The practice of landscape architecture
in historic contexts
An historic landscape, be it a garden, a city park, an academic campus, or a dense urban neighborhood, provides us with a deep insight into who we once were, how we have changed over time, and how we once saw ourselves in relation to our environment. Landscapes are an essential key to understanding our history, and yet in our efforts to preserve them for the future we often destroy the very vitality that makes them extraordinary.
I endeavor as a designer to balance two imperatives: to protect and reveal the physical traces of a site's history and development, while also respecting its inherent dynamism and vitality, and, where necessary, adapting it to new conditions and uses. My work does not seek to reconstitute a caricatured vision of the past, but rather to respectfully reveal something of each site’s nature, its uses, and the ideas it embodies, while leaving all of its poetry and vitality intact.
Over the past decade my landscape projects have ranged widely from design studies for the restoration or repurposing of historic landscapes, urban neighborhoods and campuses, to research and publication projects that reconstitute on paper the appearance or development of a given landscape over time. I have had the opportunity to work with public, institutional and private clients at all scales from the intimate to the grandiose. My projects are always based upon rigorous archival and cartographic research as well as a careful observation of the site. My projects invariably involve both sketching and hand drafted plans as well as Autocad and 3-D imaging programs which together allow me develop a layered understanding of the site's actual condition and its development over time.