Trustee Emerita Susan Cohen '62 will discuss her new book, The Inspired Landscape

with special guest and fellow landscape architect, Signe Nielsen '72.



Lecture and Book Signing by Susan Cohen '62, landscape architect, Smith College Trustee Emerita and recipient of the John M. Greene Award on her book, The Inspired Landscape: Twenty-One Leading Landscape Architects Explore the Creative Process. Sharing the podium will be prominent landscape architect, Signe Nielsen '72, whose Brooklyn waterfront project, Fulton Landing, is featured in the book.  Both speakers are fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


Thursday, November 19

6:00 – 6:45 pm: Hors d'oeuvres and Refreshments

6:45-7:30 pm: Presentation: The Inspired Landscape: Exploring the Creative Process in Design

by Susan Cohen '62 and Signe Nielsen '72

7:30 - 8:15 pm Discussion & Book signing 


Books will be available for purchase courtesy of The Corner Bookstore.


Upper East Side Location*

*Address to be provided to registered guests.


Members: $20

Non-Members: $30


Please RSVP for this limited-seat engagement. 


Generously illustrated with sketches, plans, paintings, and photographs, The Inspired Landscape: Twenty-One Leading Landscape Architects Explore the Creative Process (Timber Press, November 2015) features the work of 21 landscape architects from around the world and traces each project from the initial spark of creativity through stunning completion. The designs include a roof garden at MoMA inspired by a French film made in the 1950s, a drought-resistant landscape in California inspired by a Van Gogh painting, a campus plaza in Israel inspired by desert wadis, a cancer-care center in Scotland inspired by cell biology, a Shinto garden in Japan inspired by centuries-old traditions, and, in England, an extensive garden feature inspired by ancient earthworks and Greek myths. 

Susan Cohen '62, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, practices in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she specializes in residential designs. A long-time teacher, she is the Coordinator of the Landscape Design Program at The New York Botanical Garden and the founder of their celebrated Landscape Design Portfolio Series. Her work has been featured inThe New York Times, Architectural Digest, atHome magazine, and many other publications. Susan is a Smith College Trustee Emerita and recipient of the John M. Greene Award. For more information:

Signe Nielsen '72, Principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architechts, has led more than 400 projects, nationally and globally, and these projects have won almost every possible design award. But her sense of design's public mission extends far beyond these interventions. In addition to her hands-on project leadership, she is the co-author of several books on sustainable and green design for the NYC Department of Design and Construction. Signe has taught at Pratt Institute for more than two decades and has also lectured and juried competitions at institutions around the world, including Harvard University and the Ecole Normale Superiure in Paris. As president of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York, Signe is a strong and effective advocate for a beautiful, inspiring and diverse urban fabric. For more information:

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