OHNY Talk: hardscape | softscape

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Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 10:00am

OHNY Talk: hardscape | softscape

Associate Principal at James Corner Field Operations and Lead Designer for the High Line Lisa Switkin discusses the design process from concept through execution in this free public lecture, as part of Open House New York weekend.

OHNY talks on the High Line are first come first served, RSVP's are not being collected for these events. OHNY talks will take place on the West side of the 14th Street passage on the High Line, just south of the 14th Street stair. Guests will be admitted until program is full.

Lisa Tziona Switkin is an associate principal at James Corner Field Operations with a BA in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Faculty Medal for Excellence and the ASLA Honor Award. In 2007-2008, she was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Lisa was the Design Project Manager and Lead Designer for the High Line from 2004-2007 and is currently overseeing work on Shelby Farms Park, a 4,500-acre new urban park in Memphis; Pier 11, a public pier on the Central Delaware Riverfront in Philadelphia; and South Street Seaport, a 9 acre mixed use development in downtown Manhattan with SHoP Architects. Lisa also worked on the open space master plan for Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus project with SOM and Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the master plan for Fresh Kills Park and the North Delaware Riverfront redevelopment plan. She has taught graduate level design studios in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and has lectured at universities, symposiums, foundations and institutions around the world. Prior to joining James Corner Field Operations, she worked as a landscape designer for W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in New York on design development for the West Harlem Waterfront Project; for Marpillero Pollak Architects in New York on schematic design for Eib’s Pond Park in New York, which won the ASLA Design Award and the AIA Staten Island Award in 2003; and for Abel Bainnson Butz in New York on construction documents for Hudson River Park. Prior to earning an MLA, she worked on economic development plans for Champaign, IL and community stabilization plans for East St. Louis neighborhoods.

This lecture is part of our participation in the annual Open House New York weekend.