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“The architecture side of landscape architecture in the Hilgard Garden makes the space. In the manner of earth art or the best public plazas, the multifaceted walls create places to perch, wander, admire views, and yet still soak up the pleasures of nurturing plants.”  – Flora Grubb

Antique Timber Usage and Design

Load-bearing antique (200 year old) White Oak timbers, the primary structural members for the new additions on the Expansion Pack, add material warmth and a contextualizing element to the project.  Timber framing is ever-present in the local vernacular architecture of…

  • July 24, 2017

Maturity involves everything from mastering the technical, legal and economic intricacies of building to seeing the full turn of the wheel in architectural style from modernism to antimodernism [to visual complexity], with an accumulation of information and perspective that are the chief rewards of passing time.  It involves living–the most valuable experience of all.

PennDesign’s Design Weekly showcases MBA

Leading by Design explores the work of PennDesign alumni, faculty members, and supporters of the School who are expanding the practice of art and design to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Mary Barensfeld (M’Arch’06, MLA’06) likes honesty and…

  • November 14, 2018

MBA Wins AAP Award!

MBA Wins American Architecture Bronze Prize 2016 for Landscape Architecture/Gardens!

  • October 22, 2016

K.I.S. Shelving Unit

KEEP IT SIMPLE SHELVING UNIT  (K.I.S.) A Customizable, Universal, Cost-Effective, DIY Shelving prototype. A universal design ethos drives the K.I.S. Shelving Unit.  Inherent in the design are tenets of: material efficiency simplicity of design adaptability and re-use use of current…

  • January 6, 2016

Hilgard Garden Wins 2015 ASLA Award!

Hilgard Garden has been awarded an American Society of Landscape Architects Award, Northern California Chapter  (link here) for top Residential Design.

  • May 7, 2015
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Dan Kiley’s Sarah Scaife Sculpture Court

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA The elfin behavior of Dan Kiley belies a vast trove of work generated by a complex mix of intuitive design and gridded modernism.  Kiley’s oeuvre; both forthright and elegant, rises to the forefront of…

  • March 10, 2014
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That Which is Beautiful

Whatever any one does or says, [I] must be good, just as if the gold, the emerald, or the purple were always saying this: Whatever any one does or says, [I] must be emerald and keep my colour. Everything which…

  • March 2, 2014