Landscape Architecture Sketch Problem
Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 9 - 5 pm
Room 307, 320 Newbury Street
The Landscape Architecture Sketch problem will focus on plant material as a technical resource for the amelioration of toxic sites and the use of plant material for erosion control. Cheri Ruane, a local landscape architect with experience in environmental engineering and phytoremediation will discuss the use of plant material as a technical resource. Students will be going on a field trip to the Fenway to observe a denigrated site and return to the BAC to develop a series of technical sections that will address issues of site toxicity and erosion.
Cheri Ruane is a registered landscape architect and team leader of Landscape Architecture with Weston & Sampson, an environmental, engineering and consulting firm with offices throughout the northeast. Ms. Ruane has a bachelor of science in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received her MLA from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Between her two degrees she spent four years working for the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department as a project manager for historic parks. In 2001, after graduating from Harvard, she helped open a Boston-area office and founded the landscape architecture practice at a Canadian-based environmental consulting firm where she focused on building a multi-disciplinary approach to brownfield redevelopment and public landscapes. Currently, Ms. Ruane continues to design post-industrial public site in collaboration with the engineers and scientists at Weston & Sampson. Past projects include the redevelopment of a former steel fabrication facility, the design of engineered wetlands at a former sewerage lagoon, and the capping and phytoremediation of a decommissioned landfill. Her current work includes a pair of neighborhood parks in Somerville, MA, the renovation of several state-owned pools across the Commonwealth, and master planning for a community summer camp in Maine.