Summit Speaker: Beth Meyer
June 10, 2016
Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA
Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture
Dean, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Beth Meyer is widely recognized for her theoretical writings about the entanglement of modern conceptions and experiences of nature, environmental ethics, and contemporary landscape design. Her recent publications include “Sustaining Beauty. The Performance of Appearance,” “Slow Landscape. A New Erotics of Sustainability,” “Grafting, splicing, hybridizing: Strange beauties of the Australian Garden” and “Beyond Sustaining Beauty: Musings on a Manifesto.”
Meyer is a registered landscape architect with professional experience working for EDAW, Hanna/Olin, and Michael Vergason. She taught at Cornell University and Harvard GSD before joining the UVA faculty in 1993 where she teaches graduate design studios and theory courses. Prior to serving as the Dean, Meyer served as the Department of Landscape Architecture Chair as well as its Graduate Program director.
At UVA, Meyer founded the new Center for Cultural Landscapes, a transdisciplinary initiative housed within in the School of Architecture. Since Meyer’s graduate studies in landscape architecture and historic preservation, she has been fascinated by the thick description of landscapes—places replete with cultural memories and biophysical processes. This perspective has afforded her opportunities to research, interpret, plan and design significant projects such as the UVA Academical Village (with EDAW 1980s), Bryant Park in NYC (with Laurie Olin 1980s), the Wellesley College campus outside of Boston (with MVVA 1990s), and the St. Louis Gateway Arch Grounds, a modernist memorial landscape designed by Saarinen and Kiley (with MVVA 2000s).