Leading Landscape Architects Take Part in Exhibit and Lecture Series at LBIF

Jul 04, 2018
Photo by: supplied BAM Arts District TFANA Arts Plaza in Brooklyn is one of the projects designed by the Ken Smith Workshop. Smith is one of the guest lecturers at LBIF.

“Landscape Design Architecture: The Coast” exhibition and lecture series, now at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies, combines art, architecture, science and learning as it addresses environmental issues of sustainability, resiliency, eco-preservation, particularly those that are critical to this region, Ocean County and the New Jersey coast.

The significance of art, science and design working together is showcased in the extensive exhibit in the Blai Galley, and the lecture series shines with internationally recognized leaders in landscape architecture. Their cutting edge projects all have a special focus on the coastal landscape, projects that have revolutionized environmental spaces.

On Sunday, July 8, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. meet four professionals as they discuss their projects and the trends in urban and smaller scale landscapes with moderator Jamie Hand.

Ken Smith, principal of the Ken Smith Workshop based in New York City, is one of the best known of a generation of landscape architects equally at home in the worlds of art, architecture and urbanism. Trained in both design and the fine arts, he explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture and landscape. Smith is committed to creating landscapes, especially parks and other public spaces, as a way of improving the quality of urban life such as the Muscle Beach channel gardens and the BAM Arts Plaza in Brooklyn.

Much of his work pushes beyond traditional landscape typologies – plaza, street and garden – to landscapes that draw on diverse cultural traditions and influences of the contemporary urban landscape. Smith’s approach is directed at projects of varying scales and types: temporary installations, private residential gardens, public spaces, parks and commercial projects. With a particular emphasis on projects that explore the symbolic content and expressive power of landscape as an art form, the Workshop specializes in the investigation of new expressions in landscape design.

Trevor Lee, from OLIN, has over 14 years of experience working both in the private and academic sectors. He has a wealth of public realm and urban planning expertise: In his previous position as associate at James Corner Field Operations, he led the concept phase of The High Line section 3 and the winning competition entry for Chicago’s Navy Pier. He also led the design of the Central Green in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard and was a senior designer for the Tsim Tsha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong, a waterfront nearly 1 mile long.

Lee completed a two-year fellowship with UPSTATE, Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, where he led studios focusing on the post-industrial landscape. He has taught studios at the University of Pennsylvania and worked with the artist Michael Singer, landscape architects Martha Schwartz Partners and previously with OLIN as a senior landscape designer in Philadelphia. At OLIN, Lee led the design team for the Yale University Forestry School Landscape, a LEED platinum project. He also was the lead designer for the Potomac Park Levee project in Washington, D.C.

OLIN’s celebrated projects include Bryant Park, Canary Wharf, Battery Park City, the J. Paul Getty Center and the Barnes Foundation. OLIN’s current work includes a comprehensive master plan for 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, the waterfront of downtown Alexandria, Va., and the competition-winning 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.

Joseph T. Sikora is the leader of Sikora Wells Appel with over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture, planning and urban design. He has been involved in a wide array of award-winning projects including university campuses, healthcare centers, mixed-use communities, public parks, memorials, roof gardens, residences and urban plazas. His design approach strives for innovative and timeless solutions with a focus on creating socially and ecologically sustainable places. Sikora has taught graduate and undergraduate design studios at Temple University and Rutgers University. He received a bachelor of landscape architecture from Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and is licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Kentucky.

Landscape architect and architect José M. Alumiñana is a principal in Andropogan Associates. On June 21, Andropogan received the 2018 Landscape Architect Firm award.

Alumiñana excels at thinking outside the box while still expressing the functional realities of innovative construction techniques. He creates sustainable designs that respond directly to each site’s resources. Regardless of project scale, he distills the site’s resources into functional, beautiful and environmentally responsible designs. Alumiñana is a visiting lecturer at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

This free lecture series continues on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  —P.J.

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