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Larger Landscapes
September 4, 2013 - 5:30pm

Ken Smith will present the lecture ‘Larger Landscapes’ in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30PM on Wednesday, September 4. The lecture is free and open to the public. ‘Larger Landscapes’ will focus on three of Smith's larger scale projects:

  • East River waterfront esplanade and piers in lower Manhattan
  • Croton Reservoir water treatment plant in the Bronx
  • Anaheim Packing District in California

Trained in both design and the fine arts, Ken Smith examines the relationship between art, contemporary culture and landscape in projects throughout the United States and around the world. He is the founder and principal of Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, with offices in New York and Irvine, California. The firm specializes in new expressions of landscape design through ‘projects that explore the symbolic content and expressive power of landscape as an art form.’

Smith received a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from Iowa State in 1976 and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1986. Prior to founding his own practice in 1992, he worked with the Iowa State Conservation Commission, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, Office of Peter Walker and Martha Schwartz, and Martha Schwartz Ken Smith David Meyer Inc.

Smith's many honors include several national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects; a National Park Service Site Design Merit Award, a P/A Design Award, a Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal, and three Excellence in Design Awards from the New York City Public Design Commission. He received the Design Achievement Award from the ISU College of Design in 2002.

Smith has taught and lectured at Harvard, the City College of New York, and other universities and institutions around the world. His work has been published widely in the popular and trade press, and his monograph of nearly 20 projects, "Ken Smith Landscape Architect" (Monacelli Press, 2009), received a 2010 ASLA Communications Honor Award. He serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York. Smith’s work is the topic of the second in the Source Books in Landscape Architecture series sponsored by the Knowlton School.


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