AN brings together the best landscape architecture conferences nationwide


Top architecture and design schools in the United States complement their lecture series programs with top thought leaders in landscape architecture and design. Form an ocean to another, A has selected six of these must-see conferences that address issues such as climate change, urban beautification, the ecology of memory, and more.

Check out the events below:

PRODUCTIVE RESURGENCES: the garden of the 21st century

Teresa Galí-Izard, director of Arquitectura Agronomia and associate professor at Harvard GSD, will give a lecture on October 28. (Courtesy of Arquitectura Agronomia)

Speaker: Teresa Gali-Izard
Harvard GSD, Gund Hall 112
October 28, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Teresa Gali-Izard is an associate professor at Harvard GSD as well as a landscape architect. Previously, she was chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia and is currently a director of the company. Agronomia Architecture. Her work explores the “hidden potential of places” and she seeks to “find a contemporary response that includes non-humans and their life forms by exploring climate, geology, natural processes, dynamics and management”.

LAEP Lecture Series and Film Screening with Lynden B. Miller

Speaker: Lynden B. Miller
112 Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley
October 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In 1982, Lynden B. Miller saved and restored The Conservatory Garden in Central Park. A designer of public gardens in New York, she has contributed to more than 45 public projects in the five boroughs, such as Bryant Park, the New York Botanical Garden and Madison Square Park. His 2009 book, Parks, plants and people: beautifying the urban landscape won the 2010 National Book Award from the Horticultural Society. This conference will include a screening of the new documentary American Landscapes by Beatrix Farrandwhich follows Lynden B. Miller as she explores the life of Beatrix Farrand, America’s first female landscape architect.

21st Annual New York Botanical Garden Landscape Design Portfolio Lecture Series

A park by the river with Manhattan in the background
Daniel Vasini’s firm, West 8, was one of the partners behind the Governor’s Island Master Plan, which completed Phase 2 in 2016. (Simplethrill/Creative Commons)

Speakers: Kim Wilkie, Daniel Vasini and Andrea Cochran
Scandinavian house
58 Park Avenue, New York, NY
October 7 and 21, November 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

While the first conference of this series has already passed, the second and third are coming. On October 21, Daniel Vasini will give a conference entitled Landscape transformations, highlighting innovative projects such as Governor’s Island, for which his company West 8 won an international design competition to complete the 87-acre master plan. On November 4, Andrea Cochran will take the stage with a conference entitled Immersive landscapes, in which she will discuss how she blurs the lines between the built and natural environment in her work.

Kate Orff: undoing the landscape

Public Sediment: Unlock Alameda Stream (Courtesy of SCAPE and the Public Sediment Team)

Speaker: Kate Orff
Scholastic’s Big Red Auditorium
120 Mercer Street, New York, NY
October 22, 7:00 p.m.

Kate Orff is the founder of SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design practice based in New York and now New Orleans. She is also the director of the MSAUD program at Columbia’s GSAPP. In this lecture series, the Architectural League of New York invites leading practitioners and educators to describe new ways of thinking and acting in the architecture and landscape architecture professions in the wake of the emergency climatic.

Lewis J. Clarke Lecture on Landscape Architecture: Sara Zewde

A green poster explains the topic of an upcoming landscaping conference at North Carolina State University
Flyer for NC State University’s Lewis J. Clarke Landscape Architecture Lecture Series. (Courtesy of North Carolina State University College of Design)

Speaker: Sara Zewde
Burns Auditorium, North Carolina State University
Boney Dr, Raleigh, North Carolina
October 16, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sara Zewde is the founding director of Studio Zewde, a design studio operating at the intersection of landscape, urbanism and public art. Zewde holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard GSD and a Masters in Urban Planning from MIT. She will discuss how narratives embedded in ecologies of memory provide opportunities for landscape architecture in the current context of climate change and political tensions.

Green infrastructure and livable cities

Speaker: Jack Leonard
Rutgers University
Room 112, 93 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ
October 16, 4 p.m.

Jack Leonard is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Sustainable Urban Communities Program in the School of Architecture + Planning at Morgan State University. He is also director of JGL Design Associates. This conference will raise questions such as how we define “liveability” in urban communities, as well as how we can focus on green infrastructure as playing a role in the social, cultural and economic revitalization of communities. urban.


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