Lisa Tziona Switkin: Urban Exotic

Cornell in Rome Spring 2008 Lecture Series

Lisa Tziona Switkin, the 2007-2008 Rome Prize Fellow, is a landscape and urban designer at Field Operations, the award-winning New York City firm founded by James Corner. As senior associate at Field Operations, Tziona Switkin worked on the firm’s winning design for the New York City High Line, an abandoned elevated train track that is being re-imagined into a park.  This is a collaborative project with Diller, Scofidio + Renfro.  Other projects prior to her work at Field Operations include the West Harlem Waterfront Project, for W Architects, and a schematic design of Eib’s Pond Park in Staten Island, for Marpillero Pollak Architects, which won an ASLA Design Award and an AIA Staten Island Award.  Lisa Tziona Switkin’s Rome Prize project, “Monument Landscapes: Constriction and Construction of the City,” studies the effects and influences of monuments and their associated territory on planning initiatives and on the growth and development of Rome. She holds a BA in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

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