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Lecture / Discussion  |  Marion Pressley presents Layers Upon Layers: Landscape Designers, Clients, Owners, and Frank Lloyd Wright

Part IV of the Graycliff American Spirit of Landscape Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 7–9 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Marion Pressley is the principal of the firm Pressley Associates, Landscape Architects, located in Boston, MA. Pressley and her firm are responsible for the restoration of historic landscapes of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, New Canaan, CT; Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh, PA; the Emerald Necklace Park System, Boston, MA and Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY among others. She teaches landscape history at the Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University and at the Rhode Island School of Design. Locally, Pressley Associates created a feasibility study for Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Pressley Associates is responsible for the Cultural Landscape Report Part II for the Graycliff Estate, and for drawings and implementation. This lecture will focus on the continuum of landscape design, and layers created by various designers, as at Graycliff with Frank Lloyd Wright. Isabelle Martin and Ellen Biddle Shipman. Pressley received a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, and a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from Syracuse University. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects , and has won numerous awards for her work.

The lecture series is presented with support from the New York State Council on the Arts and in collaboration with the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Elmwood Village Association and the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Special thanks to Embassy Suites Buffalo.