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Lecture: Matthew Urbanski—“Chicago Parks: Landscape, Imagination, and the Livable City”

May 12, 2014
Fullerton Hall; entry at Michigan Avenue only
Free; seating first-come first-served

Matthew Urbanski is a principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), where he has worked for over two decades. He has planned and designed landscapes in the United States, Canada, and France, including waterfronts, parks, college campuses, sculpture gardens, and private gardens. Collaborating with Michael Van Valkenburgh, he is a lead designer of the 606, formerly called the Bloomingdale Trail, and Maggie Daley Park, both in Chicago. He has also been a lead designer of Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, New York; Segment 5 of Hudson River Park in New York City; Alumnae Valley at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts; Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Teardrop Park in New York City. Matthew began his career at MVVA working on both small gardens and larger projects, most notably Mill Race Park in Columbus, Indiana. He frequently uses plantings in dramatic ways that create a distinctive complement to an urban or architectural context.

This event is generously underwritten by Walsh Construction and is co-sponsored by AIA Chicago and American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter.

The Architecture & Design Society gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of Park Hyatt Chicago.

Rendering of Maggie Daley Park, Chicago. Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.