20th Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series: Time, Place & Story: Design at the Crossroads: All Three Sections
For the 20th anniversary of this series, we invite you to hear from three innovative leaders in the field of contemporary landscape design. From the tireless advocacy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation to the timeless designs of Reed Hilderbrand and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the collective work of this year's speakers demonstrates a steadfast dedication to ensuring that the public has access to beautiful landscapes that heal the land, tell powerful stories, and celebrate history, culture, and ecology.

Change and Continuity with Charles Birnbaum October 1
As urban growth continues at a relentless pace, Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, believes it is crucial for landscape architects to weave a site's history into new designs, but not in ways that are nostalgic or staid. He points to the Lincoln Road Mall (Miami), the Russell Page Garden at The Frick Collection, the High Line, Peavy Plaza (Minneapolis), and Spain's Madrid RIO as engaging examples of how historic preservation can blend with modern design to showcase a city's unique cultural assets. The founder and CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), Birnbaum is also at the forefront of efforts to save significant works of landscape architecture, including Chicago's Olmsted and Vaux- designed Jackson Park and Washington, D.C.'s Modernist Pershing Park. Prior to establishing TCLF in 1998, Birnbaum served for 15 years as Coordinator of the National Park Service History Landscape Initiative. Currently a Visiting Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning + Preservation, he has authored and edited numerous publications and received many awards, most recently the ASLA Medal (2017).

Giving Voice to the Land with Beka Sturges October 15
"We gave the landscape voice... and turned the museum toward the land." This is how Reed Hilderbrand Principal Beka Sturges, ASLA, LEED AP, describes her firm's awardwinning expansion of The Clark Art Institute for which she served as landscape architect and manager. The Clark is just one of many high-profile projects Sturges has led—each one a powerful spatial demonstration of the cultural and environmental value of landscapes. This sensitive integration of architecture, ecology, and history can also be seen at The Mill, a residential project that draws inspiration from Eastern Connecticut's rolling terrain and agrarian traditions and unifies upland meadows with the stream and raceway of a ruined industrial mill. Similarly, Sturges's designed garden surrounding the Minimalist house at the Old Quarry (CT) reorders and manipulates the industrial site's own granite—refuse and bedrock—to create pathways and places within the rough remains. Thus, Old Quarry's essential character has been unearthed, not carpeted. Her other current work includes landscapes at Yale and Brown Universities, Boscobel House and Gardens, Storm King Art Center, and the four-acre Mill River Trail through the center of New Haven. A committed educator, Sturges teaches landscape studios at Connecticut College.

At the Interface of Ecology and Culture with Thomas Woltz November 5
For 20 years, Thomas Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, NZILA, has practiced landscape architecture at the intersection of art, ecology and culture. As the owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), he has led the design of public parks across North America, Australia and New Zealand, each design demonstrating NBW's commitment to extensive site research, community collaboration, native ecologies, and site history. The resulting designs restore the essential stories and ecologies of public lands while building inclusive, resilient parks for the future. In this talk, Woltz will present a selection of NBW's current work, including Hudson Yards (NYC), the Aga Khan Garden (Alberta, Canada), and Naval Cemetery Landscape (Brooklyn). These public landscapes demonstrate the broad range of the practice—from a highly engineered habitat atop an active train yard to an Islamic garden near the Arctic Circle to a restored meadow as memorial. Woltz continues to lead NBW's Conservation Agriculture Studio, partnering with landowners, scientists, and farm managers to restore farmland and create models for sustainable agriculture. In 2013 he was named Design Innovator of the Year by The Wall Street Journal and serves on the Board of Directors for The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the University of Virginia's School of Architecture Foundation.

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