June 17, 2022

In Memoriam, Gerald Marston

The Knowlton School is saddened to report the passing of Gerald (Gerry) Carter Marston, an associate professor in landscape architecture who taught at The Ohio State University.

Gerry had a long and distinguished career as a landscape architect. He taught landscape architecture at the University of Delaware and at The Ohio State University from 1973 to 1981. While he thoroughly enjoyed challenging students to think and be creative about landscape architecture, he left the University to practice his profession. He joined Edward D. Stone, Jr., and Associates in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he worked from 1981 to 1985. Gerry became a Senior Associate with Sasaki Associates, Inc., in Coral Gables, Florida from 1985 to 1991. After Sasaki closed its Florida office, he joined Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC (WRT) starting 1991. In 2005, Gerry received the prestigious designation as a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for his body of work in the field. He retired from WRT as a Principal in 2010 when WRT closed its Florida office. Shortly thereafter in 2010, Gerry joined Curtis + Rogers Design Studio as Director of Design.

As noted in his nomination as ASLA Fellow, “Gerry’s work demonstrates his belief that people’s experience of places—both in the private and public realms—should be a source of inspiration…Projects for which [Gerry] served as the lead designer are often described as bold, whimsical, and inspired. His work celebrates the experiential possibilities in the connective tissue between buildings…He makes places that people remember.” Gerry was an incredible mentor and influential in the careers of many young as well as seasoned landscape architects.

His notable projects included Ocean City Boardwalk, Maryland; Overtown Pedestrian Mall (Miami, Florida); Disney Contemporary Resort Meeting Facility in Disney World, Florida; Orlando Centroplex (Orlando, Florida); Estero Streetscape, Ft. Myers, FL; Dayton Plaza of Flight, Dayton, Ohio; Viscaya Museum & Gardens Master Plan and Orchidarium, Miami, Florida; FBI Headquarters in Miramar, Florida, Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Landscape Master Plan; and Miami International Airport Landscape Master Plan. 

Gerry was born on June 7, 1945, in Detroit, but grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He was a graduate of Michigan State University with honors in 1969. He graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1972. Gerry is survived by his son, Greg, his grandsons, Carter and Gavin, and his sister, Kathie Arnold and his brother, James (Jim) Marston.