Glenstone Museum opens to critical acclaim!

 Iwan Baan

Iwan Baan

“The promenade from the Arrival Hall to the Pavilions will take at least seven minutes to walk and is part of the deliberate, if subtle, effort to get visitors to leave the bustle behind and set themselves up for a communion with the contemporary art. Although it is one connected building, the Pavilions reads as a series of discrete structures and suggests a timeless Italian hill town. The winding path produces a series of alternating glimpses of the museum, open and veiled, distant and near, until the path takes on the straight geometry of the museum’s architecture.”


Into the Woods featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine!


For Lickwar, the experience aligns with her continued exploration of ecology, productivity, and culture. For Donham, it’s a reminder that minimalism can be whimsical. “This garden conforms to my notion of minimalism in all ways except it’s super fun, too. It’s not dead.”

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Washington Post embeds with the Split-Rocker team!

Even if it were not alive, the sculpture known as “Split-Rocker” would be a mind-blowing thing. At 37 feet high and set atop a domed hill, it is surely the most playful if not wondrous piece of artwork at Glenstone, the world-class private art museum on 200 acres in Potomac, Md. 

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Into the Woods accepted into Chaumont Festival!

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We are excited to announce that we have been invited to create a garden in collaboration with FORGE Landscape Architecture at the 2018 Festival international des Jardins at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire. Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges's 1941 adventure in interconnected realities, "an infinite series of times, a growing, dizzying web of divergent, convergent and parallel times," Into the Woods employs groves of fast-growing forest species and an irregular grid of slow-to-decay shou sugi ban beams to create a woodland which disorients visitors in space and time.

Gothamist explores Ridgewood Reservoir!

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"One of the most amazing things about the place is how dense and varied the vegetation has grown over the past twenty-five years, with some 175 species of plants providing shelter to 125 species of birds, as well as raccoons, possums, lizards, and rabbits. Another fun fact: It's home to one of the few birch forests in the area."

Learn more from Gothamist and on our project page.

Roadway Futures storms ASLA Annual Meeting

SUN-A07 : Roadway Futures—Three Streets as Public Places for People
As a public resource representing as much as 80% of the outdoor space of the built environment, the road network is critical territory for landscape architects. Using three recent roadway projects as case-studies, we will explore the political, design, and construction challenges of transforming roads into public places for people.

Sunday, October 22, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Room: 403


Rebecca Hill takes Los Angeles!

Watch out L.A., here comes one badass landscape architect ready to whip your public realm into shape! Rebecca will be teaching Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism students at USC's School of Architecture while she plots her next move.

It's been clear since Rebecca submitted the grant application for our first collaboration just 2-days after the birth of her son that Rebecca's perseverance is off the charts. She is always ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work. No matter the challenge--developing a narrative for forgotten urban infrastructure, building community consensus, or trimming a construction budget--Rebecca jumps at the opportunity to find the smartest solution.

For all this and more, it is with a heavy heart that we bid Rebecca farewell and best of luck on the left coast.


RAFT featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine

What does it really take to launch your own design firm? Writer Kevan Williams spent a long time answering this question for “Start Your Engines”—about a year and half all told. With so much reporting, what got left out was nearly as interesting as what made it in. We sent out questionnaires to about two dozen firms and got some very provocative (and moving) responses back. Though we could only use an extract in the print version, there’s always room for more online:

Matt Donham speaks at Fay Jones School of Architecture

Matt Donham will present a lecture at 5 p.m. Monday, March 13, in Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design lecture series.

In his lecture, titled "Multiple Simultaneous Trajectories," Donham will discuss the necessity of balancing multiple competing purposes, which can include the interests of the public and the entity footing the bill to build the public realm.

Landscape architecture can be simple, with practitioners composing tangible objects in the world. Designers select materials, position trees, ensure drainage and make paths universally accessible. The practice also can be complex, supporting or inhibiting the success of a species. It can improve places, but sometime those places are improved so much that the people they were designed for are displaced in the process. This lecture will address the multiple simultaneous trajectories at work in landscape architecture.