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Longwood Gardens Designing Water Symposium

Already registered for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference in Philadelphia this October? Visit two days earlier for Designing Water, a major symposium on October 17-18, 2018 where international scholars and practitioners will convene at Longwood Gardens to share local perspectives and global interests and concerns surrounding the relationship of design and water across time, space, and scale. 


A collaboration between the American Academy in Rome (AAR) and Longwood Gardens and led by chief curator Julia Czerniak, Designing Water is intended for professionals interested in and involved in the designing, planning, and managing of water systems in the landscape. Designing Water brings together academic leaders and world-renowned design practitioners from Asia, Europe, and North America. Highlights of the 22 speakers include: Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA, Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Adriaan Geuze, Prof., Ir., RLA, OALA, Founding Partner and Design Director, West 8; Christophe Girot, Head of the Institute of Landscape Architecture, Dean Elect at the Department of Architecture of the ETH in Zürich; Dorothée Imbert, Professor, Hubert C. Schmidt ’38 Chair in Landscape Architecture, The Ohio State University; and Kongjian Yu, FASLA, Changjiang Chair Professor of Design, Peking University College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, President and Principal Designer, Turenscape. Each presenter will bring their local perspectives to truly global interests and concerns—such as ecology, aesthetics, meaning, and public space— as they assemble at Longwood Gardens in the picturesque Brandywine Valley, 30 miles outside of the city’s center.


Designing Water includes two days of discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities, as well as a tour of Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Garden, an Illuminated Fountain Show, an opening night dinner, and breakfast and lunch the following day. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required at Designing Water carries 10.25 hours of LA CES™ approved professional development credits.

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