Residential Design

Field Session

FS-002 - Gardens of the Arroyo Seco

Friday, October 20
7:30 AM - 4:15 PM


The alluring Arroyo Seco has inspired artists and architects for more than a century. Experience the work of historic and contemporary landscape architects who have embraced the area’s tradition of blending art and nature—including the iconic Gamble House, restored hillside estates, and the reimagined Norton Simon Museum garden.

$185 per person; includes transportation, bottled water, and catered lunch. Moderate walking.
Tickets may be purchased at the time of registration.

Learning Objectives:

Nord Eriksson


Now in his fourth decade of practice, Nord Eriksson, a partner and principal, has distinguished himself through his deep love of design and his shepherding of the firm’s growth. Early exposure to the profession (his father co-founded the firm) gave him a close up view of the myriad ways landscape architecture impacts the lives of others. His work spans the detailed craftsmanship of estate gardens to resilient and efficient commercial and campus environments. While stylistically wide-ranging, each garden is characterized by clarity, soulfulness, and a passion for making unique and enduring places.


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Kara Bjornlie


A native of the Los Angeles region, Kara Bjornlie, ASLA, an Associate at EPT Design, enjoys every aspect of art and design. She has a particular interest in planting as a medium to paint with color, texture, and sensation. Her extensive knowledge of native, adapted, and introduced plant species contribute to her role as a planting design mentor in our studios. Wide ranging influences from the worlds of music and architecture weave throughout her work and influence each garden in nuanced and artful ways.


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Lisa Gimmy

Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture

Lisa Gimmy, ASLA, LEED AP leads a research-driven practice focused on architecturally significant projects and learning landscapes. Her firm is the recipient of numerous awards and her projects and writings have been featured in LAM, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Magazine. She has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1987.


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Nancy Goslee Power

Nancy Goslee Power and Associates

Nancy Goslee Power’s ability to integrate cultural and landscape palettes, and her keen awareness of how people use space, enables her to create unique and visually striking environments that place her as one of the great landscape designers working today. She’s designed dramatic public and private gardens throughout Southern California with clients including Frank Gehry, The Norton Simon, and Pasadena’s Kidspace. Nancy Power was awarded the Henry Francis du Pont Medal in landscape design, she was an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2004, and was the recipient of the House Beautiful Giants of Design Award.


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Ann F. Scheid

Curator, Greene and Greene Archives
University of Southern California, The Gamble House

Ann Scheid is an independent scholar specializing in the architectural and landscape history of Pasadena and Southern California. The author of four books on Pasadena history, she has lectured widely and published in national journals. Her professional background includes historic preservation planning for the City of Pasadena and the State of California. She holds degrees from Vassar College, the University of Chicago, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Currently she is the curator of the Greene & Greene Archives located at the Huntington Library.


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FS-002 - Gardens of the Arroyo Seco

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