ASLA-NY: Tour of the Atrium at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice

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ASLA-NY: Tour of the Atrium at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice

June 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Photo of atrium inside ford foundation with trees and glass walls


The Ford Foundation for Social Justice headquarters building, designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates in 1968, included a 9,000 square foot, 160 foot tall Atrium garden designed by Dan Kiley. The Foundation’s mission-driven renovation modernized the building and also included a renovation of the garden to restore the spirit of the original Kiley design.

Kiley’s original design intent had been degraded throughout the years due to pests and environmental conditions. Kiley’s design distanced him from the orthogonal layout he was known for by paying homage to the New England forest. His plant selections maintained open sightlines for transparency and light penetration, complementing the Atrium’s monumental scale and creating an intimate garden experience. The collaborative design team, led by Raymond Jungles, Inc. with SiteWorks and James Urban providing technical know-how, worked to restore Kiley’s vision and maintain his intent, despite the challenges of restoring a garden inside a landmark building.

Annette Wilkus

Annette is a registered Landscape Architect and LEED® Accredited Professional with over three decades of experience in design, construction documentation and construction management.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Landscape Architecture, and holds a certificate in Construction Management from New York University.  Throughout her career she has been interested in the technical aspects of Landscape Architecture, including the construction of landscapes. Annette founded SiteWorks Landscape Architecture after recognizing the need for a knowledge base that encompasses both site and landscape implementation expertise on construction sites.  She has a wide knowledge base in site related issues including design (both hardscape and planting); design documentation, and implementation including detailing and sequencing of construction activities.

Launching the firm in 2005 with such well-known projects as Teardrop Park North and South, the High Line Sections I and II, she has remained integrally involved in all of the firm’s projects. With a focus on bridging the communication gap between design and construction, she is continually reaching out to other Landscape Architects, teaming for constructability reviews, and offering technical assistance for innovative designs and manufactured soils.

Aspects of particular interest to Annette are soils and their importance in the landscape.  Her discussion of the design phase extends from site analysis, to identifying general questions that need to be asked of the client, to what maintenance practices will be implemented.  The implementation discussion includes working with the Construction Manager/General Contractor, sequencing of construction, testing time line and installation/amendment practices for the soil.

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Tour of Ford Foundation Atrium

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June 10, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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ASLA New York
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Ford Foundation
320 E 43rd Street
New York City, NY 10017 United States
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