Mid-Century Landscape Design: Roots and Legacies

Marin Art and Garden Center, installation by Robert Royston, 1948, photographer unknown

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Bay Area design editor Zahid Sardar will lead celebrated designers Roderick Wyllie and James Lord of Surfacedesign and landscape architect Andrea Cochran in a lively conversation accompanied by slides that will examine the impact of mid-century design on the California landscape and how it manifests itself in contemporary works by them. Inspired in part by Garrett Eckbo and also by Robert Royston (designer of Mitchell Park in Palo Alto), Thomas Church (creator of The Donnell Garden) and Gardner Dailey, all of whom worked on the Marin Art and Garden Center’s 1945 reincarnation as a public space, Wyllie, Lord, and Cochran have created large and small spaces of their own that will surely influence the next generation of designers.

The backdrop for the evening will be “Cool Outside,” an exciting exhibition curated by JC Miller (an associate of Royston). Its jazzy leitmotif celebrates the roots of California’s interdisciplinary designs. A wine reception and book sale will follow the event.





Jul 28 2021


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Questions? email info@maringarden.org or call 415-455-5260


The Studio
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957


  • Zahid Sardar
    Zahid Sardar
    Editor, writer, and curator

    Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco-based editor, writer, and curator specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. He has authored many design books, curated exhibitions, and was the San Francisco Chronicle’s design editor for 20 years. Most recently he was the editor-in-chief of Spaces Magazine. His work has also appeared in New York Times, Dwell, Interiors, Western Interiors & Design, Interior Design, House & Garden, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Landscape Architecture. He has taught design history at the California College of the Arts and has written several other books, including “West Coast Modern,” “New Garden Design” and “In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights.” His new “Spotlight with Zahid Sardar” webcast format features live interviews with designers, architects and landscape architects.

  • Andrea Cochran
    Andrea Cochran
    Founding Principal, ACLA

    Andrea Cochran, FASLA is founder and principal of San Francisco-based Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture and has been practicing landscape architecture in the Bay Area for over thirty years. Her firm is internationally recognized and is frequently featured in design publications as well as the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Cochran’s work has garnered numerous design awards, most notably the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Design Medal in 2014. A monograph of her firm’s work was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009.

  • James A. Lord
    James A. Lord
    Founding Partner, Surfacedesign

    Before co-founding Surfacedesign, Inc., James worked at the offices of Peter Walker and Partners, Martha Schwartz Partners and Hargreaves Associates. His stewardship of the firm’s design practice has produced a wide range of award-winning projects for Surfacedesign. James’s innovative design approach has established Surfacedesign as a leader in urban design and sustainability in New Zealand. James received his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BARCH from the University of Southern California. He has served on the Harvard Alumni Council since 2004 and is an ASLA Fellow.

  • Roderick Wyllie
    Roderick Wyllie
    Partner, Surfacedesign

    Roderick is an award-winning landscape architect, ASLA Fellow, and founding principal of Surfacedesign, Inc.. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of plants and years of experience working on both public and private projects. Leading the office’s residential, estate and vineyard design efforts, Roderick integrates his passion for craft and vast knowledge of material construction to inform all phases of the design process. Roderick received his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BA in Music.

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