Biennially, the SPDC Landscape Architecture Program hosts the Graphic Workshop and Big Ten Design Charrette. This is a fun and creative design event that allows SPDC students to work with nationally acclaimed designers to draw and write ideas for the future vision of local community- and University-based sites. It also provides an opportunity for the public to give comments and ideas as the design unfolds and allows them to learn how community planning works.
The highlight of the Graphic Workshop and Design Charrette is the design competition in which SPDC students have the opportunity to work together in teams to develop concepts and draw ideas for a proposed site. A jury of professional landscape architects, developers and industry peers then choose the winning team and design. After the winning drawing goes through final revisions in Nieratko’s 4th year studio, it is sent to the community, politial entities and developers for consideration and/or further design by professional staff and private developers.
From Left: Sophomore Dexin Chen, First Year Alum Jessica Wendlandt, Freshman Hanhao Yuan, SPDC Senior Specialist Paul Nieratko, Senior Bridget Safferman, Senior Maudie Smith, Landscape Architect Bob Chipman, Landscape Architect James Richards and Sophomore Tierra Nelson (not pictured).
*It should be noted that the winning designs from prior competitions were submitted to and reviewed for consideration by the communities, political entities and developers, but not all of them made it to the construction phase.
Questions about this event should be directed to Paul Nieratko, LA Senior Specialist and Design Studio Instructor.