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Friday, January 20, 2017

A Conversation for the Ages: JR Interviews Two Design Icons

On October 22, 2016, it was my distinct privilege to moderate a very rare conversation between William "Bill" Johnson and Peter Walker, two legendary designers whose ideas and work had a profound influence on the field of landscape architecture over six decades.  From their early days as Harvard classmates to the present, their work pushed the boundaries of the profession outward to embrace broad contextual concerns and inward to new artistic heights.  As collaborators, they have sought to explore the potentially rich interface between these areas.  They expanded our vision, and continue to challenge and inspire us.

The interview was the Opening General Session of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), held in New Orleans, before an audience of over three thousand.  ASLA had the foresight to record the session as a high quality video, which can now be made available to design professionals, students and scholars now and it perpetuity.  I'm very grateful to ASLA for the opportunity, and excited to share this remarkable conversation with all of you.

HERE'S THE LINK:  Shared Wisdom: Legacy, Practice and Partnership

James Richards, Bill Johnson and Peter Walker in New Orleans for "Shared Wisdom" interview.

Awesome Sketching Workshops in Canada!

Patti and I have just completed three days of our concept sketching, location sketching and rapid visualization workshops for the Northern Alberta School of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton.  Sub-zero temperatures didn't slow things down in the least! The majority of attendees were landscape architecture students, but we also had graphic design, interior design, architecture, languages and journalism students.  Some faculty and a local Urban Sketcher attended as well.  This was our third year at NAIT; it's an honor to have been invited and to leave students who are inspired and excited about sketching as a path to discovery! Thanks to all who attended, and to the leadership team who planned the event--it was a blast!