James Corner, Founder and CEO of James Corner Field Operations, is the landscape architect for the current generation of projects at Princeton University. James will join Ron McCoy, Princeton’s University Architect, in a conversation about the role of landscape in the design of cities and the campus. Moderated by James Steward, Art Museum Director.
James Corner, RLA, FASLA
Founder and CEO
James Corner is Founder and CEO of James Corner Field Operations, based in New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, London, and Shenzhen. James has devoted the past 30 years to advancing the field of landscape architecture and urbanism, primarily through his leadership on high-visibility, complex urban projects around the world, as well as through teaching, public speaking, and writing. Important urban public-realm projects include New York’s highly acclaimed High Line; Chicago’s Navy Pier; Seattle’s Central Waterfront; London’s South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside; and Shenzhen’s city of Qianhai, a new coastal city for 3 million people.
James’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, most notably the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and the American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Architecture. His work has been published broadly and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum; the National Building Museum; the Royal Academy of Art in London; and the Venice Biennale. His books include The High Line: Foreseen/Unforeseen (Phaidon, 2015); The Landscape Imagination (Princeton, 2014); and Taking Measures Across the American Landscape (Yale, 1996). He was named by Time as one of “Ten Most Influential Designers”; by Fast Company as one of the “Top 50 Innovators”; and has been featured in many prominent publications. James is emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where he has served on the faculty since 1989, and as Professor and Chairman 2000–2013. He serves on the Board of the Urban Design Forum and the Government Advisory Board of Shenzhen.
Ron McCoy, FAIA, University Architect
Ron McCoy was appointed University Architect at Princeton University in August 2008. He provides overall guidance for the planning, architecture, and landscape of the Princeton campus. He was part of the facilities team that delivered dozens of major new projects that were envisioned in the 2016 campus plan. He recently led the effort to create the 2026 Campus Plan, which provides a framework for University growth over the next ten years in the context of potential needs and developments over a thirty-year period.
Prior to joining Princeton, Ron served as University Architect at Arizona State University, overseeing approximately 6 million s.f. of new construction, including the creation of a new campus in downtown Phoenix. At ASU, he was also a professor and Director of the School of Architecture.
Mr. McCoy was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2007 and received the AIA Arizona Architects Medal in 2006. He received a BS in Architecture from the University of Southern California and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. When his schedule allows, he teaches a Freshman Seminar entitled “Architecture and the American College Campus.”
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LATE THURSDAYS! This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970.
Spanish-language live closed-captioning for this program is made possible by the Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council.