Landscape architect Nicholas Quennell shares life-work insights in video

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Nicholas Quennell (right) with Lawrence Halprin in San Francisco.

Nicholas Quennell (right) with Lawrence Halprin in
San Francisco. (Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.)

The Cultural Landscape Foundation just released the latest installment in their Pioneers Oral History series with a 64-minute interview-style documentary with landscape architect Nicholas Quennell.

Quennell recalls his evolution as a landscape architect, from his beginnings as an architect working with Lawrence Halprin and creating the now-iconic Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco, to establishing his firm, Quennell Rothschild & Partners in New York in 1968. Although best known for his projects such as the Central Park Children’s Zoo, Fort Tryon Park, Lighthouse Park, East River 60th Street Pavilion, and Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Quennell also had a brief stint as a pop artist, taught at Columbia University, and served as president of the New York City Art Commission, among other colorful experiences, such as living in the Chelsea Hotel in the 1960s.

The Fort Tryon Park Heather Garden in New York City.

The Fort Tryon Park Heather Garden in
New York City. (Photo Credit: Eddie Crimmins, Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation)

Central Park Children’s Zoo.

Central Park Children’s Zoo. (Photo Credit: Barrett Doherty; Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.)

Lighthouse Park in New York City.

Lighthouse Park in New York City. (Photo Credit:
Barrett Doherty; Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.)

Drawing from his over 50 years of experience in the field, Quennell offers valuable insights not only on the past several decades of landscape architecture, but also the future of where it is headed. The 64-minute video is divided into one to two-minute segments which can be watched here.

Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art in
Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Google Maps; Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation)

East River 60th Street Pavilion

East River 60th Street Pavilion. (Photo Credit:
Barrett Doherty; Courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation)

Nicholas Quennell

Nicholas Quennell (Photo Credit: Alison Shipley; Courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.)

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