Groundwork: Tom Leader, Berkeley CA
Date: February 23, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: UW Architecure Hall 147
Tom Leader is Founder and Principal of Tom Leader Studio, a nationwide landscape architectural practice that strives to be an active, experimental atelier seeking a liaison between emerging ideas and the concrete need for their realization in physical space. With interest and experience in large-scale work, Leader nevertheless seeks what is personal and original while in pursuit of the pragmatic and has been acknowledged with several ASLA Honor Awards and as a finalist for Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award for Landscape Architecture. Proffesional development hours offered for this lecture. Please contact the UW LA dept. for details.
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Leader has also won the San Francisco Prize in a competition for the design of Philip Burton Federal Plaza and was awarded a year-long Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome in 1998. Tom Leader’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Cooper Hewitt Museum; and Archilab in Orleans, France as well as in publications such as the New York Times Magazine. In 2010, Princeton Architectural Press published Tom Leader Studio, Three Projects, edited by Jason Kenter. Film director Michele Forman is currently producing a documentary that examines trains and community in the context of “Railroad Park, Birmingham AL,” a five-year project by Tom Leader Studio. GROUNDWORK will discuss the “groundplane” as a fundamental means of shaping space by citing the recent work of Tom Leader Studio as case examples. GROUNDWORK has been generously sponsored by: NOW Urbanism/UW Sawyer Seminar 2010-2012; AIA Seattle; Seattle Center/Next 50