Sasaki Day Lecture


L:  2017 Sasaki Day Lecturer Shannon Nichol, founding partner, GGN); R: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, Seattle, WA, completed 2011

The 2017 Sasaki Day Lecture was delivered by Shannon Nichol, founding partner of GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol).

Titled "Repair Work: Fixing, Drawing, and Negotiating Design," the lecture took place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 5:15pm to 6:15pm at the I-Hotel & Conference Center (1900 S. First Street, Champaign).  

LA CES Professional Development credit: 1 hour.

Nichol's designs, including Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden (Chicago, IL), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus (Seattle, WA), and Boston’s North End Parks, are widely recognized for being deeply embedded in their neighborhoods and natural contexts. Nichol's work incorporates complex functions into simple frameworks and refined landforms.

Nichol's recent and current projects include the Lower Rainier Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge at the University of Washington, the India Basin Waterfront Park in San Francisco, the Seattle Streetcar: City Center Connector, and Washington State’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Nichol is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (Seattle). She and her partners received the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture in 2011. The firm’s project awards include ASLA National Awards of Excellence, ASLA and AIA Honor Awards for Design, Tucker Design Awards, and Great Places Awards from the Environmental Design Research Association. Nichol lectures internationally, frequently juries for design awards, and serves on advisory committees for universities and non-profits.


Prof. D. Fairchild Ruggles and Prof. William Sullivan with 2015 Sasaki Day Lecturer Doug Reed, Principal of Reed Hilderbrand, center; Meng Shui presenting Spine, an MLA award winner; Prof. M. Elen Deming with MLA candidate Heena Gajjar; BLA finalists Henrik Lizell and Zheng Cong presenting The Drop Lot: City Humidifier.

Sasaki Day Lecturers

• 2017: Shannon Nichol, Principal, GGN, Seattle, WA
• 2016: Michel Péna, Principal, Péna Paysages, Paris, France
• 2015: Doug Reed, Principal, Reed Hilderbrand, Cambridge, MA
• 2014: Shane Coen, Coen + Partners, Minneapolis, MN
• 2013: Diana Balmori, Balmori Associates, New York, NY
• 2012: Ken Smith, Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architecture, New York, NY
• 2011: Michael van Valkenburgh, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Cambridge, MA, and New York, NY
• 2010: Michael Blier, Landworks Studio and Graduate School of Design, Harvard, Cambridge, MA
• 2009: Chris Reed, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston, MA
• 2008: Anne Whiston Spirn, MIT, Cambridge, MA
• 2007: Linda Jewell, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
• 2006: Laurie Olin, OLIN, Philadelphia, PA
• 2005: Elizabeth K. Meyer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
• 2004: William Wenk, Wenk Associates, Denver, CO
• 2003: Mary Miss, New York, NY
• 2002: Tom Oslund, Oslund Associates, Minneapolis, MN
• 2001: Peter Latz, Latz + Partner, Kranzberg, Germany
• 2000: Gary Hilderbrand, Reed Hilderbrand, Cambridge, MA
• 1999: Randolph Hester, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
• 1998: Joe Hibbard, Sasaki Associates, Cambridge, MA
• 1997: Mario Schjetnan, Grupo de Diseño Urbano, Mexico City, Mexico
• 1996: George Hargreaves, Hargreaves Associates, Cambridge, MA
• 1995: Richard Haag, Richard Haag Associates, Seattle, WA
• 1994: Topher Delaney, Delaney + Chin, San Francisco, CA
• 1993: Chip Sullivan, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
• 1992: Barbara Stauffacher-Solomon, San Francisco, CA
• 1991: Pamela Burton, Pamela Burton & Company, Santa Monica, CA
• 1990: James H. Curtis, EDAW, Los Angeles, CA
• 1989: Stephen R. Krog, Stephen R. Krog Landscape Architect, Pleasantville, NY
• 1988: Martha Schwartz, Martha Schwartz Partners, Cambridge, MA
• 1987: Carol Franklin and Leslie Sauer, Andropogon Associates, Philadelphia, PA
• 1986: Teresita Falcón and Juan Antonio Bueno, Falcón + Bueno, Miami, FL
• 1983: Charles W. Harris, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA