Sylvia Karres- Jaquelin T. Robertson Visiting Professor and Guest Critic
Keynote lecture- “Landscape Lines” Monday January 12, 2015, 6 pm, Campbell Hall 153
Sylvia Karres lecture entitled “Landscape Lines” was the Architecture school’s first introduction to the Jaquelin T. Robertson visiting professor. In it she aimed to shed light on her background and approach to design. Sylvia started her education at the Dutch State College of Gardening and Landscaping. She then furthered her landscape architecture education at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. She has worked at Bureau Mass, B+B and for the Province of North Holland. In 1997, she founded her firm of Karres en Brands along with Bart Brands. Sylvia is both a director and co-owner.
Evident in her lecture, the Dutch culture has a unique translation of the intersection of nature and culture. Having seen the effects of a landscape drained, shaped, reclaimed and re-flooded for hundreds of years, Sylvia speaks of design with extreme optimism, “everything is possible.” With students working at the edge of a pastoral landscape and the city and within a historical university it will be interesting to see how her ideas of change and reinterpretation permeate the Vortex. What will be off-limits? What changes can be expected? How will the university’s threshold transition from rolling hills and farms to urban density?
- Marcus Brooks (M.L.A.) and Frankie Dennis (B.S. Arch)