Railroad Park, Birmingham, AL.

Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture: Tom Leader

March 5, 2020
5:30p Reception, 6p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Tom Leader, founder and principal of TLS Landscape Architecture in Berkeley, California, will deliver the annual Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series.

For nearly 35 years, Leader has grounded his practice in an authentic understanding and appreciation of culture, ecology, craftsmanship, and design. Sincere in his exploration of the creative process, he has remained on the cutting edge of design innovation, his work widely recognized for excellence. Since founding TLS in 2001, he has sought to create "original, tangible experiences" of place in such award-winning projects as Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama, and RIVERFIRST in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and through his provocative site works and art installations. A former partner at Peter Walker + Partners, Leader earned a BA in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley and an MLA from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Leader received the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome in 1998/99 and was a finalist for the Smithsonian National Design Award in 2011. The work of TLS has been featured in various museum exhibitions including “Shanghai Carpet”, in MoMA New York’s 2007 “Groundswell”, concerning international landscape design. Leader lectures widely, and the work of TLS is published frequently.

Leader serves the Bay Area community as a member of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission Design Review Board as well as the City of Richmond Design Review Board. A Richmond resident, he leads the firm's pro bono planning work for the future of the 35-mile Richmond shoreline looking at the intersection of sea level rise and seismic stability planning. In 2016 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the ASLA.

Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture

This series of lectures in landscape architecture is sponsored by Anova, an innovator in the manufacturing of site furnishings for more than forty years. Past lecturers have included Adriaan Geuze, Chris Reed, Kate Orff, Susannah Drake, Matthew Coolidge, Nina-Marie Lister, Thomas Woltz, Michael Rakowitz, and Günther Vogt.