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RSVP to Olmsted 200’s Symposium on Campus Design in Washington, D.C.

Symposium: The Olmsteds and Campus Design | Olmsted 200

In the wake of the Civil War, American universities emerged as important national institutions. Frederick Law Olmsted, his sons, and successors believed that the physical environment of learning— meaning the buildings and grounds— played a significant role in the success of education. Olmsted planned campuses for Cornell, Stanford, and Trinity College, while the firms undertook projects at scores of institutions including Duke, Sewanee, Colby College, Harvard, Gallaudet, Wellesley, Swarthmore, and Johns Hopkins.

On October 27, practitioners and scholars will meet in Washington, D.C. for a day-long symposium highlighting the Olmsteds’ perspective on campus planning and how their principles can inform campus design today. 

Symposium: The Olmsteds and Campus Design will open with coffee and pastries at 8 am ET, followed by opening remarks by the National Association for Olmsted Parks and keynote speaker Laurie Olin, FASLA, founder of OLIN Studio and a member of the Olmsted 200 Honorary Committee.

Other speakers include:

  • Frederick Steiner, FASLA, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
  • Cathy Blake, FASLA, University Landscape Architect, Stanford University
  • Mark Hough FASLA, University Landscape Architect, Duke University
  • Michael Vergason, FASLA, founder of Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
  • Jennifer Reut, Ph.D, acting editor, Landscape Architecture Magazine

Interested in joining us? Register today. COVID-19 protocols will be in place. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and access to an evening reception. 

This event is one of many programs dedicated to celebrating Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy during Olmsted 200. Our bustling calendar includes virtual and in-person events across the county...and even the world! Visit our calendar. To learn more about Olmsted 200, visit and find us on social media

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