Michel Desvigne Announced as 2014 Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor


Michel Desvigne will be the Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School during the Spring Semester 2014 . Desvigne is a landscape architect, internationally-renowned for his rigorous and contemporary designs and for the originality and relevance of his research work. His projects, developed in more than 12 different countries, are regularly published in the international press. While at Knowlton, Desvigne will teach the Glimcher Seminar in the school’s Landscape Architecture Section and give a public presentation on March 26 as part of the Baumer lecture Series. Design concepts created during the Glimcher Seminar will be developed into a Banvard Gallery exhibition that will open in late March.

Desvigne works with leading architects including Herzog and de Meuron, Foster+Partners, Jean Nouvel, Rem Koolhaas, Christian de Portzamparc, I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers. He was awarded the French national Urbanism Grand Prize in 2011. Among his most renowned urban public spaces are Draï Eechelen Park (Luxemburg), Sammons Park in Dallas (US), the Saint Louis Art Museum (US), the New Qatar National Museum in Doha, Burgos Boulevard (Spain), Lyon Confluence 2 and Ile Seguin prefiguration garden (France).

Recently, Desvigne was awarded the leading role in the planning and implementation of the Paris-Saclay cluster, the landscape and urban plan for the development of Euralens, as well as the redevelopment of the old port of Marseille, awarded “prix de l’aménagement urbain” in 2013.

For more than a decade, the Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professorship is held each year by an internationally acclaimed practitioner in the field of landscape architecture. Previous Glimcher Professors have included Adriaan Geuze, Tom Leader, Peter Walker and Michael Van Valkenburgh.