Jones Seminar: Creation of 21st Century Public Infrastructure—Beauty, Economics, Politics, Ecology

Susannah C. Drake, Principal, DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture, pllc

Friday, January 22, 2016, 3:30–4:30pm

Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall

Over the past 400 years, North America has been transformed by massive public and private works projects and technological innovations intended to facilitate commerce, public health, and development. While these projects generated tremendous wealth for the nation, the gains were often to the detriment of the environment. Given the realities of climate change, and increased public awareness of its consequences, we are at a unique moment where politics, economics, ecology, and culture (design) can all be part of a new movement. My design work develops new systems to transform infrastructure and urban design for a cleaner, greener future.

About the Speaker

Susannah Drake is the founding principal of DLANDstudio architecture and landscape architecture. The internationally recognized firm is the recipient of city, state and national AIA and ASLA awards for their urban design and landscape architecture work. In 2014, DLANDstudio won the New Practices New York award from the AIA. In 2013, Susannah was awarded the AIA Young Architects Award, Fellowship in the ASLA and recognized as an Architectural League Emerging Voice. Susannah is a former President and Trustee of the NYASLA and the Van Alen Institute. She has led design studio courses at Cooper Union, Harvard University, Syracuse, Washington University and Florida International University where she was the Cejas Scholar. In 2015 she was invited back to Middlebury College as the Cameron Visiting Architect. She received numerous grants and awards for adapting infrastructure corridors for storm water capture, climate resilience, and park creation. Susannah lectures globally about resilient urban infrastructure. DLANDstudio’s public projects include QueensWay, MoMA Rising Currents, BQGreen and Gowanus Sponge Park. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Susannah received an AB from Dartmouth College in 1987 and MArch and MLAs from the Harvard University GSD. She is both a registered architect and a registered landscape architect.

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