Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Gregory Miller, FASLA, credits two familial influences for shaping his career: farming and … nuclear physics. Miller, whose ancestral line connects him to settlers who debarked the Mayflower to build life anew, comes from generations of farmers. Both of his parents are from rural Ohio, where his family has had roots for over 150 years. His father broke this mold when he earned his PhD in physics and began working as a nuclear physicist. "What I realized a few years ago," Miller recalls, "is that my enjoyment of landscape architecture and the way that I see the world and projects have combined that sense of physics and of systems with the more tangible connection to the land and the landscape and the art of landscape architecture. And so I've become the culmination of generations of farmers with this underlying interest in how things work below the surface." Serendipity in Finding a Path Miller's path to becoming a landscape architect was shaped by his penchant for design. He said his early design desires focused on architecture, advertising or graphic arts – but something was missing from those choices. Then one day Miller was talking to his high school friend about the future and the idea of designing parks and public spaces. Unbeknownst to Miller, this friend's father was a landscape architect and did those very things. Driven by his newfound goal of becoming a landscape architect, Miller met his friend's father, Walt Weaver, who became Miller's mentor. This 100-acre landscape at the intersection of Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 in the heart of Albuquerque blends common New Mexico patterns associated with slot canyons and foothills landscapes with more modern sweeping forms inspired by the flyovers. The artwork uses stylized Pueblo Deco patterns that relate to Albuquerque's unique aesthetic. This project was a feature and cover for the April 2010 issue of LASN. PHOTO: ROBERT RECK 26 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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