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2009-2010

Eliel Saarinen Lecture: Michael Blier

12/08/09
A+A Auditorium (Rm 2104)
Art + Architecture Building

Michael Blier is a Design Critic in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has also been a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1991. Michael strongly values teaching as a mechanism for engaging and expanding the discipline of landscape architecture, as well as a way to test the processes by which ideas are conceived and developed.

Michael began his own alternative practice in 1996, creating a strong collaborative studio environment which maintains and relies upon an open exchange of ideas, a clear understanding of site, and a desire to explore innovative materials and technologies in the landscape. Landworks Studio, Inc. strives for creative, formally strong, and functional responses to specific conditions of a place.

Several of his current projects are motivated by a desire to engage innovative strategies for dealing with existing environmental and ecological issues present at the site and to offer contemporary, formally compelling, and sustainable solutions. Many of these projects are seeking to achieve very high LEED Certification and are primarily urban in nature.

He received a BFA and BLA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986 and a MLA from the GSD in 1994.


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