Lisa Tziona Switkin is one of the winners of the 2007-2008 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture (Garden Club of America Rome Prize) from the American Academy in Rome. Lisa is a Senior Associate at Field Operations, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm in New York City.
Her Rome Prize proposal is titled: Monument Landscapes: Constriction and Construction of the City. From the proposal: “Rome is advertised as a city of discrete monuments, but in actuality it is a city of layers with its history stretched over the entirety of the city. If we accept the city of Rome as an historical landscape in and of itself, in which the remains of distinctive monuments
are embedded, then why not understand the zones around its monuments as unique spaces in their own right as well as recognize their potential to influence the growth and development of the city and to connect its seemingly disparate monument. I am interested in studying ‘monument landscapes’: the effects and influences of monuments and their associated territory on planning initiatives and the growth and development of Rome, how the outlines of these monuments, both at the surface and below ground, have been identified, marked, and treated over time, how zones around the monuments have engaged and contributed to the life of the city, how the study and recognition of these zones could inform future representations of site, territory, and ground, and how as contemporary public urban spaces, landscapes, and frameworks they have organized the fabric of the city.”
Lisa received her BA degree in 1996 from the Urban Planning program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2002, she received her MLA degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she was awarded the Faculty Medal for Excellence and the ASLA Honor Award. Prior to joining Field Operations, she worked as a landscape designer for W Architecture.