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


Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. He has helped shape the legacy of his namesake firm OLIN through the design of timeless public spaces which celebrate social equity, natural systems, and urban life, including signature projects like Bryant Park in New York, the Washington Monument Grounds on the National Mall, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of the National Building Museum's Vincent Scully Prize, the Olana Foundation's Frederic Church Award, and the National Medal of Arts, bestowed by President Barack Obama.


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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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