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“Open Field,” Maura Rockcastle Lecture
October 17, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Maura Rockcastle, Principal and Co-Founder of TEN x TEN, will give a Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture titled “Open Field” to the College of Art & Design on Monday, October 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. in 103 Design Building Auditorium.
Maura Rockcastle is a landscape architect, co-founder and principal of TEN x TEN. With a background in printmaking and sculpture, Maura balances a rigorous approach to leadership and design innovation with a conceptual sensibility rooted in process.
Maura moved home to Minneapolis after eight years in New York City working with James Corner Field Operations and Snøhetta. Upon her return to the Twin Cities, she established the Minneapolis office for Tom Leader Studio and managed the RiverFirst Priority Projects. In 2015 she co-founded TEN x TEN to build a practice committed to horizontal co-authorship, radical transparency, and curiosity. TEN x TEN’s mission is to co-create compassionate, immersive, and resilient spaces that confront the issues of our time.
Maura’s professional experience is focused on cultural, institutional, and complex public realm projects, including the High Line Section 1, Times Square Reconstruction and Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization. Her work has received national awards for design excellence, preservation, and innovation. Maura holds a BFA in sculpture and printmaking from Cornell University and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the Ian McHarg Prize for Excellence, an ASLA Certificate of Honor and the Van Alen Traveling Fellowship. She has taught design studios at Harvard GSD, Yale School of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design and the University of Minnesota College of Design.
About TEN x TEN
Founded in 2015, TEN x TEN is a transdisciplinary landscape architecture and urban design practice grounded by a shared curiosity and passion for experimentation and agency. “We collaborate with visionary clients and teams to co-create immersive, resilient landscapes that adapt to social, economic and environmental transformation.
Capitalizing on creative alliances between fields, we operate comfortably within a shifting set of disciplinary boundaries. We listen, communicate and trust, cultivating a design process full of community and laughter.
Our work pays careful attention to craft, beauty and temporality inherent in any landscape. Merging art and science, our process challenges norms of the landscape architecture profession. We ask: What do we see? How can we document, investigate and experiment to build relationships and deepen our ways of knowing? How can we apply various modes of seeing and making to discover the magic latent in a site? Our studies document change: mold, decay, growth, competition, failure and resilience. We explore spaces, materials and ecologies at all scales, and elevate the everyday human experience through a deep respect for the authenticity of people, culture and ecology.”
The exhibition “Open Field” will open in the Clark and Laura Boyce Gallery, 104 Design Building on October 17, 2022.