“Fabricated Landscapes,” a Lecture by Michael Blier, Founding Principal of Landworks Studio Inc.

“Fabricated Landscapes,” by Michael Blier
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 5 p.m. | LSU Design Building, Room 103


Michael Blier, registered landscape architect and founding principal of Landworks Studio Inc., will lecture at the LSU College of Art + Design on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, as part of the Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture Series.

Blier is a leading practitioner and educator investigating the re-urbanization of disturbed landscapes through solutions that explore the performative qualities of materials and experientially of landscape. His recent work is largely urban and site specific in nature and seeks to exploit the inherent complexities that exist between ecologically challenged sites, ecological and cultural sustainability, material tectonics, and program.

Blier will discuss “Fabricated Landscapes” at his lecture at the LSU College of Art + Design. The lecture is free and open to the public and will appeal to design professionals; faculty; landscape architecture, architecture, and interior design students; and anyone interested in the built environment.

Licensure_LACESLogoProfessionals who attend this lecture qualify for Landscape Architecture Continuing Education SystemTM credits through the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) continuing education credits. Visit for more information.

About Michael Blier

For 12 years, Blier led design studios and taught representation courses at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has been a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1991, and has lectured extensively throughout the United States at universities, including Penn State, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Colorado in Fort Collins, the Taubman School at the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Harvard.

Blier received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986 and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1992. After graduating Harvard, Blier joined Martha Schwartz Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and for three years as a senior designer, he worked on a series of art-based urban public and urban private projects, such as the Javits Plaza in New York City, HUD Headquarters in Washington DC, and Gifu Housing in Gifu, Japan.

In 1997, Blier began teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Design, at which time Landworks Studio Inc. was founded. Since then, the studio has been consistently recognized within the profession as a critically motivated design group.

"Fabricated Landscapes," a lecture by Michael Blier

“Fabricated Landscapes,” a lecture by Michael Blier

About Landworks Studio Inc.

Landworks Studio Inc. is presently located in downtown Boston with an adjunct space in Salem, Massachusetts, the original home of the office.  The award-winning firm develops innovative and artful landscapes for a range of project types, regionally and abroad, focusing on ecological and cultural sustainability. Landworks Studio is currently progressing commissions situated throughout the United States as well as Taiwan, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Recent awards bestowed upon Landworks Studio include a 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Award in general design for 220 Fifth Avenue, New York; a 2010 ASLA Honor Award in general design for the Theater Group Retreat in Oxford, Maine; a 2009 ASLA Honor Award and 2009 Design Excellence Award from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities for the landscape at the Macallen Building in Boston; and a 2006 ASLA Design Excellence Award for the courtyard at the Court Square Press Building in Boston.

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About LSU College of Art + Design
The LSU College of Art + Design supports programs in studio art, art history, architecture, graphic design, interior design, and landscape architecture. The college brings together a focus on creativity and expression, talented faculty, specialized concentration areas, outstanding studio and gallery spaces, and a connection to the community to create a dynamic program. For more information, visit

About LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture
The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture has established an international reputation as one of America’s leading and consistently top-ranked programs. Part of the LSU College of Art + Design, the school offers Bachelor of Landscape architecture and Master of Landscape architecture programs. For over 60 years, the program has produced landscape architects who practice all over the world and participate in the full spectrum of the discipline. For more information, visit

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