartlett Tree Experts, Northeast Technical Representative

An arborist's view of sustainable landscapes: The Sustainable Sites

An arborist's view of sustainable landscapes: The Sustainable Sites
Initiative is emphasizing many of the practices arborists have developed and promoted for over 25 years, including soil and plant analysis, comprehensive soil management, plant health care and integrated pest management, invasive species management, and a variety of "green" programs. We will discuss how Landscape Architects can, and should, work together to make landscapes sustainable.

Neil Hendrickson got his BS from Cook College.  He has a Masters in Forest Science from UNH and a PhD in Forest Ecology and Silviculture from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He taught in the graduate program in resource management at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.  He has been a practicing arborist for the last twenty years.  As Northeast Technical Representative for R.A. Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC, he conducts research and provides technical support for Bartlett both in the U.S. and globally, often lecturing for the green industry.  He is a Certified Arborist, a NJ certified Tree Expert, and a member of the Society of American Foresters.

Wed. Feb 03, 2010, 3:55 PM
Jason Travers, Artist
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Jason Travers will be showing images of his recent, often landscape-based work and discussing the development of his ideas and working methods.

Jason Travers: BFA, Painting, The Art Institute of Boston; MFA, Painting, American University. Travers teaches at Rhode Island College and Bridgewater State College and is represented by Lenore Gray Gallery in Providence. His work has recently been exhibited at the Lascano Gallery in Great Barrington, MA and the Wheeler Gallery in Providence. He had recent one-man exhibitions at Kimbal Jenkins Gallery in Concord, NH and Lenore Gray Gallery. In 2006, Travers was the recipient of a painting fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.  Travers lives in Providence, Rhode Island. (

“By using subtle, vibrating color, the paintings presented in this exhibition are evocative of the natural processes of air or water. These canvases are constructed diptychs, which suggest the mythical dialog of dualities. By using either multi-panel paintings or missing pieces, the paintings exert a physical presence. These sculptural paintings appear simple, but require time to let the subtleties open to the senses. They do not hang passively on the wall, but play with the viewer’s spatial awareness. These paintings are quiet, meditative, often humorous, and poetic.” (Jill Coldren Gallery, Concord, NH, 2007)

Wed. Feb 10, 2010, 3:55 PM
Kathe Newman, PhD, Assistant Professor Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
"Foreclosed Opportunity? Rethinking Neighborhood Change in the Wake of the Foreclosure Crisis"
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Foreclosure is devastating neighborhoods and communities across the country.  In this talk I explore what the foreclosure crisis means in New Jersey.  I show what we know about the concentration of foreclosed properties and what foreclosure means for renters, borrowers, and communities.  I then consider the possibilities that the foreclosure crisis presents for reconceptualizing neighborhood revitalization.

Wed. Feb 17, 2010, 3:55 PM
Jim Titus, Climate Change Division, U.S. EPA
Can we prepare for a rising sea?
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Bio: Jim Titus has been studying the effects of rising sea level and urging people to prepare for the consequences since 1982. He has a BA in economics from University of Maryland and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He also helped elevate the family cottage on the bay side of Brant Beach by two feet. His most recent publication creates sea level rise planning maps, and estimates that more than 60 percent of Atlantic coast lowlands are likely to be developed and protected from the rising sea under current policies.

Wed. Feb 24, 2010, 3:55 PM
Elijah Huge, Architect; Assistant Professor of Art, Wesleyan
Contrived Environments
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Eschewing traditional disciplinary boundaries between architecture and landscape design, Periphery and North Studio pursue projects which strive to address the built environment as a collection of interconnected organic, synthetic, and regulatory conditions. These contrived environments are designed to reveal or redirect landscape patterns and processes within specific sites or constructed situations. In what is perhaps a curious inversion, Periphery is a professional design entity working primarily on speculative projects, while North Studio is an academic initiative that is committed to seeing work built. Initiated in 2006, North Studio works out of Wesleyan University’s historic Center for the Arts (CFA), designed by the office of Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo. A nationally-recognized, landscape-focused atelier, North Studio operates as a contemporary variation on the traditional Beaux-Arts model of architectural practice and education, undertaking projects with non-profit and public clients. Focusing on relationships between architecture and landscape, each project is expected to balance three objectives: the production of relevant design research, real-world testing of ideas incubated in the studio, and the implementation of community-based, sustainable built work.

Elijah Huge is an architect and director of the design firm Periphery. Exploring the interactions between landscape, regulatory conditions, and architecture, his work includes award-winning competition entries for the High Line (New York, NY), the Bourne Bridge|Park (Bourne, MA), and the Tangshan Earthquake Memorial (Tangshan, China). His writings and design work have been featured in Praxis, Thresholds, Perspecta, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture, Dwell, Journal of Architectural Education, and Competitions.

A graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, Elijah Huge received the AIA Henry Adams Medal and was editor of Perspecta 35: Building Codes. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan University. At Wesleyan, he leads the architecture studio track in the Department of Art & Art History and the North Studio atelier. Focused on developing and producing research and conceptually driven projects with nonprofit and public clients, North Studio is both a locus for undergraduate design education within the context of Wesleyan University’s liberal arts curriculum and collaborative committed to seeing work built.


Spring 2010

Monday March 1, 2010, 3:55 PM
Baldev Lamba, Associate Prof. of Landscape Architecture, Temple University
Orchestrating Diverse Voices: Growing the Discipline of Landscape Architecture
Blake Hall 152

Wed. March 3, 2010, 3:55 PM
Laura Lawson, Ph.D; Associate Prof. of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Landscape Architecture Called to Task: Theory, research, and Engagement as Contributors to Healthy Communities and Environments

(No lecture the week of March 8)

Wed. March 24, 2010, 3:55 PM
Lolly Tai, Ph.D; Professor of Landscape Architecture, Temple University; Principal, Lolly Tai, Landscape Architect
Leadership in Landscape Architecture
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Wed. March 31, 2010, 3:55 PM
Kathleen John-Alder, Landscape Architect
Site Specific.
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Wed. April 7, 2010, 3:55 PM
Scott Carman; Landscape Architect, Principal c2/ studio; Lecturer, RISD
Digital Praxis Evolution in the Landscape Studio
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Historically tentative to incorporate new technology into practice, many landscape architecture firms still struggle with defining the role of computer technology and digital media in their work.  Frequently, it has come only as a reactionary and necessary response to the changing demands of interdisciplinary collaborations.  The resulting pervasive compartmentalization of specific functions as ‘digital’ impedes the greater integrative potential that the technology offers.  Citing examples from his experiences in academia and private practice, Scott Carman traces shifting patterns of engagement with technology and discusses the fertile transformational possibilities that are now emerging.

Wed. April 14, 2010, 3:55 PM
Brian Clemson, Landscape Architect
Nat Turner Park Development: Brownfield to beneficial use - opportunities for environmental and community enhancement.
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Wed. April 21, 2010, 3:55 PM
Nathan Heavers
Taking Hold: How Plants Persist in Cultural and Ecological Landscapes
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110


Fall 2009

Wed. Sept 30, 2009, 3:55 PM
Eric Sanderson
Mannahatta: A Natural History of  New York City
Alampi Room, Institute of  Marine & Coastal Studies, Cook Campus

Wed. Oct 7, 2009, 3:55 PM
Environmental Geomatics Lecture
Ellen Creveling, Conservation Science Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy, New Jersey Chapter Conservation
Planning at Scale: the Nature Conservancy's statewide approach for New Jersey
Abstract: Conservation planning provides an essential tool for prioritizing conservation actions. A critical step in the Nature Conservancy's "Conservation by Design" framework, conservation planning needs to be tailored to a scale appropriate for specific conservation goals. The Conservancy's New Jersey Chapter has applied concepts from ecoregional planning in order to identify priority conservation areas for the state of New Jersey. Informed by principles of landscape ecology and conservation biology, our methods applied these concepts using statewide data and a GIS to identify the areas in New Jersey that are most critical to conserving the natural habitats and biodiversity of our state. The next step in our planning process is to update our plan, focusing on the integration of freshwater and terrestrial priorities in order to facilitate effective conservation across New Jersey's landscapes.
Bio: As Conservation Science Coordinator for TNC's New Jersey Chapter, Ellen Creveling is lead on a multi-state Delaware River Basin Freshwater Assessment. Since assuming her current position, she has played an essential role in the New Jersey Chapter's conservation planning efforts at statewide and regional scales. Ellen has a Master of Science in Environmental Conservation from the University of Greenwich (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Wed. Oct 14, 2009, 3:55 PM
Estuary and other landscape-inspired sculptures
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Nancy Cohen will be showing images of her recent landscape-based work and discussing the development of her ideas and working methods. Cohen is a mixed-media artist who works in sculpture, installation and drawing. Recent large-scale projects have included a site-specific installation based on the Hudson River for the Katonah Museum of Art and a collaboration with marine biologists and environmentalists based on the Mullica River for the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ. In 2006, Cohen collaborated with Princeton University scientists and a garden designer on an outdoor sculpture for Quark Park in Princeton, NJ.
From a review by Dominique Nahas in Sculpture Magazine, September, 2008: Throughout her career, Nancy Cohen has experimented with materials and forms that underscore the relational possibilities between the appearance of transparency and its opposite, opaqueness. Her naturalist tendencies are abetted by an ethnographer's curiosity and a keen appreciation of cultural parallels and anomalies. All of her various works explore sensations provoked by liminality, that is, threshold states of mind conditioned by factors conducive to transition and transformation.
Cohen has been awarded a Pollack Krasner grant and several sculpture grants from the NJ State Council on the Arts. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the NJ State Museum, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Montclair Art Museum, &Yale University Art Museum among others. Recent exhibitions have included “Handwork” at Spanierman Modern Gallery in NYC and “Global Warning: Artists and Climate Change” at Wesleyan University.

Wed. Oct 21, 2009, 6:30 PM
5th Annual Steve Strom Memorial Lecture
LAURIE OLIN, Landscape Architect
It's Still Firmness, Commodity and Delight
Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center

Lecture Synopsis

.       Technique/construction, physical, phenomenal
.       Program, utility, service, sociology, affordance, meaning
.       Spirit, delight, pleasure, stimulating, inspiring, life affirming


The landscape architecture firm OLIN, recipient of the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, is internationally recognized for design excellence in landscape architecture, urban design and planning.

Location: Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center
***Time: 6:30PM***

Wed. Oct 28, 2009, 3:55 PM
NATALIE SHIVERS, Associate University Architect for Planning, Princeton University
Princeton University Campus Plan

The talk will focus on the Princeton Campus Plan, completed in 2008, one of the most comprehensive plans ever developed by Princeton University. The University’s major planning challenge is to accommodate growth on the diminishing available land on campus in an integrated and holistic way that respects and reinforces Princeton’s defining characteristics as a university and a community. Created by architects and planners Beyer Blinder Belle with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and other consultants, the plan views the campus as a web of interconnected systems and makes recommendations regarding policy, architecture, infrastructure, landscape, and the environment. The talk will also look at the plan one year later and evaluate how it has survived challenges of fiscal constraints, design changes, community concerns, and institutional practices.
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Wed. Nov 4, 2009, 3:55 PM
Extending the Idea of Buffalo Commons
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110
For a generation Deborah and Frank Popper have explored the idea of the Buffalo Commons as a sustainable future for the rural Great Plains, and their concept is succeeding on the ground. Now they expand the approach to other regions and to cities. The Poppers are now at work on a series of articles and a book extending the Buffalo Commons concept and related approaches to other depopulating rural regions (for instance, Appalachia, the Lower Mississippi Delta and northern New England), large and mid-sized shrinking cities (Detroit, St. Louis, Birmingham [Alabama] and Camden [New Jersey]) and comparable places abroad (central Spain, eastern France and the former East Germany).

Frank’s article, "The Great Plains: From Dust to Dust" (Planning, December 1987), written with his wife, Deborah Popper, a geographer at the City University of New York, put forward the controversial Buffalo Commons idea that touched off a national debate on the future of the depopulating rural parts of the Great Plains region.  The Poppers' Plains work was the subject of Anne Matthews' book Where the Buffalo Roam (1992), one of four finalists for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, and appeared in a second edition in 2002.  The Poppers’ work inspired Richard Wheeler’s The Buffalo Commons (1998), a novel where the concept wins out in the end.  They and their work appeared in documentary films such as Dreams Turn to Dust (1994), The Fate of the Plains (1995), The Buffalo Commons: The Return of the Buffalo (2008) and several forthcoming ones.

Wed. Nov 11, 2009, 3:55 PM
KATE JOHN ALDER, Landscape Architect
The Garden and the Greenhouse: The Landscapes of Kevin Roche
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110
ABSTRACT: Landscape, defined as the portion of the land that the eye can comprehend in a glance, is an integral component of Kevin Roche’s architecture. Throughout his career, but particularly in projects completed between 1960 and 1975, Roche systematically combined site-specific observations with conceptual investigations of program, sequence, scale, and material to create buildings that are simultaneously landscape and architecture. Roche integrated these studies with an interest in the way built form shapes social behavior. In other words, he manipulated the interaction of landscape and architecture to provide what is generally considered to be a good view in order to promote civilized and socially inclusive activity. In such a synthesis, the walls framing the landscape function as a structural and a narrative device - a monumental picture frame that imaginatively links the interior with the exterior and constructed space with nature. The result is an oeuvre of built work in which an Arcadian ideal grounds a series of architectural explorations within a localized and particularized reality. And like the reflective surfaces that adorn many of his buildings, what one perceives in glancing moments is a living kaleidoscopic vision - a kinesthetic experience that mirrors the complexity of the physical and cultural landscape. This lecture will explore the imaginative ways Roche manipulates the walls of his buildings to frame this synthesis.

Kathleen John-Alder is a licensed landscape architect whose practice is based in the state of New Jersey. During the course of her successful career, she received numerous design and planning awards, and reached the level of Associate Partner at Olin Partnership. In that position, she designed and directed the competition submission for Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California and prepared a stream corridor restoration plan, in conjunction with the Army Corp of Engineers, for the Mill River in Stamford, Connecticut. In 2006 she left Olin Partnership and returned to school and academia. In 2008, she received a Masters of Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture. Since completing her degree at Yale, she has continued to study, write, and teach. She also established a theoretical practice that focuses on the integration of landscape architecture and architecture through projects that address the physical and social ecology of the urban environment. Currently, Kathleen is a Landscape Architecture Critic and Lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture and Rutgers University.

Wed. Nov 18, 2009, 3:55 PM
Beatrix Farrand and Landscape Gardening at Princeton University
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Wed. Dec 2, 2009, 3:55 PM
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110
Michael Bell is an architect practicing in New York and a Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) where he is director of the Master of Architecture Program Core Design Studios. Bell is also coordinator of the school’s housing design studios and chairs the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials; a GSAPP collaboration with The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Bell’s architectural design work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Venice Biennale, the Yale School of Architecture, the University Art Museum, Berkeley, and at Archilab, France. Bell has received four Progressive Architecture Awards, and his work is also included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His recently completed Binocular House is featured in Kenneth Frampton’s American Masterworks: Houses of the 20th and 21st Century (2008). Books by Bell include Solid States: Concrete in Transition (2009); Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass (2008); 16 Houses: Designing the Public’s Private House (2004); Michael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City (2004) and Slow Space (1998).

Wed. Sept 16, 2009, 3:55 PM
The Modernist Movement
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

April 8, 2009
Henry Arnold Arnold Associates
A Modern Role for the Landscape Architect
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Spring 2009

April 15, 2009
Stuart Appel Wells Appel
Greetings from Dubai: Design, Environment, and Impressions of a New Middle East
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

April 22, 2009
Steve Martino Steve Martino & Associates
Recent Works
6:00PM, The Heldrick Hotel, Neilson Room (Located in downtown New Brunswick)

"For the past 30 years, the landscape architectural firm of Steve Martino & Associates has been committed to the development and advancement of landscape architecture in the Southwest. With a demonstrated knowledge of materials and design skills, SM & A strives to integrate the needs of people and nature in clear and understandable terms.

Landscape Architect Steve Martino, FASLA, has earned a national reputation for consistent design excellence. Steve’s pioneering work with native plant material and the development of a desert-derived design aesthetic is widely recognized. A recurring theme of his work has been the dramatic juxtaposition of man-made elements with ecological processes. Celebrating the special characteristics of the desert has always been a passion."

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Feb. 11, 2009
John Hasse Rowan University, Dept. of Geography and Anthropology
Environmental Geomatics Lecture
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
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Feb 18, 2009
Julia Nevarez Kean University, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology
On Global Grounds: Urban Change and Globalization
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
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Feb 25, 2009
Richard Hurley Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science
Landscape Industry Lecture
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
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March 4, 2009
Richard Garber NJIT, Dept. of Architecture & GRO Architects NYC
Simulate, then Make
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
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March 11, 2009
Annette Voigt Technische Universität München Dept. of Landscape Ecology
Nature Conversation in Germany – Problems and Perspectives
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

March 25, 2009
Robert Melvin GROUPmelvinDESGIN
Environmental Planning Lecture
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
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April 1, 2009
Johannes Böttger Universität Hannover, Dept. of Landscape Architecture
Hush Out Loud! Communicative Features of Urban Landscape Architecture
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
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Design Week 2009
Design Week starts Tuesday, Jan 20, and it should prove to be a wild ride!

Jan 21, 2009
Mason White, University of Toronto, Lateral Architecture, InfraNet Lab
"Networked Ecologies: Infra-Architecture"
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Mason White has a B.Arch from Virginia Tech and an M.Arch from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Mason’s work and research privileges architecture as a mutable territory that is formed out of and responsive to its environment and history. His work, research and teaching invites readings of Architecture as a byproduct of complex networks within ecology and culture. Design is conceived more as a system for open patterns of use and active engagement rather than merely arranged objects. Recent research pursues questions of the role of infrastructure and networks within contemporary spatial practice. His design research exists at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. It is often situated within sites where the systems and codes that determine these environments must be uncovered and rethought.

Mason founded Lateral Office <>  in 2002 in partnership with Lola Sheppard. He is also Director of InfraNet Lab <> , an exploratory initiative launched in 2008. InfraNet Lab is a non-profit research collective probing the spatial byproducts of contemporary resource logistics.

Mason received the Alumni Travel Fellowship from Virginia Tech in 2001, and was the Lefevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at Ohio State University in 2003-04. In 2005, Lateral Office was selected for the Young Architects Forum by the Architectural League of New York.

Mason’s work has been published in Young Architects: Situating (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006), Canadian Architect, Landscape Architecture, C3 and l’Arca. His writing has been published in Alphabet City: Fuel (MIT Press, 2008), Ourtopias (Riverside Press, 2008), MARK, Detail, A+U, and 306090.  Mason has taught at Cornell University, The Ohio State University, and is currently the Director of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design.

Jan 28, 2009
Thomas Woltz, ASLA
"Designing the Frame; landscape architecture as a tool in ecological conservation, education and sustainable agriculture."
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Mr. Woltz is a landscape architect who holds Masters degrees in Architecture and in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. He studied Architecture and Fine Art as an undergraduate and later studied architecture in Italy and French Literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 2003 he became a partner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in Charlottesville, VA, following seven years working with partner Warren Byrd and five years working in Venice, Italy. In addition to his practice, Mr. Woltz maintains a part-time faculty position at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He currently teaches Sites and Systems, a graduate course which explores ecological system analysis as a generator of design strategies in architecture and landscape architecture. Through teaching and constructed form, he seeks to emphasize the rich dialogue between the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and ecological process. Woltz is currently designing a number of projects, (some dealing with large scale environmental conservation efforts) in Central Virginia, Jamaica, the New York region, and in New Zealand. Nelson Byrd Woltz opened a branch office in Manhattan in 2004 and since then he has divided his time between the two offices. Woltz is a board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.