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Design Conversation featuring Geoff di Girolamo

May 18, 2024 | Design Series

Thursday, June 6, 2024
5:30 – 7:30pm
Liljestrand House
Tickets on sale to Friends of Liljestrand on May 17th
Tickets on sale to general public on May 20th
Design Conversation featuring
Landscape Architect Geoff di Girolamo

Geoff di Girolamo, founding partner of Saunter Design and former founding partner of Surfacedesign, will discuss his experiences in creating contemporary gardens in Hawaii and present a series of built works in Hawaii and the mainland. The selected projects showcase Geoff’s exuberant and authentic approach to garden hardscape and planting and his desire to convey the unique cultural and ecological narratives from each project site.

Originally trained as an architect, the New York-based landscape designer’s practice is indebted to modernism and emphasizes sensitive responses to place and to culture. Some of Geoff’s recent endeavors include private residences on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island, an art foundation/sculpture garden in Philadelphia and a landscape master plan and landscape restoration project at U.C. Santa Cruz.

Geoff is a professor at U.C. Berkeley and has served as a guest critic at Harvard, CCA, UCLA, and the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the recipient of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York.  Geoff was born and raised in San Diego, California and received his Master of Architecture degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Art in Painting at UC Santa Cruz.

What a transformative experience to view such an innovative and functional work of art that people happened to live in!

— Dawn Groves

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