International Design

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-A02 - Finding Design: Case Studies in the Creative Process

Sunday, October 21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: 114


Reaching beyond constraints of their sites, landscape architects often create works that are memorable in concept and realization. This session explores ways in which the creative spirit fuels the design process in the work of three landscape architects known for their inspired designs.

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Susan Cohen, FASLA

Susan Cohen Landscape Architect

A Connecticut landscape architect, Susan Cohen has taught in both the MLA program at the City College of New York and at the New York Botanical Garden, where she coordinates the Landscape Design Program. In 1998, she founded, and continues to coordinate, NYBG’s annual Portfolio Lecture Series, which brings international landscape architects to New York to share their work with a Metropolitan audience. Her book, THE INSPIRED LANDSCAPE, features the work of 21 landscape architects working in the U.S. and around the world. In 2016 she received the George A. Yarwood Award from Connecticut ASLA.


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James Corner, ASLA

James Corner Field Operations

James Corner is a landscape architect whose firm, Field Operations, is based in New York City, with offices in San Francisco, Philadelphia, London and Shenzhen. His deep interests in public life, social space, ecology and urbanism inform his firm’s approach to design, including distinguished works such as The High Line, Tongva Park, South Park at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Cleveland Public Square, and Chicago Navy Pier. James’s work has been recognized with the National Design Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, among others.


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Laurie D. Olin, FASLA

Prof in Practice Emeritus
Wietzman School of Desiign, Universiit y of Pennsylvania, Depaartmetn of Landscape Architecture

Laurie Olin is a founding partner of OLIN, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, whose projects include Bryant Park in New York, The J Paul Center Los Angeles, the grounds of the Washington Monument, in Washington DC, Director Park in Portland Oregon, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and Apple Park in Cuperitino, California. He is Professor in Practice Emeritus in the Department of Landscape Archtecture at University of Pennsylvania, where he taught for forty years. He is the recipient of the ASLA Medal for his distinguuisshed career and in 2008 President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Art.


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Beka Sturges, ASLA

Associate Principal
Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture

Beka Sturges received an MLA, with distinction, from Harvard Graduate School of Design and holds a BA in English from Sarah Lawrence College. Beka has participated in the design and implementation of the Old Quarry Residence in Guilford, Connecticut; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; and served as project landscape architect of the renewal/expansion of Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Beka received the Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship to research urban agriculture sites in South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia and serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art/Art History at Connecticut College.


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