American Academy in Rome Partners with Longwood Gardens on Designing Water

NEW YORK, NY — The American Academy in Rome (AAR) and Longwood Gardens announced that registration is now open for Designing Water, a two-day symposium that explores the relationship of design and water across time, space, and scale. Created for professionals involved in the designing, planning, and managing of water systems, Designing Water brings together academic leaders and world-renowned design practitioners from Asia, Europe, and North America. Each presenter will bring their local perspectives to truly global interests and concerns—such as ecology, aesthetics, meaning, and public space—as they assemble at Longwood Gardens in the picturesque Brandywine Valley, immediately preceding the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in Philadelphia. Information and details on sessions, speakers, and registration can be found at

“The Academy is pleased to collaborate with Longwood Gardens on this timely symposium, which presents a range of critical ideas about landscape and water,” said AAR President and CEO Mark Robbins. “Partnerships such as this reflect the Academy’s role as an academic and cultural institution; strengthening the voice of the arts and humanities through the annual support of artists and scholars”

Among the confirmed speakers at Designing Water are Julia Czerniak, Professor and Associate Dean, Syracuse Architecture (and chief curator of Designing Water), and several Rome Prize Fellows, including Anita Berrizbeitia (2006), Mary Margaret Jones (1998), Catherine Seavitt Nordenson (1998), and Charles Waldheim (2007).

“We are pleased to join with the American Academy in Rome to convene the world’s foremost experts to present Designing Water,” said Longwood Gardens President and CEO Paul B. Redman. “This conference’s unique focus assembles leading scholars and practitioners in garden design, landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology to discuss and advance the integral role of water in the built environment. Professionals involved in designing, planning, and managing water will find it an informative and inspiring experience,” Redman said.

Source: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square PA 19348

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