Wright Gallery to celebrate 'Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture'

Michael Jakob

Exhibit curator Michael Jakob is the keynote speaker at the College of Architecture's Oct. 23 research symposium.

The richness, diversity and complexity of Swiss landscape architecture will be showcased Oct. 23 ­– Dec. 1, 2017 at the College of Architecture’s Wright Gallery, which reopens in a new location on the second floor of Building A of the Langford Architecture Center on the Texas A&M campus.

Tracing the impact of Swiss design through a 36-panel series of images and text, the traveling exhibit, "The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture," from the Swiss arts foundation Pro Helvetica, provides a survey of the most significant landscape architecture studios, including the work of pioneers like LeCorbusier and the heralded contemporary design firm Herzog & de Meuron.

The exhibit also includes an overview of landscape architecture history and theory and underscores the importance of national exhibitions such as “Lausanne Jardins,” the successful international festival of urban design, in which landscape architects and other design professionals created innovative green spaces for public use throughout the Swiss town of Lausanne.

The exhibit’s Oct. 23 opening coincides with “Natural, Built, Virtual,” the College of Architecture’s 19th Annual Research Symposium. Michael Jakob, the exhibit’s curator, will present the symposium’s keynote address.

The gallery’s expanded location opens a new era for arts exhibits at the College of Architecture, said Stephen Caffey, assistant professor of architecture and member of the Wright Gallery Council. “The gallery’s new location will further elevate the status and role of the visual arts in the types of transformative, high-impact learning experiences that the College of Architecture can provide.”

Prior to the College Station debut of “The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture,” the Wright Gallery will celebrate its grand reopening in a new location with a retrospective of past exhibits 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.

Sarah Wilson

posted September 19, 2017