LA-Hort Spring 2018 Lecture Series: Claudia West, ASLA

Thurs. Feb 1st at 6:30pm in the Architecture Building, Room 104

Main Campus

Our planet is rapidly losing its foundation of life—the very plants that sustain us and most other creatures on earth. We know that planting more ecological and functional plants in our gardens is an important part of the solution. However, many functional gardens that focus on ecological benefits often suffer for aesthetic challenges and fail to inspire the public. Great planting design is an essential part of the solution. Join us as we dig deeper into inspiring design principles derived from wild plant communities that resonate deeply within us and trigger stunning emotional responses. We will analyze archetypal landscapes and translate their principles into smaller planting spaces to help you create the ecological plant oasis of your dreams that will blow you away with stunning beauty!


Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry— as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2015).

Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. She studied plant habitats and the science of plant community-based design strategies at the renowned school for horticulture in Weihenstephan, Germany. Before co-founding Phyto Studio, Claudia was ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg, PA, where she focused on bridging the gap between growers, designers, and land managers as well as introducing more functional and beautiful ecological plants into the nursery trade.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Temple University Architecture Gallery, Rm. 104

2001 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Co-sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, AED, Tyler School of Art, Temple University General Activities Fund (GAF), Temple University Ambler Arboretum, Temple University Sustainability Office, and PADE ASLA (Eastern Chapter).

Coordinated by Assoc. Professor Hurley-Kurtz. 1.2 Landscape Architecture CEU’s available for $12 fee. 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler PA 19002 |267-468-8181 ||