AMES, Iowa - Andrea Cochran, the principal of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture in San Francisco, will present the 2010 P.H. Elwood Lecture in Landscape Architecture on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Iowa State University. Her presentation, "Immersive Landscapes," will be at 6 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, College of Design. It is free and open to the public.
Cochran's work is known for its careful consideration of site, climate and existing architecture. She strives for a seamless integration of landscape, art and architecture that blurs the line between the natural and built environments.
Her work is influenced by early Modernist landscape architects such as Dan Kiley, Garrett Eckbo and James Rose, as well as Minimalist artists such as Robert Irwin and Fred Sandbeck.
Work by Cochran and her firm has been published in several books, including "Andrea Cochran: Landscapes" by Mary Myers (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009) and "New Garden Design" by Zahid Sardar (Gibbs Smith, 2008); and numerous periodicals, such as American Style, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Landscape Architecture, Metropolis, International New Landscape, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Architectural Record and Dwell.
Cochran is a frequent lecturer at universities and professional conferences. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
The firm has won a number of significant national and regional awards, including the ASLA Honor Awards in general and residential design in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; landscape design finalist in the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards; winner of the Allegheny Public Square Park Design Competition for the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh in 2007; National Grand Award for Affordable Housing from Residential Architect Magazine in 2006; and an Energy and Sustainability Honor Award and National Green Building Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2005.
The P.H. Elwood Lecture Series 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 practitioners to the Iowa State campus as guest lecturers each fall. This year's lecture is cosponsored by landscape architecture, the College of Design, and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body
Cochran's lecture will be followed by a reception in the college's Gallery 181 and Lightfoot Forum. "Non basta una vita (One life is not enough)," an exhibition of work by 16 ISU landscape architecture and community and regional planning students who studied in Italy with the College of Design's Rome Program last summer, will be on display in the gallery. It is free and open to the public.