Sascha Glasl | Space&matter | Amsterdam | MONDAY NIGHT | 6:30 pm

Lecture 4

The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Art University is proud to welcome another exciting guest to the Fall Lecture Series. This time an innovative young office from Amsterdam who with their unique approach is increasingly gaining recognition throughout the Netherlands and also abroad:

Sascha Glasl | Space&matter | Amsterdam

Monday October 27th 6:30pm •

Space&matter is an Amsterdam based office for architecture, urban planning and concept development. After it’s foundation in early 2009, the office has developed itself rapidly. Led by its founding partners Sascha Glasl, Tjeerd Haccou and Marthijn Pool, a skilled team of international designers, works on a wide range of projects of various scales.

Their approach as described in their own words: “As architecture and planning touch on all social and cultural levels of society, we realize our influence and responsibility reach far beyond the spatial realm. It is here where our ambition lies and we see opportunities to develop spatial solutions for sociocultural issues and to create relevant designs that connect people. Accordingly, the designs and strategies that space&matter produces are mainly focused on performing in their social context. They are strong architectural frameworks that trigger interaction and offer space for personal taste and freedom.

Rather than just being reactive, we like to initiate projects and proactively involve ourselves in matters that we consider as relevant. This level of independence enables us to develop innovative processes and methodologies. Setting up knowledge and entrepreneurial networks around our own interests and fascinations has proven to be an effective way to realize our ambitions.

With backgrounds in urban planning, architecture, research, BIM and graphic design, our team has a wide angle view on the world and a strong set of skills that back up our thinking. Being generalists we share an interest in different fields of study and highly value interdisciplinary collaborations. Drawing from these sources, our office has an output that ranges from teaching and writing, to designing concepts, buildings, urban plans and strategies.“

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A PROFESSIONAL PANEL: Landscape Architecture on the International Spectrum

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Join visionaries and leaders in the field of Landscape Architecture and Planning for The School of Landscape Architecture’s annual  Professional Panel. Come hear about the latest projects in the works, and learn about the opportunities and challenges of working as a Landscape Architect internationally

When: Tuesday Nobember 11th, 6:30 pm

Where: 601 Brannan Street, First Floor Presentation Space.

Online Students: The presentation will be streamed live on line with opportunities to chat live for Q&A

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Design Charette!


Join The School of Landscape Architecture’s ASLA Student Affiliate Chapter for a one-day intensive charette to brainstorm ideas for the 2015 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show installation with the theme “Gone Wild”!

When: Saturday October 11th

Where: 601 Brannan Street, Room 106

Bring your design ideas and enthusiasm and let’s make the design for next year’s Garden Show the best yet!!!!




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Street Parks 10th Anniversary Celebration


Celebrate with Street Parks! This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Street Parks program, and SF Parks Alliance and the SF Department of Public Works cordially invite you to join them for the revelry!

At the event,  Street Park Stewards will be honored, acknowledge all that has been accomplished as a community in making San Francisco better and more beautiful, and enjoy festivities and fun, including delicious libations and refreshments, live music by Tin Cup Serende, a photo booth, bocce ball games, and much more! There will be a short and sweet program beginning at 11:30 am. A splendid time is promised for all.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM (PST)

Progress Park
1325 Indiana St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Please RSVP  for this FREE event!

Questions?  Call 415-621-3260 x105 or email

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TONIGHT! Michelle Delk of SNOHETTA!

Snohetta Lecture Poster

Today, Michelle Delk from Snøhetta  will be presenting as the final lecture of the Fall Lecture Series.

This lecture will occur at 6:30pm PST in Room 115 (Atrium Presentation Space) at 601 Brannan.

It will also be live streamed with the ability to interact and ask questions:

Below is information on Snøhetta and Michelle’s  biography.

Michelle Delk | Snohetta | New York | Oslo


Monday September 29th 6:30pm

Snøhetta (Norwegian: Snøhetta arkitektur landskap AS) is an international architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and Brand Design office based in Oslo, Norway and New York City. Snøhetta practices a self-defined trans-disciplinary process in which different professionals – from architects to visual artists, philosophers to sociologists – exchange roles in order to explore differing perspectives without the prejudice of convention. Within our office, Snøhetta emphasizes an open exchange between roles and disciplines – architects, landscape architects, interior architects, and graphic designers collaborate in an integrated process, ensuring multiple voices are represented from the onset of the project. When working with Clients, this approach continues when we challenge clients to become architects and architects to become clients. When interested parties come together as equals, we create a place to mutually understand each other’s objective and interests. Transpositioning promotes the positive benefits of moving out of one’s comfort zone. It defies narrow-minded thinking and encourages holistic approaches.

Michelle Delk serves Snøhetta as Director of Landscape Architecture to further their multi-disciplinary collaborations, provide strategic vision, and to continue advancing the subtleties and complexities of the public environment. Clear thinking and collaborative principles characterize her leadership of complex design projects that emphasize social and experiential opportunities. Through personal and spatial interaction she believes people can discover inspiration to better themselves, others, and the environments within which societies exist.

We hope to see you there!

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Snohetta Lecture Poster


We have had a fantastic lecture series this Fall and look forward to ending it on a high note!  This Monday, September 29th,  Michelle Delk of Snohetta will be speaking about collaborative projects that Snohetta has been working on globally.

Date: Monday September 29th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: 601 Brannan, First Floor Lecture Space

We look forward to seeing you there!


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TONIGHT! GARY STRANG OF GLS Landscape | Architecture

Gary Strang Lecture Poster_TODAYThe Fall Lecture series continues with another exciting presentation. Today Gary Strang from GLS Landscape/Architecture will be presenting.

This lecture will occur at 6:30pm PST in Room 115 (Atrium Presentation Space) at 601 Brannan.

It will also be live streamed with the ability to interact and ask questions:

Below is information on GLS Landscape/Architecture and Gary’s  biography.

We hope to see you there.



Gary Strang is a licensed landscape architect and architect with degrees from the Universities of California at Berkeley and Davis. For 21 years he has been principal of GLS Landscape/Architecture, a 12 person multidisciplinary firm specializing in the integration of architecture, infrastructure, and landscape. He has received three ASLA National Honor Awards: in 2000 for Beth Israel Chapel and Memorial Garden in Houston, in 2006 for Residence Hall Units 1 & 2 at the University of California Berkeley, and in 2011 for the 22 acre Hunters View HOPE SF neighborhood.

Prior to opening GLS, Mr. Strang worked for seven years at Solomon Architecture and Urban Design and studied with Mario Botta at SCI-Arc in Ticino, Switzerland. He has taught at the Universities of California at Berkeley (Department of Architecture) and Davis (Department of Landscape Architecture), exhibited work in New York, San Francisco, and Berkeley, and lectured and published on issues of infrastructure and landscape.  Mr. Strang currently sits on the design review board for the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

GLS Landscape/Architecture

As led by Gary Strang, GLS brings a sophisticated technical understanding to architecture and landscape architecture projects throughout the Bay Area, especially those with complex structural elements and site-utility coordination.

GLS projects include the relocation of the Exploratorium museum to its new home on the Embarcadero (with EHDD), the restoration of the Art Deco masterpiece at 140 New Montgomery (with Perkins + Will), and, with Rafael Vinoly Architects, the gardens, courtyards, parks, and main entry plaza for the new main hospital at Stanford University. Work in progress includes the residences at Transbay Block 9 (with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) as well as the design for several large new neighborhoods, including Station Park Green in San Mateo, Kirkham Heights in San Francisco’s Sunset District, and the latest phase of the 22 acre development at Hunters View in the Bayview District.

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Place | Space | Design


Friday September 19th, marked the ninth year of the annual Park(ing) Day global event in which designers, artists, and citizens convert street parking spaces to temporary public open spaces for all to enjoy.

Dynamic and participatory are two words that can describe  The School of Landscape Architecture’s dedicated ASLA student affiliate chapter installation that was located at 460 Townsend Street. Their installation allowed pedestrians to be a part of Park(ing) Day by encouraging them to design the selected parking space the way they envisioned it.

Using cut-outs of the various elements that the students had available on site, pedestrians were able to envision the space in plan view on a magnetic board, then watch it come to life as the student team assembled the design before their very eyes.



By the end of the day, the students had assembled over fifteen different variations of the design which they were able to capture in a fantastic video that can be viewed here.







AAU Park(ing) Day Video

Photos Courtesy of Avery Hu, and Alex Zheng



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Ines Dantas

The Fall Lecture series will kick off tonight with an exciting presentation by Ines Dantas from WUDA* Munich.

This lecture will occur at 6:30pm PST in Room 115 (Atrium Presentation Space).

It will also be live streamed with the ability to interact and ask questions:

Below is information on WUDA* and Ines’ biography.

We hope to see you there.


Ines Dantas | WUDA* | Munich

Monday September 22nd 6:30pm •

WUDA* is a young cross-cultural architecture practice founded by Inês Dantas and Florian Wurfbaum. WUDA* ‘s work covers design-projects, research and consulting activities within interdisciplinary strategies and international teams, establishing diverse partnerships and collaborations. At the current time WUDA *  has on-going projects in Portugal, in Germany and in the United Kingdom. * WUDA benefits from the diverse cultural approaches to architecture from its founding partners and collaborators. Architecture is both a catalyst and an interface with other disciplines at different scales translating these in spatial, tectonic and territorial strategies.

Projects delve a spatial culture that integrates urban, technological, socio-cultural arguments with their inherent changes of paradigm. * WUDA has been awarded prizes in international competitions (Austrian Pavilion for the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Tejo River Banks in Portugal). * WUDA’s work has gained recognition prizes and nominations in Germany and has been published and exhibited throughout Europe.

Inês Dantas is a Portuguese-born architect , co-founder of the practice *WUDA (Munich-London) together with Florian Wurfbaum. Inês splits her activity between professional practice, academic teaching and research. Inês has taught and lectured in several institutions (University of Innsbruck, Milan Politecnico, University of Brighton, Architectural Association Visiting School Singapore, Rizvi College of Architecture Mumbai) and is pursuing a PhD by Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture funded by the Fundacao da Ciencia e Tecnologia.

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NOMADgardens Volunteer Day!


NOMADgardens is hosting a workday at their location in Mission Bay from 10am – 2pm on Saturday September 20th . They will be installing 20 new garden plots, and building benches for the space! If you are interested in joining them, please RSVP on this Google form. 

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