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Monday, November 13, 5pm reception, 5:30 lecture – College of Architecture and Planning, 2nd Floor Gallery and Room 2005, 1250 14th Street, Denver


“Mountain to Shore: Redevelopment or Urban Infrastructure for the 21st Century Environment”

Susannah Drake, Principal, DLANDstudio

Susannah DrakeSusannah C. Drake is the founding principal of DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture, pllc, an award winning multi-disciplinary design firm. DLANDstudio is the recipient of National and International urban design awards from the AIA, ASLA and Chicago Athenaeum, among others. As one of very few designers of her generation with professional design qualifications in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Susannah paved the way for more synthetic thinking about urban ecological infrastructure. Susannah is the former President and Trustee of the New York ASLA and former Trustee of the Van Alen Institute. She is the author of “Elastic Landscape: Seeding Ecology in Public Space & Urban Infrastructure,” which was recently published in the collection of essays entitled Infrastruktururbanismus. Susannah received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College in 1987 and Master in Architecture and Master in Landscape Architecture degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1995.

Recent DLANDstudio works include the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™, a public open space system designed to absorb and remediate stormwater, the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Park, a temporary waterfront open space that attracted almost two hundred thousand visitors over thirteen weeks of operation in 2008, and the security for the New York City Police Department headquarters in Lower Manhattan. DLANDstudio’s current international work includes the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls outside of Lilongwe, Malawi and the design of a 1200 acre public park and resort development in Abuja, Nigeria. The firm’s Brooklyn Queens Expressway trench study and Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™ project are the recipients of numerous awards from the American Institute of Architecture and American Society of Landscape Architects.

Photo by Ann Billingsley Photography

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