Campus Planning & Design

Field Session

FS-011 - University of Pennsylvania Campus—A Cultural and Environmental Legacy

Friday, October 19
8:15 AM - 12:30 PM


This field session showcases Penn's 300-acre campus, with more than 180 buildings and 100 acres of landscaped lawns, gardens, and athletic fields designed by notable landscape architects and designers over time. It highlights the iconic spaces, recent projects, and new directions in landscape design and ecological management currently under way at Penn.

Learning Objectives:

Robert Lundgren, ASLA

University Landscape Architect
University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Lundgren has a background in Plant Science and Fine Arts from the University of Delaware; and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked at Olin and Andropogon and now has been at Penn for 30 years working within the Facilities Division shepherding a variety of landscape projects across campus. He is an artist, an award winning designer and avid naturalist. His responsibilities at Penn include research, campus planning, garden design, ecological and environmental management initiatives, bicycle planning, and maintenance protocols.


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Chloe Cerwinkia, Affil. ASLA

Landscape Planner
University of Pennsylvania


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Karen M. Skafte, ASLA

Ground Reconsidered

Karen Skafte, ASLA and principal at Ground Reconsidered, moved to Philadelphia after completing her degree at The University of Virginia. Her design and detailing skills were nurtured and honed while initially working at Olin and now as a principal at Ground Reconsidered. Karen aspires to joyful rigor in her award-winning work, focusing on urban public realm and campus environments.


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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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José Almiñana, FASLA, SITES AP

Andropogon Associates

José has been instrumental in the development of industry-wide standards and landscape performance metrics that place landscape architects at the core of the sustainability movement. He has been a significant part of the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), which aims to shift traditional land development and management practices towards the preservation and provision of ecosystem services. Beyond SITES, José and his colleagues at Andropogon have completed multiple LEED and Living Building Challenge projects and are advocating for robust, post-ocupation monitoring and adaptive management programs that are critical to making sure our designs perform as intended.


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Grace Herman

Landscape Architect
Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc.

Grace Herman is a registered landscape architect at the firm of Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc. She holds a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from Thomas Jefferson University (formally known as Philadelphia University) as well as a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has been practicing in the field for six years and has worked on a variety of projects, including Longwood Gardens' Meadow Garden, Dow Gardens' Whiting Forest, and the Ecological Landscape Stewardship Plan for the University of Pennsylvania.


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FS-011 - University of Pennsylvania Campus—A Cultural and Environmental Legacy

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