Event description

Cultivating a sense of connection to the built and natural world, expressed in rugged natural materials and sustainable planting, is at the heart of landscape architecture firm Surfacedesign’s philosophy. Acclaimed design editor Zahid Sardar joins the notable San Francisco-based firm’s partners James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie in a new webcast series, “SPOTLIGHT WITH ZAHID SARDAR” to discuss how the site itself informs their dynamic solutions and how they challenge conventional approaches to landscape. During their conversation, they will explore Surfacedesign’s broad-ranging projects from dynamic parks, and civic landscapes, to private gardens.

San Francisco-based Surfacedesign, Inc., is an award-winning landscape architecture and urban design firm that creates dynamic parks, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes, and private gardens. Partners James A. Lord, FASLA, Roderick Wyllie, ASLA, and Geoff di Girolamo, ASLA, Assoc. AIA, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, urban designers, and architects, provides innovative design solutions for a wide range of projects, working directly with institutions, architects, community groups, and city agencies. Winner of the 2017 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture (given by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum), Surfacedesign focuses on cultivating a sense of connection to the built and natural worlds, pushing people to engage with the landscape in new ways. The firm’s work is the subject of material Landscapes, a monograph published by The Monacelli Press (2019).

ZAHID SARDAR is a San Francisco-based editor, writer, and curator specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. He has authored many design books, curated exhibitions, and was the San Francisco Chronicle’s design editor for 20 years. Most recently he was the editor-in-chief of Spaces Magazine. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Dwell, Interiors, Western Interiors & Design, Interior Design, House & Garden, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Landscape Architecture. He has taught design history at the California College of the Arts and has written several other books, including “In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights”, “West Coast Modern” and “New Garden Design”.

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