Drawing and Building Landscape: Shannon Nichol
Sharon Nichol, FASLA, PLA, LEED AP, a founding partner of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, will provide insight into the firm’s design process and culture, sharing its emphasis on creating and retaining a distinct concept and a congruent detailing rationale from concept through construction. She will demonstrate GGN’s use of hand drawings for collaborative communications, critique and design development via the informal, internal working drawings behind some of the firm’s most prominent projects. And she will discuss the importance and challenge of customized detailing, with examples from projects such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.
Nichol’s recent and current projects include Lower Rainier Vista and Pedestrian Land Bridge at the University of Washington, India Basin Waterfront Park in San Francisco, Seattle Streetcar: City Center Connector and Washington State’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
Nichol is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (Seattle). She and her partners received the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture in 2011, and GGN is the recipient of the 2017 ASLA National Landscape Architecture Firm Award. The firm’s project awards include ASLA National Awards of Excellence, ASLA and AIA Honor Awards for Design, Tucker Design Awards and Great Places Awards from the Environmental Design Research Association. Nichol lectures internationally, frequently juries for design awards and serves on advisory committees for universities and nonprofits.