James Corner / Douglas C. Allen Lecture
James Corner is a registered landscape architect and urban designer, and founder and director of james corner field operations, where he oversees the production of all design projects in the office. He is also chair and professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He was educated at Manchester Metropolitan University, England, and the University of Pennsylvania.
field operations is a leading-edge landscape architecture and urban design practice based in New York City. Serving an international clientele, our practice is renowned for strong contemporary design across a variety of high-profile project types and scales.
Founded in 1998 by James Corner, field operations comprises nearly 30 professionals, many with cross-disciplinary backgrounds in landscape architecture, urban design, architecture and communication art. Its mandate is to create intelligent, high-quality design solutions for cities, landscapes and public spaces. They often work collaboratively with some of the world's leading architects, planners, engineers, ecologists and artists.
The firm's expertise is reflected in a diverse range of projects, from the design of entire sectors of cities to intimate garden spaces; the design of large public parks and urban spaces to housing and mixed-use urban developments; the reclamation of landfills, derelict brownfield sites and other post-industrial landscapes for new public uses and private development to the preservation of large-scale natural resources. Whatever the scale and scope, the firm looks to respond with imagination and clarity to the unique circumstances of each project, crafting ecologically smart and culturally significant built works of lasting distinction.
Current projects include the transformation of 75 acres at the heart of San Juan, Puerto Rico into a state of the art Science City; development of a new mixed use corridor for the City of Syracuse and Syracuse University; a master plan for the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus; transformation of the 2,200-acre landfill site Fresh Kills into what will be one of the world's largest urban parks; the High Line in New York City; the Botanical Garden of Puerto Rico; a 4-million sf urban redevelopment project, with 20 acres of public open space, in Westport, Baltimore; a new waterfront city in Chuncheon, Korea; Lake Ontario Park in Toronto; and the MGM/Mirage Pool and Gardens in Las Vegas.
The work of James Corner and field operations has been recognized by the New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design; the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Design; the Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation; the Architectural League of New York Design Award; and other professional design awards and prizes. The work also has been published and exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale; ArchiLAB, Paris; the Royal College of Art, London; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.