Israeli Landscape Architect To Give Annual Howland Memorial Lecture: “Landscape
September 14, 2004 --
WHO: Landscape architect Shlomo Aronson
Lecture — “Landscape and Identity”
Sept. 22, 5 p.m.
Hall, Room 158
University of Virginia
Aronson of Shlomo Aronson and Associates in Jerusalem, Israel
will give the annual Benjamin C. Howland,
Lecture at the University of Virginia
School of Architecture on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. in Campbell
Hall, Room 158. The lecture, “Landscape and Identity,” is
free of charge and open to the public. A reception will
follow at 7 p.m. in the Charlottesville
Community Design Center, 101 East Market Street, Charlottesville.
award-winning work is characterized by a deep concern with ecological
principles and the social purposes of his native Israel and its inhabitants.
As a result, he has been asked to design solutions for landscapes that
are thousands of years old, some even dating back to Biblical times.
In one of his first commissions,
he reforested an area of the Judean Hills that had not had trees since
the Romans destroyed the native forests, 2,000 years before. He has
in areas adjacent to the Dead Sea, taking care to establish roads that
would limit damage to the fragile environment. Aronson’s designs
are perhaps most remarkable for the sense of peace and fluidity that
Over the decades, Aronson and his firm have designed city parks, university
campuses, archaeological parks, botanical gardens, as well as developed
master plans that
are looked to as the standard for Israeli landscape architecture. Perhaps
his most well-known design is that for the Sherover Promenade in Jerusalem.
by birth, Aronson earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture
from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s
of landscape architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate
School of Design. Between
degrees, he worked in the office of Lawrence Halprin and Associates
in San Francisco. After completing his education, Aronson returned
to Israel where he founded his
own practice in 1969. He has taught and been a guest critic at several
major universities around the world including those in Israel, the
United States, South
Africa and England.
Benjamin C. Howland, Jr. Memorial Lecture has been given annually
since 1985 at the University of Virginia
School of Architecture in
landscape architecture Benjamin C. Howland Jr.
Derry Wade, (434) 982-2921