November 2017


Alison Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielian - Landscape Real-and-Imagined

  • Monday, 20 November 2017 - 6:30pm
AAR Lecture Room

Rather than passive and neutral scenery, our practice (foreground design agency) frames landscape as an active agent of culture and creativity. Our landscape inquiries probe the intermediary space of the real and the imagined, the situated and the speculative, realism and idealism, the physical and the representational. Rather than a problem-solution approach to design, therefore, our work thrives on this critical opening up - between theory and practice, between design and research, between fact and fiction, between past and present (and future). The shoptalk will present our working methods and projects.

Alison Hirsch and Aroussiak Gabrielian are the Prince Charitable Trusts/Rolland Rome Prize Fellows in Landscape Architecture and Co-founders of foreground design agency in Los Angeles, California.

Alison Hirsch is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the School of Architecture, University of Southern California.

Aroussiak Gabrielian is a Ph D candidate in Media Arts and Practice at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.

The event will be held in English. You can watch this event livestreamed at

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.