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Spotlight on Design: Oehme van Sweden

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SoD_OvS.jpgWolfgang Oehme (1930-2011) and James van Sweden (1935-2013), founders of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates (OVS) revolutionized modern American landscape architecture through the use of ornamental grasses and perennials to create living tapestries requiring relatively little maintenance. In a moderated discussion with Museum curator G. Martin Moeller, Jr., the firm's next generation of leaders Lisa Delplace, ASLAEric Groft, FASLA; and Sheila Brady, FASLA, discuss the firm’s work, which is the subject of the Museum's latest exhibition The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden. That exhibition was organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation, and its president and CEO, Charles BirnbaumFASLA, joins the panel to reflect on the significant contributions of OVS to the practice of landscape architecture. The exhibition will be open to attendees before the discussion.

1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

$12 Museum and ASLA Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member

Pre-registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

AIA Logo Spotlight on Design is sponsored the American Institute of Architects.



Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

Photo: Chicago Botanic Garden, Summer 2015. Photograph by Nate Mathews, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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