Designing Water

Designing Water
September 14, 2018 Fujan Fahmi

Designing Water Symposium

Professor Christophe Girot  will convene to discuss and advance concepts of and strategies for designing water from the scale of a singular garden feature to integrated regional systems at the Designing Water Symposium, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, on October 17–18, 2018.

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17 – 18 October 2018


Longwood Gardens

American Academy in Rom


Designing Water Symposium

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Water is the most compelling and consequential design matter of the 21st Century. Not just a life source or a source of beauty, water has crucial social, cultural, and symbolic functions and plays an essential role in all living systems.

From the Curator

Please join me for a timely, inspirational, and dynamic event on the relationship of design and water across time, space, and scale. Our presenters are influential academic leaders and world renowned design practitioners from Asia, Europe, and North America. Each presenter will bring their local perspectives to truly global interests and concerns—such as ecology, aesthetics, meaning, and public space—as they assemble at Longwood Gardens in the picturesque Brandywine Valley.

The aim of this event is to recognize the significant history of designing water, interrogate the social, cultural, ecologic, and economic functions that designed water plays in the 21st Century, reconsider the leadership roles that the design disciplines can play in its shaping, and imagine ways to build features and infrastructural systems that expand the aesthetics of water while innovatively addressing urgent global challenges linked to climate change.

In doing so, Designing Water intends to project future potentials for our disciplines while educating us all about the crucial role design plays in shaping this resource. The event’s diverse sessions set the coordinates for a thoughtful and lively discussion of issues that confront those involved in designing, planning, and managing water, as well as all of us that celebrate it.

I look forward to meeting you in October!

Julia Czerniak

Chief Curator, Designing Water
Associate Dean and Professor, Syracuse Architecture


Julia Czerniak

Professor & Associate Dean, Syracuse Architecture

Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA

Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman

Founding Directors, ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]

James Corner, RLA, ASLA

Founding Partner and CEO, James Corner Field Operations

Georges Descombes

Principal, Atelier Descombes Rampini

James A. Garland, AIA, NCARB President

President & Founder, Fluidity Design Consultants

Adriaan Geuze, Prof., Ir., RLA, OALA

Founding Partner, Design Director, West 8

Christophe Girot

Head of the Institute of Landscape Architecture, Dean Elect at the Department of Architecture of the ETH in Zürich

Dorothée Imbert

Professor, Hubert C. Schmidt Chair in Landscape Architecture, The Ohio State University

Mary Margaret Jones, FASLA

Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates and Hargreaves Jones

Tilman Latz

Landscape Architect ByAK bdla, Architect ByAK, Urban Planner ByAK

Michael G. Lee

Reuben M. Rainey Professor in the History of Landscape Architecture ; Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia School of Architecture


Nina-Marie E. Lister, MCIP, RPP, Honorary ASLA

Associate Professor, Ryerson University; Graduate Program Director, Urban & Regional Planning Director, Ecological Design Lab; Founding Principal, PLANDFORM

Kate Orff, RLA

Founding Principal, SCAPE ; Associate Professor & Director, Urban Design Program, Columbia GSAPP

Colvin Randall

P.S. du Pont Fellow, Longwood Gardens

Paul B. Redman

President and CEO, Longwood Gardens

Mark Robbins

President and CEO, American Academy in Rome

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA, FAAR

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, The City College of New York ;Principal, Catherine Seavitt Studio

Charles Waldheim

John E. Irving Professor and Director, Office for Urbanization Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Mason White

Associate Professor, University of Toronto ; Partner, Lateral Office

Kongjian Yu, FASLA

Changjiang Chair Professor of Design, Peking University College of Architecture and Landscape; President and Principal Designer, Turenscape; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science