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Abstraction in Landscape Design Program

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Monday, March 12, 7-8:30 p.m.

Wicker Park Field House

1425 N. Damen

Gary Lehman: HNTB Corporation-Chicago

Tickets $8.00-Register: or (773) 278-9075


Gary Lehman is an urban designer and landscape architect with the Chicago office of HNTB Corporation. In addition to a professional career, he frequently instructs landscape design and drawing courses at Northwestern University, the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Morton Arboretum.

His work often looks to integrate art within the landscape...particularly abstraction. This lecture will discuss the integration of abstraction within the design process. By reviewing key components of the subject matter a designer can manipulate its elements into physical design features.

One particular case study walks through the metamorphosis of a piece of jewelry into a courtyard design. The structure and facets are carried into the physical design world as seating, pathways, and planting. This technique and process provides a personal and interesting association between the client, designer, and the landscape.

This lecture will cover the process and review a few projects (his work and others); the discussion will end in an open forum for questions and answers.

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