Architect to speak in Midd on landscape planning

MELLON SQUARE IN Pittsburgh, Pa., restored by Simonds and Simonds, will be one of the featured landscape architecture projects highlighted in Patricia O’Donnell’s talk at the Middlebury Town Offices on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Patricia M. O’Donnell, preservation landscape architect and urban planner, will present a talk “Revitalizing Modern Landscapes for Contemporary Life: Fletcher Steele, Louis I. Kahn, Simonds and Simonds,” on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. O’Donnell founded Heritage Landscapes LLC of Charlotte, in 1987 and has completed over 500 diverse projects and garnered 89 professional awards. 
The talk takes place in the conference room of the Middlebury Town Offices and is part of the Henry Sheldon Museum’s summer-long exhibit honoring landscape architect Dan Kiley. 
In her talk, O’Donnell will address Modernist landscape design employing three examples from office preservation projects: Camden Garden Amphitheatre at Camden Maine by Fletcher Steele, Bath House and Day Camp, Princeton Community Center, Ewing Township, New Jersey, by Louis I. Kahn, and Mellon Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Simonds and Simonds. 
O’Donnell holds Masters’ degrees in both Landscape Architecture with a concentration in behavioral aspects of landscape architecture and in Urban Planning with a concentration in historic preservation with emphasis on the history, theories, and practice of landscape preservation. She works daily on the preservation and appropriate development of valued communities, places, parks and civic spaces in many cities across the U.S and abroad. 
Since 1987, she has completed several hundred cultural landscape preservation and sustainability projects with attention to historic character, community engagement, sustainability, environmental quality, handicapped access, education, and interpretation. On July 9, 2019, the American Society of Landscape Architects honored Heritage Landscapes, LLC and Patricia O’Donnell as the winner of the prestigious Landscape Architecture Firm Award. 
The fee to attend is $5 for the general public. Sheldon Museum members and Vermont Association of Vermont Landscape Architects members free. Space is limited. Advance reservations are recommended by calling 802-388-2117. 

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