Top Landscape Architects Visit CSU to Discuss Projects that Blend Natural and Built Environments

Five top landscape architects from across the country will visit Colorado State University this month to discuss their work designing high-profile parks and public spaces with students in the university’s well-known Landscape Architecture Program.

The presentations, from April 9 to 19, are part of the 20th annual Landscape Architecture Days Lecture Series; all the talks are free and open to the public.

The guests have designed well-known and highly visible projects throughout the United States and internationally, including Columbus Circle in New York City, Golden Gate Bridge Plaza in San Francisco, the Oakland Waterfront in California and, closer to CSU, the 16th Street Mall in Denver.

“These designers are at the very front edge of the landscape-architecture profession,” said Bradley Goetz, professor in the CSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. “There’s nothing better that we do in terms of giving students exposure to the profession. Programs like this give students something to aspire to.”

Landscape Architecture, with about 120 enrolled students, is a trademark program in the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences – the only accredited undergraduate degree program of its kind in the Western states of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana. CSU also offers a master’s degree in landscape architecture.

“This is an opportunity to hear from professionals who represent the highest standards, and to hear about contemporary thinking in design and practices,” said Benjamin Canales, a senior in landscape architecture who is helping to organize the event.

The CSU student chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects annually organizes LA Days. Helping to sponsor the lecture series are the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Associated Students of Colorado State University; the Lory Student Center is supporting the program with a Diversity Grant.

The following guest speakers will speak in Clark Building, Room A-103, starting at 6 p.m. on the dates listed:

April 9 – Laurie Olin, founding partner of OLIN, with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Awarded the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, Olin designed Columbus Circle in New York City and the 16th Street Mall in Denver.
April 10 – Christine Reed, Office of Cheryl Barton, based on San Francisco. Reed manages a variety of projects for the firm known for “green urbanism,” with work including GAP headquarters and McEnery Park in San Jose, Calif.
April 11 – James Lord, Surface Design, INC, of San Francisco. The firm is known for designs including the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza in San Francisco and public space adjoining the Museum of Steel in Monterrey, Mexico.
April 12 – Walter Hood, Hood Design, based in Oakland, Calif. Hood is known for designs that highlight community; his work includes space connected to the New de Young Museum in San Francisco and Splash Pad Park in Oakland.

The following lecture will begin at 6 p.m. April 19 in Pathology Building, Room 101

• Bradley Cantrell, associate professor and director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University. Cantrell is an expert in the use of digital imaging in landscape architecture and has written books including, “Modeling the Environment: Techniques and Tools for the 3D Illustration of Dynamic Landscapes.”