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Landscape architect, urban designer David Fletcher to present 2016 Elwood Lecture April 13 at ISU College of Design

March 30, 2016


 David Fletcher

AMES, Iowa — David Fletcher, founding principal of the award-winning Fletcher Studio in San Francisco, will present the 2016 Philip H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University.

Fletcher's presentation, "Ground Control: Fletcher Studio Recent Work," will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Kocimski Auditorium, room 0101 College of Design. A reception will follow in the college's Lyle E. Lightfoot Forum. Sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture, the lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

About the studio
Fletcher Studio is an innovative collaborative practice that provides comprehensive professional services in landscape architecture, urban design and environmental planning. Among many awards, the firm won a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award in the residential category for 300 Ivy, a LEED Platinum-certified mixed-use housing and commercial development that replaced the demolished Central Freeway in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood. It also won a 2013 ASLA Honor Award for Zurich Biopool, a wellness garden with nonchemical swimming pool, spa, kitchen and dining area in Zurich, Switzerland. The firm currently is working on the 18-acre Veterans Park under construction in Los Angeles.

The 300 Ivy project includes an innovative streetscape, patios, courtyards, garden with indoor kitchen, custom furniture, stone paving, fencing and metal work.
Located on a sloping site, the Zurich Biopool project includes a terraced garden with a nonchemical swimming pool, spa, sundeck and cooking area.
The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan involves channel restoration and a comprehensive open space network.

About the speaker
A landscape architect, urban designer and educator, Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Arts in studio art and a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from the University of California, Davis, and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. As part of his work, he addresses processes, green infrastructure, urbanized watersheds and post-industrial urbanism. As a designer and planner for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, Fletcher led efforts to identify and plan a comprehensive open space network that interfaces with river channel restoration and urbanism. He also led the Compton Creek Master Plan and many Los Angeles Riverfront Park projects.

In addition to his professional practice, Fletcher is an associate professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco campus. He has taught urban design and landscape architecture at several institutions including Harvard, the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the University of California, Los Angeles. He was also the assistant chair of the architecture, landscape and interiors program at Otis College and the assistant director of the landscape architecture and urbanism graduate program at the University of Southern California.

Fletcher was named a 2013 Headlands Center for the Arts artist-in-residence in the architecture/environment category. His work on postindustrial urbanism has been recognized nationally by the ASLA and his environmental planning work in Lebanon was recognized by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.

About the Elwood Lecture
The P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture was established in 1997 to honor the legacy of Professor Philip H. Elwood, who is credited with developing the ISU Department of Landscape Architecture. The lecture series brings renowned professional practitioners to the Iowa State campus as guest lecturers each year.

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