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Wed Jan 20, 2021 - WELCOME

Richard Alomar and Vincent Javet

Wed Jan 27, 2021 - NINA-MARIE LISTER
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Prof. Nina-Marie Lister is Graduate Director of the School of Urban Planning at Ryerson University where she founded and directs the Ecological Design Lab. Her work as a planner and landscape ecologist connects people to nature in our cities. Her research is funded by the federal government and is published widely, focused on green infrastructure design for climate resilience and human wellbeing. Recognized by the Canadian Green Building Council’s excellence and leadership awards, Lister was nominated among Planetizen’s Most Influential Urbanists.

Wed Feb 3, 2021 - AYO HARRINGTON
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Ayo Harrington has been involved in social justice issues most of her life with a strong focus on reclaiming land to repurpose it for public benefit and use. In the 1980s helped gut and rebuild abandoned buildings to provide affordable housing. In 1999, she founded Friends of the New York African Burial Ground to ensure adherence to the Federal MOU outlining the agreement between the Federal government and the descendant community for the site. Ayo has cleared garbage strewn, vacant lots turning them into community gardens and founded 30-year-old Orchard Alley one of the largest community gardens located on the Lower East Side of New York City. In 2018, Ayo co-founded the East River Alliance.

Wed Feb 10, 2021 - DIANE JONES ALLEN, D.Eng. PLA, FASLA

Creative and Sustainable Place Making Through Trans-active Engagement.
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Landscape architecture has been the most viable way to positively shape place, and give vulnerable populations not only a voice, but a tool for strengthening and sustaining the communities in which they live. The most creative and sustainable design and place making evolves from the creativity, knowledge of place, and expertise of both landscape architects and the communities they serve. This presentation will explore projects that use engagement techniques and trans-active design for creative and sustainable place making.

Wed Feb 17, 2021 - ADVISING SESSIONS

Wed Feb 24, 2021 - GARETH DOHERTY
Critical Landscapes
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I will present the work of the Critical Landscapes Design Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Design which was established as “a space for speculation on people and places.” The aim of the Lab is to engage with pressing socio-ecological issues across the postcolonial and Islamic worlds where the design disciplines—and especially landscape architecture—can imagine better futures. The work of the Lab is based on two questions: How can theoretical, educational, and design possibilities be expanded and diversified through working in societies where there is no formal landscape architecture discipline? How can landscape architects more sensitively work outside of their own social contexts with respect and deference for others’ values and ways of life? These questions will be addressed in the lecture through projects in the Arabian peninsula, Ireland and the UK, the Caribbean, and Brazil and West Africa.

Gareth Doherty is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the MLA program at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Wed Mar 3, 2021 - JULIA WATSON
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Landscape designer and educator, Julia Watson is a leading expert in the field of Lo—TEK nature-based technologies for the built environment and climate-resilient design. Her bestselling book with Taschen, Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Monocle, Architectural Digest, and more. Regularly teaching at Harvard and Columbia University, Julia’s studio work involves landscape and urban design, along with consulting with brands on sustainability. In her studio, she collaborates with horticulturist Marie Salembier as Watson Salembier, with a focus on rewilding.

Julia has written for Topos, Landscape Architecture Frontier, ioARCH, Kerb, Water Urbanisms East and co-authored A Spiritual Guide to Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage. She’s a 2020 TED speaker, and a fellow of Summit REALITY, Pop!tech, & The Christensen Fund.

Wed Mar 10, 2021 - CRAIG VERZONE
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Craig Verzone is a principal at Verzone Woods Architectes, a collaborative multi- disciplinary studio working within the overlapping realms of landscape, urban design and architecture. Verzone graduated from Cornell University as a Presidential Scholar with a Bachelors degree in landscape architecture and from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a Masters degree in Urban Design. In 1995 he moved to Europe and began his partnership with architect Cristina Woods thus establishing VWA.

Wed Mar 24, 2021 - MCKENNA COLE
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McKenna Cole is an Art Director with a focus on experience design for cultural institutions, nonprofits, and advocacy organizations. Currently at the exhibition and media design firm Local Projects, she has contributed to projects including the Legacy Museum, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, the National Museum of Australia, and Greenwood Rising.

Foregrounding Aboriginal stories in a museum about Australia’s convict history. Highlighting once-silenced narratives about the destruction and resilience of a neighborhood in Tulsa. Utilizing data analysis and visualization in the service of reporting human rights violations. Each of these are examples of the unique and deeply personal stories that are amplified through the design process.

Wed Mar 31, 2021 - ALEX OLSON
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Alex Olson is a professional skateboarder, musician, and entrepreneur. He is the mind behind coveted fashion label Bianca Chandôn and skateboard company Call Me 917. Alex has been featured in many prominent cultural publications including the New York Times, GQ and Hypebeast. In addition to guiding the creative and artistic direction of his companies, Olson is focused on wellness through yoga and meditation and has recently released his Tribes EP through Jolly Jams Record Label under the moniker Balearic Skip.

Alex will talk about skateboarding and the creative process as it applies to the myriad of his creative endeavors.

Wed Apr 7, 2021 - KIMBERLY TRYBA, Associate ASLA, MLA, Associate Partner, Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP)
Beyond the Bagel: MSP’s Iconic Design for a Sustainable Future
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Kimberly’s commitment to the transformative power of collaborative, iconic design is rooted in her training in landscape design, fine art, and her previous experience as an integrated marketing professional in the media and luxury brand industries. Her inclusive approach is evident in the development of work she engenders at MSP, with projects located throughout the United States, Europe, India and the Middle East. As associate partner, Kimberly spearheads the firm’s global business development efforts and manages the firm’s New York City office, which she helped launch in 2015.

While MSP’s foundation has always been rooted in the design of the landscape as a cultural expression, the practice has continuously evolved to tackle the larger and the more complex environmental impacts facing our communities, cities, and the planet. Over the past ten years, MSP has delved further into research, study, and the building of a body of information for mitigating against the changing climate - the number one threat to the continued life, health, and safety on our planet.

Wed Apr 14, 2021 - KATIE SHIMA
Multidisciplinary Spatial Workflows
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SITU is an unconventional architecture practice that combines design, research and fabrication across three distinct, yet collaborative, divisions. Projects range from architectural design and the construction of large-scale art installations to the compilation of evidence for federal and international court cases. Staff from each division will share techniques unique to their focus area, and will also speak to ways that this multidisciplinary approach reinforces the creative and social impact of their work.

Wed Apr 21, 2021 - Takeshi Nagasaki, Art Gardener, N-tree
“Tree, Stone, Air, and People”
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The cell of the tree, the crystal of the stone, a form of the air, the memory of the people. These landscapes are fundamental sources for making a garden for me.

Takeshi Nagasaki (born 1970, Nara, Japan), the founder of N-tree, calls himself an ‘art gardener’. Having studied at Tokyo University of the Arts he spent two years in Spain to study painting and returned to Japan to work with woodcuts and sculpture, while at the same time embarking on a degree in landscape studies. In 2008, relocated to London, moving back to Japan in 2010. Nagasaki created many Asian minimalist landscaping design in various environments, whether its large or small. The theme of his art garden is a Think Roots. “Niwa” means garden in English.

Wed Apr 28, 2021 - CLOSING SESSION

FALL 2020

September 2, 2020 – Richard Alomar & Vincent Javet
“Welcome Address: 2020-21 Academic Year”
Richard Alomar, RLA, Associate Professor & Chair,
Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University

“On Assemblage... a series intro”
Vincent Javet, Instructor of Landscape Architecture,
Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University

September 9, 2020 – Rebecca Ginsburg
The Margaret Cekada Lecture (2020)

“Prison Abolition”
Rebecca Ginsburg, Associate Professor of Landscape
Architecture, UIUC College of Fine and Applied Arts

September 16, 2020 – Matthew Spremulli
“Generative Design Thinking and Workflows – Adoption in Academia and Practice”
Matthew Spremulli, AEC Industry Engagement Manager,
Autodesk Technology Centres

September 23, 2020 – Dong-Ping Wong
“Great Outdoors”
Dong-Ping Wong, Architect & Founder,
FOOD New York

September 30, 2020 – Valerie E. Aymer
“World Trade Center: Liberty Park – Making a Green Roof Park”
Valerie E. Aymer, RLA, Associate Professor,
Department of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University

October 14, 2020 – Mark Niesten
“The Role of Water in Dutch Planning and Design”
Mark Niesten, Project Manager / Senior Advisor,
Adaptive Delta Planning, Deltares

October 21, 2020 – Andrew Choptiany
“Fabrication and Scarcity”
Andrew Choptiany, Project Lead,
Carmody Groarke

October 28 – Dr. Vanessa Seller & Susan Cohen
“Nature into Landscape and Art: Discovering the New York Botanical Garden”
Dr. Vanessa Sellers, Director of the Humanities Institute &
Susan Cohen, Coordinator, Landscape Design Program,
The New York Botanical Garden

November 4, 2020 – Christophe Girot
The Steve Strom Lecture

“Topology: Topical thoughts on the contemporary landscape“
Christophe Girot, Dean of Architecture, Chair of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

5:30 pm digital open house, Rutgers Faculty meet-and-greet.

November 11, 2020 – Joshua Kirk
“Chasing Con, 2020versation: reflections and responses to practice”
Joshua Kirk, Landscape Designer,
A-24 Landschaft

November 18, 2020 – John A. Koepke
“Gidaazhoganikemin: We Build A Bridge”
John A. Koepke, Professor & Director of Graduate Studies,
College of Design, University of Minnesota

December 2, 2020 – Brendan Cormier
“Cars: Accelerating the Modern World”
Brendan Cormier, Senior Design Curator,

Victoria & Albert Museum


Jan. 22, 2020 - David Tulloch
GIS is About People: Multigenerational relationships between GIScience progress and people

A Fall sabbatical provided an opportunity to reflect on 50 years of innovations in the geographic information sciences and the impacts of the these innovations. Connecting that research with applications here at Rutgers, Dr. Tulloch will talk about ways that GIS has been developed since its inception as a tool by, and about, people. Revolving around examples from human health, planning and design, the primary avenue for these impacts is public policy. Finally, this presentation returns to the very human roles that have shaped and continue to shape GIScience as it in turn shapes our landscapes.

Dr. David Tulloch is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in Rutgers' School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. As Associate Director of the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis ( he oversees the GeoHealth Lab group. He is a national leader in geodesign with decades of research combining environmental planning, regional design, and geospatial technologies for projects on environmental quality, human health, and policy has been recognized with the highest research award given by the US Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA).

Jan. 29, 2020 - Vincent Javet
Behind the Scenes: Digital Workflows, Process & Iteration

In 2019 the City of Baltimore held an international design competition to create a park system, which would reimagine over 11-miles of open space along the shoreline of the Patapsco River in South Baltimore. Following a search of over 50 firms worldwide, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture was selected to compete alongside James Corner Field Operations and Hargreaves-Jones in a month-long design competition to envisage a continuous waterfront park system for the Baltimore Middle Branch, its residents and visitors alike.

This lecture will retrace the processes and workflows of West 8 in their winning proposal for the Baltimore Middle Branch design competition. A firsthand account of the design methodology, ideological approach and competition process will be recounted by Vincent Javet, who served as project designer for West 8 in their winning submission The Blue-Green Heart. The lecture will focus on unpacking design methodologies, digital workflows and conceptual ideologies, revealing the unique and collaborative team approach to West 8’s design practice. The lecture will examine the reworking of socio-economic and environmental challenges from constraint to opportunity, while navigating complex client, stakeholder and community desires to meet the needs of a 21st century park system for Baltimore’s Middle Branch.

Vincent Javet [jah-vay] is a Swiss-Canadian designer, design theorist, and educator. He serves as Instructor of Digital Design, Visualization & Fabrication at the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University. Formally trained as a landscape architect and urban planner, his research focuses on the ontology and topology of landscapes, using entropy as a guiding force in his spatial research to create and reveal the unconventional within the conventional. He is interested and committed to studying environmental performance and developing innovative design and visualization methods for dynamic landscapes through both his design and research work.

Feb 5, 2020 - Lacy Shelby
Engineering Principles Re-imagined for Landscape Architects

Landscape Architects are expected to intuit the instruments of engineering. While academic coursework focus on the basics of engineering it is not until we practice in the field do we realize the reliance we have on our fellow engineering practioners to solve complex design problems.  In this lecture, Shelby will outline actionable, and reliable tricks to bring credibility and voice to elegant design solutions guided by the landscape architect ethic using real world projects. Leave with a punch-list populated with specific devices you can apply to your work in the field.

Lacy Shelby is a resilient design professional and licensed landscape architect working for the New York City Department of Transportation. Shelby has focused her career adapting aging infrastructure to the demands of a rapidly changing climate. With over ten years of experience in municipal government, Shelby has contributed to policy directly impacting the New York City landscape and the planning and implementation of capital investments aimed to mitigate against rising sea levels and extreme weather events.

Feb 26, 2020 -Sonja Dümpelmann
The Nature, Culture, and Politics of Street Trees

Today, cities around the globe are planting street trees to mitigate the effects of climate change. However, as Sonja Dümpelmann will explain in this lecture, this is not a new phenomenon. Focusing on New York City and Berlin, Germany, she will show how cities began systematically planting trees to improve the urban climate during the nineteenth century, presenting the history of the practice within its larger social, cultural, and political contexts. Street trees–variously regarded as sanitizers, nuisances, upholders of virtue, design elements, economic engines, habitat, and more–reflect the changing relationship between humans and nonhuman nature in urban environments.

Sonja Dümpelmann is a landscape historian and Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. Her work focuses on nineteenth, twentieth, and contemporary urban landscapes and environments in the Western world. She is the author and editor of numerous books, most recently Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin (Yale Univ. Press, 2019; John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize). She lectures internationally and has served as President of the Landscape History Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and serves as Senior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington DC.

Mar. 4, 2020 - Sonia Rodriques/Gary Altman

Mar. 11, 2020 - Mike Saltarella

As a Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome I immersed myself in the contradictions of the classical and grotesque in historic gardens throughout Italy, examining how the interplay between these two concepts in so-called ‘formal’ renaissance gardens contribute to an emotional complexity within these works. It was my goal to look to the past to discover new ways to manifest material expressions of emotional pleasure and peril within the contemporary landscape. I found myself spending equal time exploring historical gardens, painting in the studio, and researching in the library. Informed by the past, I also became curious about medieval illuminations, Romanesque architecture and frescoes, and Byzantine mosaic -- all of which exhibit jarring asymmetry within their so-called ‘formal’ spaces. All these works were tied together by their balance of order and disorder. I processed my observations in a series of paintings and drawings characterized by irrational formality – a dialectic between the regular and irregular, formal and natural. I saw this dynamic tension as something that could be mobilized in the landscape architecture of the present, offering the power to systematically reach viewers on an intuitive level and fill us with wonder.
Landscapes do many things for us, but their greatest power is probably the emotional presence they bring to our lives. My own interest in landscape is very much tied up in its emotional appeal and how to design projects that respond to this particular need. However, popular opinion and landscape standards seem to favor a notion of landscape function that has been decoupled from the human psyche. I want to design landscapes that bewilder, or prompt wonder, and have been fascinated by how the landscapes of the past employed paradox to cause complex emotional responses in viewers. My recent academic experience as an Adjunct Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University, my ample professional experience as an associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), and my time as a Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome have allowed me to explore these ideas both in a concrete, applied setting, as attested by my contributions to numerous landscape projects, and through a more theoretical approach in my own artistic practice.


Apr. 15, 2020 - James Ribaudo
Streets as Public Spaces
Webex meeting @ 4:00PM, Invites will be emailed.

On average, 25-30% of the land in a given town/city is devoted to streets. That being the case, have we capitalized on one of our greatest public assets? Our streets play a critical role in the success of our cities and towns. Our neighborhoods are living, growing and dynamic. and our streets and public spaces are the ARTERIES bringing life to them.

During his 15+ year career as a Landscape and Urban Designer, James has worked on a variety of projects locally and internationally and was integral to the formation of Arterial. He has managed several ‘high performance’ street designs throughout New Jersey including Montclair, Atlantic City, Newark, Jersey City and Hoboken to name a few. James also has overseen the construction for multiple aspects of street design ranging from pocket parks to signage & wayfinding to full complete streets road reconstruction projects. His strong collaboration skills allow him to engage the community, stakeholders, consultant team and contractors confidently and effectively.

Apr. 22, 2020 - Darius Sollohub
Millennials in Architecture and Design

Darius Sollohub will discuss his book Millennials in Architecture: Generations, Disruption and the Legacy of a Profession (University of Texas Press, June 2019), which situates the Millennial generation in relation to its predecessors, highlights the social and environmental challenges we all face, and maps the ways in which this newest generation of architects will likely force disruptions in the ways that firms and educators teach and foster leadership. The presentation will be interactive, and participants will gain an understanding of how to tap Millennials’ capacity to shape the twenty-first century. 

Darius Sollohub, AIA teaches at the Hillier College of Architecture and Design at NJIT. He has been affiliated with the university since 1995 and served as director of its School of Architecture. Sollohub teaches and consults on architecture and planning topics at multiple scales and his interest in design pedagogy is expressed in the book, Millennials in Architecture: Generations, Disruption and the Legacy of a Profession, recently published by the University of Texas Press. Sollohub has worked closely with many institutions and agencies and was awarded the 2010 NCARB Grand Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education. 

May 6, 2020 Lauren Kovacs

Lauren Kovacs, LLA has been designing sustainable stormwater management projects for her entire professional career. Through the forward-looking nature of her work with non-profit organizations seeking to promote the use of green infrastructure, she has remained on the forefront of emerging technologies. In 2010, Lauren was the primary author of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s report, “New Jersey Stormwater Management Implementation; A Case Study of Hamilton Township, Mercer County.” The report details the numerous failings of improperly designed conventional stormwater management systems and makes it clear that the consequential impacts of inadequate stormwater control are a threat to human health and safety, as well as the environment.

09/11: Braden Crooks
Designing the We
Braden is a gardener turned landscape architect who entered into the fray of community organizing and advocacy. He founded Groundswell PA: an organization that passed the first popular vote to ban fracking using an Environmental Bill of Rights. Braden earned his Master of Science with departmental honors from Parsons in New York, where he hones his praxis developing forms of horizontal organizing within solidarity economies. Braden has recently worked with organizations such as the Center for Urban Pedagogy and the Right to the City Alliance, and in his spare time produces a web series about New York.


09/18: Timothy Raphael
Multimedia Storytelling in the Global City
Tim Raphael is Professor of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark. Since 2009, Dr. Raphael has served as the founding director of the Center for Migration and the Global City. In 2014, with partners VII Photo and Talking Eyes Media, he founded Newest Americans, a multimedia art and documentary project that chronicles the immigrant experience from the vantage point of the most diverse national university in the United States. Newest Americans is a collaborative multimedia laboratory in which professional journalists, artists and media-makers work alongside faculty and students to document local immigrant stories with a global reach. Newest Americans produces a multimedia digital magazine, gallery and museum exhibits, and curriculum from the media it produces. Project media has been screened at film and photography festivals, used in high school and college classrooms, and featured in national print and online publications including National Geographic, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and The New York Times.


09/25: Atif Akin
Tepoto Sud morph Moruroa
Atif Akin is an artist and designer living in New York and Associate Professor of Art & Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He is also a research fellow and executive board member of the Center Cultural Analysis at the same university. His work examines science, nature, mobility, and politics through an (a)historical and contemporary lens. Through research, documentation and visualisation, he creates projects that address transdisciplinary issues, through a technoscientific lens, with an aesthetic and political framework. By looking at scientific and political phenomena, he extracts and creates meaning in a visual context, with broad political and scientific significance. Integrating technology as both subject and means of expression, Akin explores issues that are considered sensitive in the public discourse, unlocking them from the rigid political categories in which they reside.

Akin studied science at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, where he was actively involved in artistic and political circles and earned his master’s degree in design at the same university.

In 2009, his work was listed in the Younger Than Jesus art directory of the New Museum, published by Phaidon. That same year, Akın co-curated a seminal media art exhibition, Uncharted: User Frames in Media Arts, and edited an accompanying book. Throughout his practice in Istanbul, he regularly collaborated with Ars Electronica in Austria, ZKM in Karlsruhe and Pixelache in Helsinki. Akin was the recipient of the 2015 apexart Franchise Program award in New York, and the co-organizer of the zine project and exhibition, Apricots from Damascus, on behalf of apexart in New York, and co-produced and hosted by SALT in Istanbul.

Most recently, part of his long-term research-driven art project on nuclear mobility and oceanography, represented and supported by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary was on display at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Singapore, Le Fresnoy Museum in France and Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden.

His work and statement can be found at

10/02: Sean Gallagher
Public Space and the Urban Millenium
In 2008, the earth’s human population became more urban than rural for the first time in history. While this reality is good for the health of our biosphere, urban communities will need to adapt from their 20th century infrastructural strategies to emerging social and ecological networks that can sustain this population growth.

At DS+R, we are interested in identifying new opportunities for productive relationships between public space, local ecology, and emerging technologies that act as a catalyst for this necessary adaptation in the existing urban fabric. We have been fortunate enough to collaborate on projects that test these interests in a meaningful way and will discuss some of our ongoing experimentation.

Sean is also faculty at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture. He is an advocate for New Jersey and Jersey City as a board member on the Embankment Preservation Coalition (EPC) and Jersey City Arts and Architecture Committee.

10/09: Karen O’Neill
Moving to Avoid Sea Level Rise

10/16: Jack Leonard
Green Infrastructure & Livable Cities
How do we define “Livability” in the urban community in the context of environmental “Sustainability”?  As we focus on green infrastructure to resolve environmental/stormwater issues, are we addressing the difficult and complex real‐world problems faced by our urban and underserved communities?  Can investments in green infrastructure play a role in the social, cultural, and economic revitalization of urban communities?  Are green infrastructure investments being allocated on an equitable basis?  Are current green infrastructure BMP design approaches applicable and economically feasible for existing urban communities?  It is imperative that Landscape Architects understand the integral role that green infrastructure plays in the social, cultural, and economic aspects of livable urban communities as well as the resolution of environmental issues. 

Jack Leonard (PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C) is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Sustainable Urban Communities Program at Morgan State University’s School of Architecture + Planning.  He is also a practicing design professional and principal of JGL Design Associates.  Jack is a registered Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional. He has degrees in Civil Engineering (BE – Stevens Institute of Technology), Business (MBA – Loyola College), and Landscape Architecture (MLA – Morgan State University).  Jack’s practice, research, and teaching have focused on the interdisciplinary nature of designing the built environment.  He has particular interest in the sustainability of urban communities and the integration and application of the science and engineering disciplines with the principles and practice of landscape/site design and community planning.  Jack developed, and is Director of, the interdisciplinary Sustainable Urban Communities Program at Morgan which offers a post-baccalaureate certificate.  The program provides opportunities for students, professionals, and community leaders to learn in an interdisciplinary environment while focusing on areas of interest.  Jack’s design interests focus on green infrastructure as a catalyst for revitalization of underserved urban communities with emphasis on the issues of urban storm water and heat island affect.

10/22: Billy Fleming
Design & the Green New Deal
*6:00 PM - Rutgers Academic Bldg (East) -- Room 2400 15 Seminary Pl. New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Dr. Billy Fleming
 is the Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design. He is the co-editor and co-curator of Design With Nature Now (2019), the co-editor of The Adaptation Blueprint (2021), the co-author of The Indivisible Guide (2016), and the author of Drowning America (Penn Press, 2020). Before joining Penn, he worked as policy adviser in the White House Domestic Policy Council’s office of Urban Affairs. Billy is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, the University of Texas School of Architecture, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. 

I don’t know when the myth of landscape architects as climate saviors began, but I know it’s time to kill it. Design is an instrument of power, not an agent of change. For too long, designers have relied upon the mythology of a lone genius, working tirelessly and alone, to solve the existential crises of their day. But these theories of change, predicated on the existence of a great man or woman, misunderstand the way that power is structured and change is made. Can a set of practices tied to luxury real estate and urban development deliver anything meaningful to the frontline communities of climate change? Can we act both as instruments of neoliberalism and as an activist, subversive force in the fight for climate justice?  These questions are at the heart of the movement driving the Green New Deal. Though it has necessarily been led by economists, scientists, and organizers, the Green New Deal is also the biggest design and environmental idea in a century. It’s primary aims—to decarbonize the economy and adapt the entire nation to climate change—would require a total transformation of the built and natural environment, including the construction of a new clean energy grid, the maximal energy efficient retrofit of every structure, the managed retreat of tens of millions of people, and a massive reorganization of land use at a national scale. We have to build so much, so fast, and so much better than we’ve ever done before. And the Green New Deal is the only idea on the table that might make this possible. So what would a world designed by the Green New Deal look like? How can designers find their way into this movement? That’s what this lecture will be about.

10/23: Anu Mathur & Dilip Da Cunha
Water & Wetness
* 6:00 PM - Steve Strom Memorial Lecture
Alampi Rm in the Marine Sciences Building
Anuradha Mathur an architect and landscape architect is Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dilip da Cunha, an architect and planner is co-director of the Risk and Resilience program at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and Adjunct Professor at the GSAPP, Columbia University.

Mathur and da Cunha are authors of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001); Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore's Terrain (2006); Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009) and co-editors of Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). 

Da Cunha is also author of a new book, The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent, (University of Pennsylvania Press 2019). The book draws attention to rivers as a consequence of one of the most fundamental acts in the design of human habitation, namely, the separation of land from water and asks – ‘Is this separation found in nature or does nature follow from its assertion?’  As a sequel to the Invention of Rivers da Cunha and Mathur are currently working on an exhibition titled ‘The Ocean of Rain’ that embraces ubiquitous wetness as an alternative to river landscapes. A selection from this work-in-progress will be part of an exhibition curated by Bruno Latour titled ‘Critical Zones’ at the ZKM Museum in Karlsruhe, Germany, opening May 2020.

10/30: Leonard Grosch
The Art of Creating Lively Spaces 
Landscape Architecture can be more than aesthetically innovative: It can contribute to integration in society, social stability, and a vibrant public life. But how does a park become an intensively used stage, a well-visited everyday location? What constitutes the “boon of life” (Jane Jacobs)? And what makes a park urban? I my lecture I would like to present the principles that underlie the design of the Park am Gleisdreieck in Berlin. They form a toolbox for big city parks that can be used in diverse ways, stimulate interaction, and appeal to the senses. The presentation will further focus on the use of native and pioneer plants in the design process. How can wild existing or newly created landscapes contribute to lively urban places? Is wild and artificial a contradiction or can they support each other?

Leonard Grosch knew that he wanted to become an architect while still at school. Following an apprenticeship in Munich as grower of perennial plants he decided to study landscape architecture at Technische Universität Dresden. His love for Scandinavian design brought him for one year to the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen before he obtained his diploma at Technische Universität Berlin. In 2003 Leonard joined Atelier Loidl as competitions manager. After the inauguration of the Park am Gleisdreieck, he co-authored the book `Designing Parks` together with Constanze A. Petrow about strategies for the successful design of urban parks in large cities. Since 2006 Leonard is partner and managing director of Atelier Loidl. He is responsible for design and customer acquisition.

11/06: Cymie Payne
Nature, Culture & Armed Conflict
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11/13: Roy DeBoer Prize Presentations
Amanda Leifer, Zoe Orlino & Jessica Thorning

12/04: Amber Wiley
The Biccentennial & the Black Heritage Movement
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Jan 30, 2019
Tim Marshall & Theresa Hyslop, ETM Associates, L.L.C
It is a good time to be a Landscape Architect

Now is a good time to be a landscape architect!  Today many significant and impactful urban park projects are being led by landscape architecture firms.  These are complicated and complex projects with large multidisciplinary consultant teams.  The projects require a diverse set of professional skills in order to design them. Projects scales vary as do the overall project impacts.  These projects can have a broad economic, recreational, and use impact.  For many of these significant projects, landscape architecture firms are the lead professional firm and oversee a diverse multidisciplinary team of subconsultants.  Design along with broad economic, tourism, and local identification are important considerations in these projects.  Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) and many design competitions stipulate that these projects are to be led by LA firms.  There is a major shift underway in the profession with regards to the position of LA’s with regards to these, primarily, urban design projects.  It’s a good time to be an LA.        

Feb. 6, 2019
Mark Robison, Rutgers MLA canadiate 2020
Creating The National Forest

As a 2018 recipient of the Roy DeBoer Travel Prize, Mark Robison explored The National Forest, an ambitious 200 square mile landscape restoration project sited in the Midlands region of England. Spearheaded by the British Government, overseen by an NGO and supported by local governments, The National Forest is a decades-long effort transforming an ecologically damaged and economically challenged region. Through original photography, video content, personal interviews and highlights of academic literature, Robison will share insights into the history, policy and practice that have moved an idea to an invention and fostered a wholly new forest.

Mark Robison is a Master of Landscape Architecture Candidate at Rutgers University. He has led a career as a Creative Director at several NYC marketing agencies and developed an expertise in experiential and brand marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Journalism from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has completed certificates in both Horticulture and Landscape Design at New York Botanical Garden.

Feb. 13, 2019
No Lecture, NJASLA

Feb. 20, 2019
Update: MOVED TO RM 128 Blake HALL 3:30- Not Required for Students
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson
The Counselor: Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes under Dictatorship

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is an associate professor of landscape architecture at the City College of New York. A registered architect and landscape architect, she is a graduate of the Cooper Union and Princeton University, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Brazil. Her work explores adaptation to climate change in urban environments and the novel transformation of landscape restoration practices. She also examines the intersection of political power, environmental activism, and public health, particularly as seen through the design of public space and policy. Her books include Structures of Coastal Resilience (Island Press, 2018); Depositions: Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes under Dictatorship (University of Texas Press, 2018); Waterproofing New York (UR Books, 2016); and On the Water: Palisade Bay (Hatje Cantz, 2010).

Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) is internationally known as one of the preeminent modernist landscape architects. He designed renowned public landscapes in Brazil, beginning with small plazas in Recife in the 1930s and culminating with large public parks in the early 1960s, most significantly the Parque do Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro. Seavitt’s new book Depositions: Roberto Burle Marx and Public Landscapes under Dictatorship explores a pivotal moment in Burle Marx’s career—the years in which he served as a member of the Federal Cultural Council, created by the military dictatorship in the mid-1960s. Despite the inherent conflict and risk in working with the military regime, Burle Marx boldly used his position to advocate for the protection of the unique Brazilian landscape, becoming a prophetic voice of caution against the regime’s policies of rapid development and resource exploitation.

Depositions presents the first English translation of eighteen environmental position pieces that Burle Marx wrote for the journal Cultura, a publication of the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture, from 1967 through 1974. Catherine Seavitt Nordenson introduces and contextualizes the depositions by analyzing their historical and political contexts, as well as by presenting pertinent examples of Burle Marx’s earlier public projects, which enables a comprehensive reading of the texts. Addressing deforestation, the establishment of national parks, the place of commemorative sculpture, and the unique history of the Brazilian cultural landscape, Depositions offers new insight into Burle Marx’s outstanding landscape oeuvre and elucidates his transition from prolific designer to prescient counselor.

Feb. 27 2019
Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Prof. Dr.
Commemorating the victims of National Socialism – The Landscape Design of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp Memorial

The presentation will discuss the history of the former Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen as a commemorative site, beginning in November 1945. After the liberation from the Nazi dictatorship the British gave instructions to the German authorities to turn the former concentration camp into a commemorative site. First plans to design the landscape as a commemorative one, were made by a German landscape architect, Wilhelm Hübotter. Hübotter had, ten years before during the time of National Socialism, in 1935, planned a commemorative place for Reich leader SS (Reichsführer SS) Heinrich Himmler, the so-called Grove of the Saxons.
Only in 2002 the State of Lower Saxony organized a competition among architects and landscape architects to redesign the commemorative landscape and to add a new documentation center to the site. The presentation will discuss Hübotter’s landscape design and its change in 2002 and following years.

Study of landscape architecture, University of Hannover. Ph.D. Dr.-Ing, The Berlin University of the Fine Arts, Department of Architecture (1989). Director of Studies in Landscape Architecture, Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University (1991-96). Professor in the history of open space planning and landscape architecture, Institute of Landscape Architecture, Leibniz University of Hannover (since September 1996). Founding member of the Centre of Garden Art and Landscape Architecture, Leibniz University Hannover, chairman (since 2003). Member of the Expert Commission for the re-conceptualisation of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial (2000-2008). Member of the Expert Commission for the Design Competition “A Jewish Garden for the ‘Gardens of the World’, in Berlin-Marzahn”.

March 6, 2019
Sarah Nitchman, Recent graduate of RULA, OJB Landscape Architecture
After Blake: Reflections of a Young Alumna

The LA studio is a wild mix of fun, fury, inspiration and all-nighters. What happens when you walk out these doors after graduation? The journey may not always be linear, and often isn’t what you predict. Sarah returns to share her adventures, projects and lessons learned since 2011 as she practiced landscape architecture across 4 states and 3 time zones.

Sarah Nitchman Stangel is an Associate at OJB in Boston, and since graduating Rutgers in 2011 has worked at ETM Associates, Design Workshop and Reed Hilderbrand. She is passionate about creating beautiful places that connect people socially and with their context, and has engaged the design process from planning to construction. 

March 13, 2019
Michael Berkowitz

Michael joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2013 to shape the new 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge.  Previously, he worked at Deutsche Bank as the deputy global head of Operational Risk Management, overseeing OR capital planning efforts, serving as a primary regulatory contact, and connecting ORM efforts group-wide.

Other positions held at DB included COO of Corporate Security, Business Continuity and ORM, responsible for budgeting, operations, and global coordination across six workstreams; head of the Protective Intelligence Unit; CSBC head in APAC; and additional DB management roles in Mumbai, India and New York.

Prior to Deutsche Bank, Michael was Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management in New York City, where he led the creation of the Public-Private Emergency Planning Initiative and Ready New York citizen preparedness campaign and responded to incidents including the 1999 outbreak of West Nile Fever, Tropical Storm Floyd, the crashes of SwissAir 111 and American Airlines 587, and the World Trade Center disaster.

March 27, 2019
Jeanne Haffner, NY Historical Society
Halprin on the Anacostia

In 1966, Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson invited landscape architect Lawrence Halprin to re-imagine the Anacostia riverfront in Washington, D.C. The work was part of a campaign to beautify the nation’s capital, “the seat of democracy,” and provide a model for the beautification of cities across the country. Mrs. Johnson’s vision was not merely aesthetic, however; it was also social, political, and ecological. By enhancing the environments in which urban inhabitants lived, Mrs. Johnson sought to increase the quality of life for all citizens, and make the city of Washington more equitable. Halprin’s own interests in the intersection of democratic ideas and landscape design made him particularly well-suited for this project. While his plans were never realized, they offer a window into a question that landscape architects continue to grapple with today: How can shifting ideas about democracy be translated into the spatial realm?

Jeanne Haffner is currently Associate Curator of Hudson Rising, an exhibition that explores the environmental history of the Hudson River, at the New-York Historical Society (March 1 - August 4, 2019). Previously, she was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and has taught urban history and theory, environmental history, and the history of science and technology at Brown and Harvard Universities. She is the author of The View from Above: The Science of Social Space (MIT Press, 2013), an edited volume on landscape and housing (Routledge Press, forthcoming), a chapter in the Routledge Research Companion to Landscape Architecture (Routledge Press, 2018),and numerous articles on urbanism and landscape in publications such as Guardian Cities, Urban Omnibus, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Show: Halprin on the Anacostia: An Experiment in Design and Democracy
Associate Curator of Hudson Rising (March 1 – August 4, 2019)
New-York Historical Society

April 3 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Karyl Evans, Film Marker
Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand
This is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of Beatrix Farrand, the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America and one of the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

This compelling film chronicles the life of Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959), the niece of Edith Wharton, who grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite and fought through the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession to design over 200 landscape commissions during her remarkable 50-year career.
The documentary takes viewers on an inspiring journey across the country as we explore her personal story and many of her most spectacular gardens, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden; Garland Farm in Bar Harbor, Maine; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Bar Harbor, Maine; and her California gardens.
The narrative is recounted through interviews with Farrand scholar Diana Balmori, landscape historian Judith Tankard, and landscape architect Shavaun Towers. Current photographs and footage of more than 50 Farrand-related sites along with archival images from the Beatrix Farrand Archives at the University of California Berkeley are woven together to bring to life Beatrix Farrand’s extraordinary story, reminding us why her awe-inspiring work is still relevant to this day.

Karyl Evans is a six-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. Ms. Evans, owner of Karyl Evans Productions LLC in North Haven, Connecticut has produced more than 50 historical documentary projects over her 30 year career. Karyl is on the National Speakers List for the Garden Club of America and is a Fellow at Yale University. 
To learn more about the work of Karyl Evans visit: 

April 10, 2019
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Distinguished Professor and the Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Smart, socially just and sustainable transport

Some of the most critical challenges facing cities arise from significant digitalization of our everyday lives and with the massive automation of jobs. New sources of data are rapidly emerging as a result of technological and business innovations, and are stimulating hypotheses regarding urban patterns, as well as data-driven knowledge discovery about cities. They are also supporting bundles of technology such as smart cities, smart and connected transportation, data-driven public services, and other applications; however, much remains to be done to understand how such technology can be deployed in ways that are equitable, and truly improve our daily lives. This talk will explore the potential of analytics in understanding and acting on key social, economic and behavioral issues that arise due to such trends. Examples will be given using social media and other forms of Internet-based data as well as data from wearable sensors. The talk will survey the kinds of opportunities in going from a data-poor environment to a data-rich world, and will specifically raise questions about four challenges that arise: technological, methodological, theoretical/epistemological, and the emerging political economy of Big Data.

Piyushimita Thakuriah (Vonu) is the Dean of the Edward J Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Distinguished Professor of Transportation and Urban Informatics. She is interested in smart, socially-just, and sustainable transportation, and in the analytics of emerging sources of data to understand complex urban problems. She is the author of “Transportation and Information: Trends in Technology and Policy” (2013) and “Seeing Cities with Big Data: Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics” (2017).  Prior to her current position, she was Ch2M Endowed Chair Professor of Transport in the University of Glasgow and the founding director of the Urban Big Data Centre funded by UK Research and Innovation, which operated a UK-wide data service to inspire innovations in cities research in higher education, industry and government agencies with novel forms of data. Vonu is a co-chair of the Urban Data working group of the Research Data Alliance, a member of the scientific committee of the European Commission’s New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the UK Office of National Statistics Data Science Campus.

April 17, 2019
Kyle Beidler, PHD, RLA, AICP Project Manager with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG)
A Tale of Two Boomtowns and the Need for Context-Sensitive Planning

Comprehensive plans have always attempted to confront such challenges by envisioning alternative futures.  However, traditional planning approaches and the requirements the PA Municipal Planning Code tend to generate disconnected policy goals that have limited impact on the lived-experience of residents.  In contrast, implementable planning calls for community leaders to focus on real and relevant issues from a bottom-up perspective.  If not carefully executed, this planning approach can become overly focused on a narrow vision that has limited potential to change the built environment.  Therefore, there is a need for a more blended planning approach based on a holistic perspective and incremental solutions. 

This talk advocates for a contextually-sensitive approach (CSA) to planning and design.  CSA is a physical planning approach focused on small incremental projects, contextual analysis, and integrated participatory feedback loops.  The goal of the approach is to identify potential community projects and document a project-based plan for incremental change in the form of a community playbook.  A review of projects completed using this method will highlight how a CSA approach is a pragmatic way to facilitate community reinvestment. 

Kyle is a Licensed Landscape Architect and Certified Planner with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG). He has developed comprehensive zoning & SALDO ordinances, recreational master plans, and other land use amendments. His additional responsibilities include reviewing municipal land development applications, financial security estimates and post construction stormwater management reports.  This combined experience of administering planning regulations and creating new land use guidelines has allowed Mr. Beidler to develop pragmatic solutions tailored to the needs of our individual clients through a context-sensitive planning approach.

April 24, 2019
Holly Bergman (RU Bloustien), Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project; Nicole Cohen (RU SEBS), Forest Trajectories on a Post Industrial Site, and Lara Urban Roman (FS Philadelphia) Urban Forest trajectory in Philadelphia.
Growth, Development and Connections, three variations on Resiliency in the Landscape



Fall 2018

September 5
Hugh Keegan, Applications Prototype Lab, Esri
Identifying, Prioritizing and Connecting Green Infrastructure in Your Town and Across the U.S.

Working with noted Spanish Landscape Architect Arancha Muñoz-Criado and Karen Firehock of the Green Infrastructure Center, Inc. ESRI has created a national data base of intact natural areas and free tools to help communities, designers and planners identify, prioritize and connect them. The goal is to identify and protect our most valuable local intact landscapes before development occurs and to create natural networks of open spaces and corridors between communities, counties and states – Think of Olmstead’s Emerald Necklace but implemented across the entire country!

Hugh Keegan - a career employee at ESRI, was introduced to GIS concepts and software while a student intern at Oak Ridge Natl. Laboratory in the late 70’s. He trained at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Landscape Architecture under Carl Steinitz, Dave Sinton and Dana Tomlin, and worked at the Harvard Lab for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis for several years after graduation. Joining ESRI in the early 80’s, he helped form the company’s Applications Prototype Lab, managing it for most of his career at ESRI. This group performs applied R&D work, mostly for NGOs, and has developed many hundreds of prototypes and applications for organizations as diverse as the World Health Organization, the Jane Goodall Institute, JPL, and NASA along with collaborating with Richard Saul Wurman on his 192021 and Urban Observatory Projects.  In 2016 he led an effort to build a national database of all available undisturbed open spaces in the United States larger than 100 acres, and quantify the level of connectivity between them, in support of national Green Infrastructure Planning and GeoDesign efforts.  The APL was guided in this work by Arancha Criado Munoz,  a leading proponent of Green Infrastructure planning in the EU and Karen Firehock, the founder of the Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, VA.

September 12
Jill Lipoti, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers
Sustainability is not a “thing”; it is a “way”

This lecture is about decision-making with the future in mind.  Each of us has our own vision for how the future should look, but unless we can agree on a shared vision, our efforts will be fragmented and could be counterproductive.  How can we reach agreement on a shared future?  How can we influence others to bend their vision to enhance ours?  Do we have the maturity to change our minds?  Let’s start by considering some simple decisions – how do you make those decisions?  Habit?  Convenience? What if you took the time to make considered decisions?  Would you change your mind?  Or maybe we should start by considering our values.  What are some frameworks for considering our values? “When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier”.  (Roy Disney) “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Jill Lipoti, Ph.D. is an Assistant Teaching Professor, at the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University.  Jill Lipoti has contributed to the development and implementation of the academic Minor in Sustainability, teaching two of the required courses. The Sustainability minor is the fastest growing minor at SEBS, where students enjoy the positive energy and collective ability to make a difference.  Jill is a member of the Rutgers Sustainability Committee.  She has spearheaded the RU Sustainable symposium, where students and faculty connect with the UN Sustainable Development Goals through service, education, research and the arts. Jill Lipoti is an alumni member of Alpha Zeta, has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental science from Rutgers, and received the George H. Cook Award for Distinguished Alumni from Rutgers in 2007.

September 19
The Steve Strom Lecture (*)
Frederick Steiner, Dean and Paley Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
"Making Plans"
* 6:30 pm meet and greet, 7:00 pm lecture

Frederick Steiner draws on five decades as a “reflective practitioner” to illustrate how large-scale planning requires setting goals, determining suitabilities, designing options, selecting courses for moving forward, taking actions, and adjusting to changes. Based on his experience developing plans for the City of Austin and the University of Texas campus, and establishing the SITES rating system for the sustainability of landscapes, he offers guiding principles for planners at any stage of their career.

Frederick Steiner is Dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and co-director of the Ian L. McHarg Center. He served for 15 years as Dean of the Schoolof Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, having taught at Arizona State University, Washington State University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Tsinghua University. Dean Steiner was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at Wageningen University and a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. A fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, he has written, edited, or co-edited 18 books, including Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment (UT Press, 2018). Dean Steiner earned a Master of Community Planning and a B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. and M.A. in city and regional planning and a Master of Regional Planning from PennDesign.

September 26
Robin Leichenko, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Rutgers
Bringing Equity into Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Cities

Inequalities surrounding climate change impacts and vulnerabilities are widely recognized. These include inequalities across cities, communities, and social groups in exposure to climate shocks and stresses, as well as differential capacities to respond and recover. Less well-recognized are the potential equity implications of climate resiliency efforts including the possibility of increased housing costs, job losses, or population displacement within vulnerability communities. Drawing from the author’s work with the New York City Panel on Climate Change, this study explores uneven vulnerabilities to climate change within urban communities and examines how equity concerns can be incorporated into urban adaptation planning efforts.

Robin Leichenko’s current research explores economic vulnerability to climate change and the equity implications of climate change adaptation. Leichenko served as a Review Editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report and as a contributing author on the IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events. Her book, Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures (2008, Oxford University Press, co-authored with Karen O’Brien), won the Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution in Geography. Her forthcoming volume, titled Climate and Society: Transforming the Future (2019, Polity Press, co-authored with Karen O’Brien), is a textbook for undergraduate courses on the human and social dimensions of climate change

October 3
Gernot Riether, Director of the School of Architecture New Jersey Institute of Technology
Digital Design Build Studio

This talk will present a series of projects from the Digital Design Build Studio. The talk will use these explorations to discuss a model of operation for architecture schools in the context of a profession that has been disrupted by digital technology. Talking about some projects in more detail will illustrate the findings of the experimentation with different polymers. The discussion will also highlight the social aspect of these interventions and illustrate how coalitions between non-profit organizations, developers, industry and municipalities may benefit and impact their communities.

Gernot Riether is the Director of the School of Architecture and Associate Professor at the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  In his Digital Design-Build Studio he and his students are researching new novel computer controlled fabrication and manufacturing methods. He previously taught at Kennesaw State University, Ball State University, ENSA Paris-La Villette, Georgia Tech, NYIT and Barnard College at Columbia University and is lecturing internationally.
His Digital Design Build Studio won competitions such as the design of the AIA Pavilion for the American Institute of Architects in New Orleans with a hydroponic spherical enclosure made of environmentally friendly polymers. The studio was commissioned for projects such as a public installation for the Nuit Blanche Festival in Paris where he took cues from biology to digitally create a lightweight structural envelope for a pavilion in which interactive art projects were displayed.

October 10
Student Presentations, Rutgers Landscape Architecture
De Boer Prize and Study Abroad

October 17
No lecture (ASLA conference)

October 24
Richard Serrano, Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of French, Rutgers
“Look upon my beauty!” : The Alhambra and the Guided Eye

Landscape architects are taught about the Alhambra as one of the great designs of the world. Their view of the Alhambra treats it as an expression of design and source of inspiration for design over the next millennium. In contrast, Richard Serrano views this landscape through the lens of historic Arabic documents and literature. With a rich understanding of the culture and history, Serrano will present this familiar, even sacred, landscape through his disciplinarily-distinct perspective.

Professor Serrano's recent research projects in Arabic Literature include a compilation and translation of the seventh-century poet Jamil's diwan and a study of the relationship between poetry in Egyptian and Tunisian protest movements and Classical Arabic tropes of complaint.  In East Asian Literatures he is conducting research on women and eighteenth-century poetry in China and Korea (which also involves a great deal of translation). Future research projects include a study of the intersection of Chinese and Arab cultures with music, art and literature in Habsburg Vienna; resituating contemporary poetry of the Maghreb in a Mediterranean (rather than a "postcolonial") context, which entails the work of poets from Spain, France, Italy, Egypt, Lebanon and eventually Greece, Turkey, Israel (and perhaps even Albania and Croatia). 

October 31
No lecture

November 7
Kathleen Kambic, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of New Mexico
Feminist Political Ecology and the Challenges of Contemporary Landscape Design

Identity politics, defining who and how we are in the world, is an important part of the design lexicon. As the messages we impart through designed landscapes change over time, the vocabulary and visual cues with which we imbue landscapes speak to different values and outlooks. Issues of climate change adaptation, women’s rights, and intersectionality are now causing new perspectives on design to emerge. By reinvestigating long held design views on gender, it is possible to newly focus on the marginalized, the natural and the invisible while acknowledging the inequality of public space. This lecture will offer alternative perspectives on how, why and for whom we design landscapes through a discussion of visual and verbal artifacts.

Kathleen Kambic is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico. Her research and teaching interests include water, infrastructure, the American West, feminist political ecology and landscape theory. Her work focuses on integrating diverse bodies of knowledge into seminars and design studios centered on urban water infrastructure.

November 9 (Special Lecture @ Zimmerli Art Museum)
Philip Ursprung, Dean of the Department of Architecture, Professor for the History of Art and Architecture, ETH Zurich

Hosted by the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture and the Zimmerli Art Museum

The Activity Echo-Logy was performed on the weekend of May 3rd and 4th, 1975 by Allan Kaprow and a group of participants in the countryside in Far Hills, New Jersey. It was commissioned by the Merriewold West Gallery. There was no audience. All that remains is a booklet with the score and some photographs by Lizbeth Marano documenting the event. On March 21st, 2013, acclaimed art historian Philip Ursprung reenacted the Activity with a group of architecture students in small creek, outside the Antique site of Olympia, Greece. They wanted to find out if Kaprow’s work of art was part of our own time or if it had become an art historical document.

Philip Ursprung is Professor for the History of Art and Architecture and Dean of the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. He earned his PhD at Freie Universität Berlin and taught at HdK Berlin, Columbia University New York, the University of Zurich and the Barcelona Institute of Architecture. He is editor of Herzog & de Meuron: Natural History (Lars Müller Publishers, 2002), Studio Olafur Eliasson: An Encyclopedia (Taschen, 2008) and author of Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, and the Limits to Art (Univ. of California Press, 2013).

Zimmerli Art Museum
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

November 14
Lynnette Widder, Professor, Masters of Sustainability Management, Columbia University
Kaneji Domoto: Versioning “American-Japanese” Architectures and Landscapes

Lynnette Widder explores the work of architect and landscape designer Kaneji Domoto (1912-2002) in the context of his Japanese American identity. Through personal photographs and documents, Widder tells the story of Domoto’s early experiences in his immigrant family’s nursery, his fellowship at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West, his incarceration in Colorado during WWII and his long, independent practice based in New York. She will consider Domoto’s work in relation to Wright's efforts to determine how Japanese architecture would be understood in the context of American architecture and present Domoto's own transforming explorations, including his Usonian homes and landscape projects.

Lynnette Widder (M.Arch, Columbia University, 1990; Dr.Sc., ETH, 2016) serves on the full-time faculty of the Masters of Sustainability Management Master’s Program at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Prior to joining the Earth Institute, she was Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design; she has also taught at the ETH Zurich, Cornell University, City College of New York and Cranbrook Academy. She is co-author of two books, Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow (William Stout, 2010) and Architecture Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice (Taylor and Francis, 2014); and curator of Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia (AIA Center for Architecture, 2017; Maass. Gallery, SUNY Purchase and Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, 2019). Her current research focuses on sustainable building construction; urban resource flows; community resilience and the material culture of building construction in post-war Germany and the US.

November 28
Frank Gallagher, Associate Professor
Jean Marie Hartman, Associate Professor
Christina Kaunzinger, Assistant Professor of Research
Panel on Ecology in Landscape Architecture: Green is Good, but Ecotypes Matter

Three of the Rutgers faculty in landscape architecture, all trained in ecology, will present and discuss their perspectives on current issues. The panel will highlight the richness in perspectives while demonstrating a shared understanding of the importance of ecology within landscape architecture.

Frank Gallagher, PhD (Rutgers) is the Undergraduate Program Director for Environmental Planning and Design. He has served as Assistant Director, Administrator and Chief of Interpretive Services for the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry. He has an innovative research program in environmental planning, with emphases in ecological systems services and open space planning and design.

JeanMarie Hartman, PhD (UConn) is the incoming Graduate Program Director in Landscape Architecture. She is a Faculty Fellow at the Rutgers Honors College and previously served as the LA Department Chair. Her research lab focuses on plant, wetland and watershed ecology.  She recently became a Certified Senior Ecologist and was awarded a citation for outstanding public education.

Christina Kaunzinger, PhD (Rutgers) is an Assistant Research Professor in the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture.  She is the Faculty Director of the Living Labs Initiative at SEBS and an Assistant Director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.  Her interests include sustainable landscape, engaged learning and coastal resilience.

December 5
Mary Pat McGuire, RLA, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, UIUC College of Fine and Applied Arts
Urban Surface: Transformations Through Design

Landscape architects are strategically remaking the surfaces of urban sites, as a visual, material, and operative reconstruction of cities. McGuire will discuss the concept of surface as both landscape infrastructural theme and as a precise design medium. She will share a multi-disciplinary understanding of surface in order to critically relate aspects of landscape architectural design. In these contexts, she will share her current design research for an urban surface transformation of Chicago.

Mary Pat McGuire is a registered landscape architect, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, principal designer at the Water Lab, and co-editor of the forthcoming book Fresh Water. Previously McGuire taught at IIT in Chicago, practiced with Peter Walker & Partners, and served research fellowships with Landscape Architecture Foundation and the UIUC Design Research Initiative. Her work is supported by the Wright Ingraham Institute, the Wadsworth Endowment, and NOAA’s National Sea Grant Program. McGuire has an MLA from University of Virginia.

Spring 2018

January 17
Emily Vogler, Department Chair of Landscape Architecture
Rhode Island School of Design
SCALE SHIFT: Infrastructural logic | Material logic

Abstract: At the Rhode Island School of Design, the landscape architecture department exists alongside other arts and design disciplines which have a unique relationship to craft and materials.  The Landscape Architecture Department at RISD seeks to bring this knowledge of materials and critical making into the design process to address regional ecological, social and infrastructural issues at the site and material scale.  In her presentation, Emily Vogler will discuss the working methods at RISD and three current research projects that highlight this approach.  These projects include sculptural forms that engage communities in coastal habitat restoration in Narraganset Bay, an open-source tool kit to support decision making about aging dams in New England, and modules that reduce erosion and support the ecological and recreational use of the irrigation ditches in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bio: Emily Vogler is a landscape architect whose work negotiates ecological and urban systems, aesthetics and performance, design and research to create a more just, creative and resilient land use system.  Her research, design and teaching investigate social-ecological systems surrounding water, ecology, community, infrastructure and climate uncertainty.  With funding from the National Science Foundation, Vogler is currently part of a team of researchers investigating aging dam infrastructure in New England. Prior to teaching at RISD she was a senior project Manager at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, where she was the project designer for the winning entry of the ARC Wildlife Crossing Design Competition and the Bloomingdale Trail.  She was the 2010 National Olmsted Scholar and served on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation from 2011-2014.

January 24
Anita Bakshi, Rutgers University, Instructor of Landscape
Architecture and Lecturer for CHAPS
Beyond Statue Removal and Additive History:
Story, Narrative, and Voice in Memorial Landscapes

Abstract: It is the political imperative of art to confront difficult aspects of the past, in order to transform the aesthetics of the medium itself, and, more importantly, to transform thought.  This assertion gets to the core of why commemorative and cultural heritage sites require the development of richer design practices. The abstract visual and design languages often used at monuments and memorials employ conservative aesthetic approaches which have conservative political implications.  As such, they often do not enable confrontation or transformation.  Rather, this is an art that is more suited to supporting and affirming existing thoughts and beliefs. In this talk, Anita Bakshi argues that a new poetics of commemoration can be sought by working with non-visual aspects of design and with an understanding of cognition and perception. 

Bio: Anita Bakshi is the author of Topographies of Memories: A New Poetics of Commemoration (2017).  She teaches in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University and is affiliated with the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) Program. Following several years in architectural practice in Chicago, California and Istanbul, she received her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from Cambridge University with the Conflict in Cities Research Programme.

January 31
Claire Agre, Principal in Charge and Senior Landscape Architect
West 8 New York
Waste Not: Recent West 8 Works

Abstract: West 8 has led the vanguard of landscape design and urbanism for three decades. As landscape architects and urban designers, the West 8 team consistently finds optimistic and innovative ways to weave contemporary culture, narrative, and joy into forgotten urban places. Pragmatic re-utlization of resources and reimagined terrains becomes the foundation of 21st century iconic landscapes. In her lecture Claire Agre will highlight some of West 8’s North American portfolio, from the renaissance of an abandoned urban island to the leveraging of waste to rebuild eroding coastlines.

Bio: Claire Agre is a Principal and Senior Landscape Architect at West 8 New York. With a background in field ecology and the fine arts, she brings a broad skill set and conceptual clarity to projects of all scales and typologies. As one of the founding designers of West 8’s New York office, Claire has led design for a diverse portfolio, including Miami Beach Soundscape, the Master Plan and Hills phase of Governors Island Park and Public Spaces, the 1000-acre, 40-year Master Plan for Longwood Gardens, and the winning entry for Changing Course—an interdisciplinary, international design competition seeking solutions for the disappearing Lower Mississippi Delta.

Claire holds degrees in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University, and received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. A clear and compelling speaker, she has taught and lectured at Harvard GSD, University of Toronto, and Rhode Island School of Design.

February 7
Janice Parker, Principal of Janice Parker Landscape Architects
Creating Landscapes – Vision & Process

Abstract: In her well-rounded career as a landscape architect, horticultural specialist, garden consultant, teacher, floral designer and speaker, Janice Parker has distinguished herself by rethinking accepted landscape practices and developing inventive, personal solutions for difficult problems.  In this lecture Parker recalls her experience and practice, through case studies and anecdotes and offers unique personal insights into the design process.  The presentation features breathtaking photography augmented by color renderings, inspiring artworks, brief videos and plans.

Bio: Award-winning landscape architect Janice Parker, RLA, ASLA has dedicated her creative life to the pursuit of craft, quality, innovation and art.  Originally from New York City she has always been drawn to the natural world. “I knew every tree on my street and to this day my favorite landscapes are along the Hudson River. My very first memory is of a flower.”  Her work has been heavily influenced by the classical teachings of her artist peers.  Since creating Janice Parker Landscape Architects in 1984, Janice has cultivated the firm to one of national prominence.  Under her guidance, the firm has been honored with multiple awards, including: the 2017 Stars of Design Award for Landscape Design, the 2017 New England Design Hall of Fame, the 2016 Stanford White Award for Garden Design, the 2015 Professional Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the 2012 National Palladio Award for Landscape Architecture.

As an active member of the Stewardship Council for The Cultural Landscape Foundation her notable career has embodied the essence of stewardship through education.  To that end Janice actively mentors, lectures and volunteers.  She has taught Landscape Design and Construction Detailing at the New York Botanical Gardens and New York Horticultural Society and has lectured at the Parrish Art Museum, Boscobel House and Gardens, New Canaan Nature Center, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich Garden Center and the New York Horticultural Society.

February 14
Stephen Ervin, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Assistant Dean for Information Technology and Director of
Computer Resources
The Changing Digital Landscape: Ten New(ish) Things

Abstract: Computational approaches in design –  largely summed up as “CAD, GIS, the Internet, and digital media” – transformed the design disciplines, and design education, in the twenty years from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s.  The more recent two decades have seen an explosion of derivative, related, and emergent braided currents of technologies and practices.  In his lecture, Stephen Ervin discusses ten promising, intriguing, and potentially challenging current examples of these developments, with attention to their impacts on the disciplines of landscape architecture and urban design.

Bio: Stephen M. Ervin is Assistant Dean for Information Technology at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Director of Computer Resources, and lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  He holds an MLA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA).  His current interests include Geodesign, innovation in digitally enabled design teaching and learning, and coding and algorithmic design.
A pioneer in applications of computing in landscape architecture, planning and design, Ervin is the author of numerous articles, including “Digital Landscape Modeling, a Research Agenda” and the book, co-authored with Hope Hasbrouck, Landscape Modeling: Digital Techniques for Landscape Visualization (McGraw Hill 2001).

February 21
William Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard
University and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary
Plants in a Designed World: The Civic and Scholarly Importance
of the Arnold Arboretum in the Twenty-First Century

Abstract: What, precisely, is an arboretum?  A botanical garden?  Public park?  Safe harbor for threatened species?  Museum collection of living objects?  Place to help define relationships between humans and other forms of life?  Locus of social and economic justice?  William Friedman will discuss the diverse roles that university-based gardens can play at local and global scales through an examination of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University - a unique hybrid between eminent academic institution and beloved park within Boston’s Olmsted-designed Emerald Necklace.  Driven by acute threats to plant diversity in the face of human-induced environmental change, the Arnold Arboretum is forging ahead with major initiatives in biodiversity and conservation efforts.  At the same time, as a cultural institution that is free and open to all, the Arnold Arboretum is rethinking and reinvigorating its important roles in social and economic justice in Boston.  In this presentation, William Friedman will discuss the global and local ambitions of the world’s most wonderful collection of woody plants.

Bio: William (Ned) Friedman is an organismic and evolutionary biologist who studies the origin and early diversification of flowering plants.  Friedman’s studies have fundamentally altered century-old views of the earliest phases of the evolution of flowering plants, Darwin’s so-called “abominable mystery.”  He is also deeply interested in the history of early (pre-Darwinian) evolutionary thought.  As Director of the Arnold Arboretum, Friedman has worked to expand the Arboretum’s societal impact through diverse initiatives in public programming, enhanced communication between scientists and the public, and a reinvigoration of the long-standing relationship between the Arboretum and the biodiversity of Asia.  In early 2016, after four years of extensive planning, a ten-year initiative was launched to shape and augment the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum for the next century.  Plant exploration around the globe will bring 400 species of woody plants, including many threatened with extinction, to this Frederick Law Olmsted-designed botanical garden in Boston.

February 28
Laura Lawson, Rutgers University, Dean of Agricultural and Urban
Programs and Professor of Landscape Architecture
Richard Alomar, Rutgers University, Assistant Professor of Landscape
Design as Democracy

Abstract: By bringing community members to the table with designers, we can collectively create vibrant, important places in cities and neighborhoods that fulfill urgent needs of the community, achieve environmental justice, and inspire long-term stewardship. The book, Design as Democracy (Island Press, 2017) intends to reinvigorate democratic design through framing the need, providing inspirational techniques, and sharing case stories in a range of contexts.  Laura Lawson will speak to the origins of the book project and its framing to address various stages in the design and implementation process, while Richard Alomar will speak to his technique, “sketching together.” Together they will discuss how the book can be used and their hopes for its connection to our profession.

Richard Alomar, ASLA, RLA, CLARB, is a landscape architect, and assistant professor of landscape architecture at Rutgers University. His landscape architecture work as a professional landscape architect and a researcher explores the connections between concepts and implementation.  Alomar uses sketching as an exploratory tool to observe the environment, record impressions and develop ideas on space, place and design. His research focus is on the use of sketching as a toll for engagement and public outreach. He holds a B.S. in agronomy from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and an M.L.A from Louisiana State University.

Laura Lawson, Ph.D, is Dean of Agriculture and Urban Programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  She received her Masters in Landscape Architecture and Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research includes historical and contemporary urban agriculture and community open space.  Her scholarship includes City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America (2005), Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (co-author with Hou and Johnson; 2009), Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (co-authored with de la Pena, Allen, Hester, Hou, and McNally, 2017), and numerous articles and chapters in edited books. Dr. Lawson’s teaching focuses on social and cultural issues in design and planning, participatory design, and the public landscape.

Gernot Riether, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Director of the School of Architecture
Digital Design Build Studio

Abstract: This talk will present a series of projects from the Digital Design Build Studio. The talk will use these explorations to discuss a model of operation for architecture schools in the context of a profession that has been disrupted by digital technology. Talking about some projects in more detail will illustrate the findings of the experimentation with different polymers. The discussion will also highlight the social aspect of these interventions and illustrate how coalitions between non-profit organizations, developers, industry and municipalities may benefit and impact their communities.

Bio: Gernot Riether is the Director of the School of Architecture and Associate Professor at the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  In his Digital Design-Build Studio he and his students are researching new novel computer controlled fabrication and manufacturing methods. He previously taught at Kennesaw State University, Ball State University, ENSA Paris-La Villette, Georgia Tech, NYIT and Barnard College at Columbia University and is lecturing internationally.

His Digital Design Build Studio won competitions such as the design of the AIA Pavilion for the American Institute of Architects in New Orleans with a hydroponic spherical enclosure made of environmentally friendly polymers. The studio was commissioned for projects such as a public installation for the Nuit Blanche Festival in Paris where he took cues from biology to digitally create a lightweight structural envelope for a pavilion in which interactive art projects were displayed.

March 14 & March 21
No Lectures (Spring Recess & CELA)

March 28
Outstanding Alumni Award 2018 | Rutgers LA
John Donnelly, Technical Principal at SCAPE Landscape
Designing Resilient Edges in New York City

Abstract: Now more than ever, the design and construction of in-water infrastructure, public shorelines, and landscape spaces requires nimble approaches by multidisciplinary teams of professional in a complex regulatory environment.  Utilizing current technologies and drawing on expertise in horticulture, ecology and urban design, SCAPE’s designs focus on addressing climate change, habitat loss, and social inequity with dynamic, engaging solutions.  John will present 3 of SCAPE’s current projects that directly address issues of coastal resilience, designing public space along the shoreline, and constructing landscapes within the floodplain.

Bio: John Donnelly is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) and SCAPE’s Technical Principal.  He leads the management, documentation, and construction of the studio’s major built work projects in the New York region, nationally, and internationally. Currently, John is leading the design of Be’er Sheva Quarry Park in Israel, the New Stapleton Waterfront Park project, and the construction administration of the forthcoming First Avenue Water Plaza.  In his 12 years of professional practice, John’s work has included the design, documentation and implementation of award-winning streetscapes, mixed use developments, waterfront parks, masterplans, recreation trails and a variety of projects on structure.  John Donelly graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

April 4
Trinidad Rico, Rutgers University, Director of CHAPS – Cultural
Heritage and Preservation Studies Program
Trees, Mosques, and Malls: The Heritage Landscapes of Qatar

Abstract: The State of Qatar seems to be dominated by rapidly growing modern urban landscapes. But behind the actual and perceived newness, there is a strong attachment to tradition and pre-modern ideals that stand in tension with rapid urbanization, modernization and cosmopolitanism. These tensions are expressed more tangibly through a growing heritage industry that attempts to navigate and reconcile competing cultural, historical, and religious values. In this talk, Trinidad Rico draws from five years of ethnographic work on heritage preservation practices in Qatar to discuss some of the types of heritage subjects that emerge in the narrative of cultural self-representation in this country, and what these tell us about the study of heritage preservation in non-Western contexts.

Bio: Assistant Professor Trinidad Rico holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University. Her areas of research in critical heritage studies include risk and disasters, ethnographic heritage and ethics, and the vernacularization of heritage discourses and expertise. Her current research projects focus on the mobilization of Islamic values in the Arabian Peninsula and the study of heritage and secrecy in South America. She is co-editor of Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula (Ashgate, 2014) and Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (University Press of Colorado, 2015); as well as author of Constructing Destruction: Heritage narratives in the tsunami city (UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series, Routledge 2016). She is also founding editor of the series Heritage Studies in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan) and editor of the first volume of the series, The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents (2017).

April 11
Marc Appelmans, senior landscape architect and urban planner at SumProject+SumResearch (Belgium).
Re-landscaping the Heart of our Cities - The Case of the Brussels Pedestrian Zone as a Motor for Urban Regeneration

Abstract: After the urban exodus of the past decades, the urban population in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, started to increase again in the last years, partly because people are bored to commute every day. New urban communities settle in European city centers which were abandoned for many years. And cities want to attract the new middle class. Living in the city center becomes fashionable again! The development of the historical grands boulevards (Haussmann style) of Brussels as a longitudinal pedestrian park system initiates a complete make-over of the city center. The project has been developed in concertation with all stake holders and direct users with more space for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport as a result.
The ‘Grands Boulevards project’ of Brussels provides space for new experiences and practices, such as strolling around, playing games, sports, encounters, ... The boulevards are no longer a barrier difficult to cross; in contrary, they become an integrating and welcoming public space… After a long and difficult development process, the project is now under construction and by the end of June 2018 the first part will be opened to the public.

Bio: Marc Appelmans studied landscape architecture and urban planning in Brussels, Belgium. He specialized also in landscape conservation in Munich, Germany, and art history at the ASSA in Fontainebleau, France. During his training, he has been deeply influenced by the ‘Dutch’ way of tackling large landscaping projects where studies were always worked on with multidisciplinary teams associating landscape architects and urban planners, sociologists, biologists, traffic engineers and planners of all kind.
As from the start of his career at ‘M+R’, in the 1980s, Marc Appelmans worked on many regional and international planning studies in the European context as well as on local development plans - always in a multidisciplinary planning context, which until today is a kind of ‘fil rouge’ for his approach. Nowadays he works on consultancy commissions at the ‘environmental planning’ department of ‘Sum’ named ‘SumResearch’ dealing with long term planning (planning of urban fringes, the development of urban agriculture, management plans for historical sites, neighborhood regeneration programs in deprived urban areas, …).  For the project-related department ‘SumProject’ he is directly working on urban landscape and urban design projects such as major infrastructure projects in France and in Belgium.

April 18
The Margaret O. Cekada Memorial Lecture *
Erik Dhont, Principal of Erik Dhont Landscape Architects
Reinventing the Existing: Creating a New Logic in Historic Places
6:30 pm meet and greet, 7:00 pm lecture

Abstract: Erik Dhont sees garden making a form of art, and he embraces it with imagination in order to give the clients a place to dream. Gardens are places to enjoy and appreciate, as well as places to grow and unwind. No matter the commission is to restore an old garden or to build a new one, the design emphasis is always on discovering and conceptualizing elements from the past based on the practical demands imposed by the present, from playing, cultivating to healing. Functionality is balanced with a fine-tuned aesthetic that remains sensitive to the needs of daily use, the chosen plant material, the environmental concerns and the surrounding landscapes. For Erik the essential goal of the garden and landscape is to make sure that the strongest element is there: you look, you observe, you take time.  Over the years Erik Dhont has developed a style that remains personal, distinctive and instantly recognizable. Organic shapes on paper are translated into sculptural forms on site which would gain their patina as time goes by and the garden matures. It is this sense of rhythm—moments of the day, seasons of the year, and periods of life—that Dhont strives to highlight in his design. And his garden space is where this sense of rhythm is embodied and being performed. 

Bio: Since the beginning of the practice in 1989, Erik Dhont has worked on a wide variety of projects, and established a client base throughout continental Europe, and beyond in Russia and the US. Commissions from private individuals, public bodies and commercial institutions have echoed a wide range of contemporary demands and challenges, meanwhile have provided platforms for continuous creativity: How would modern taste coexist with historical context? How would 2D-graphic layout transform into 3D-dimensional place making? How would abstract sculpture dialogue with classical topiary? How would furniture and horticulture illuminate one another? Such questions are explored from various angles in various means—drawing, collage, model, installation, dance, film, and first of all, gardens. Recent commissions include several private gardens in Switzerland and France, a sculpture garden in California and a shore garden in the Azores. The office also works on social and urban development projects in Brussels.

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
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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
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

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
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

Feb 25, 2009
Richard Hurley Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science
Landscape Industry Lecture
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

March 4, 2009
Richard Garber NJIT, Dept. of Architecture & GRO Architects NYC
Simulate, then Make
Wednesday 4:00-4:55 PM
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

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
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

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
Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110

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.

Fall 2005 Lecture Series  

7 Sept
Welcome Back/Boston Preview
LA Dept Picnic

14 Sept
Kathy Poole, ASLA,
Integrating Ecology and Design: Metrics, Perseverance, and Planting Seeds

21 Sept
Tom Dallessio, Regional Plan Association
Regional Planning: From the Highlands to America 2050 The Fall 2005 Environmental Planning Lecture

28 Sept
Dean Cardasis, FASLA
Director, James Rose Center
Maverick Impossible: James Rose and the Modern American Garden

5 Oct
The Fall 2005 Environmental Geomatics Lecture and UCGIS Regional Gathering
Mark Gahegan, GIS and Visualization

12 Oct
Down and D.I.R.T.y: Amplifying the Existing
Chris Fannin, DIRT

19 Oct
The Fall 2005 Landscape Industry Lecture
Thomas Doty
Municipal Forester, Millburn Township

26 Oct
Spring 2006 Advising Session

2 Nov
Donna Hutchinson and Carter Van Dyke
Carter Van Dyke Associates

9 Nov
Germany Summer Program
Student Reports

16 Nov
Cynthia Nikitin
Project for Public Spaces, Inc.
What Makes Parks Work?

30 Nov
The Nature Conservancy:
Preserving the Diversity of Life on Earth
Tom Wells