A Guide to the Diana Balmori Landscape Architectural Drawings 1990-1995 Balmori, Diana. Landscape Architectural Drawings Ms2004-001

A Guide to the Diana Balmori Landscape Architectural Drawings 1990-1995

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2004-001


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Processed by: Sreevidya Subramanian, Graduate Assistant and Jennifer Meehan, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
Ms2004-001
Title
Diana Balmori Landscape Architectural Drawings 1990-1995
Physical Characteristics
2 cu. ft.
Collector
Diana Balmori
Language
English
Abstract
Architectural drawings of Diana Balmori, landscape architect and design principal of Balmori Associates. Includes schematic and construction drawings and presentation boards for three design projects.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Diana Balmori Landscape Architectural Drawings must be obtained from the Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to site the collection should include the following information: Diana Balmori Landscape Architectural Drawings, Ms2004-001 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The Diana Balmori Landscape Architectural Drawings were donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech by the creator in June 2003.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Diana Balmori Landscape Architectural Drawings commenced in January and were completed in February 2004.


Biographical/Historical Information

Diana Balmori founded the design firm Balmori Associates, Inc. in 1990 and currently holds the position of Design Principal. She also holds an appointment at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and was the partner for landscape at Cesar Pelli and Associates from 1984 to 1990. Balmori did her undergraduate work in architecture at the University of Tucuman in Argentina, received her Ph.D in Urban history with highest honors from the University of California, Los Angeles and studied landscape design at Radcliffe College.

Balmori Associates was started primarily as a design firm with significant background and expertise in the design of landscapes. The firm's primary goal has been to combine artistic design with ecological principles. Balmori Associates has since then been able to adopt this design strategy to almost all their projects from the Prairie Waterway in Farmington, Minnesota to the landscape for 20 River Terrace in New York - the nation's first "Green" apartment building. Since founding the firm in 1990, Balmori Associates' work has been recognized in many publications and museum exhibits and has received many awards.

Scope and Content Information

The collection consists of drawings, sketches, and presentation boards related to Balmori's work, with her firm Balmori Associates, on three landscape design projects. Projects include commissions for the courtyard design for the Humanities and Social Sciences Building at the University of California, Riverside, the master plan for Loring Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the courtyard and landscape design for the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in New Jersey. All the projects were completed in the period from 1990 to 1996.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically by project.

Other Finding Aids

Inventory of drawings available upon request.

Contents List

Humanities and Social Sciences Building, University of California, Riverside, 1991-1995
Oversize: 1-3, 9-12

Schematic designs, studies, plans, and presentation boards for campus courtyard design.

Loring Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994
Oversize: 4

Plans, schematic drawings, elevations, and land use pattern for master plan.

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, 1990-1992
Oversize: 5-8

Elevations, plans, sections, details, and presentation boards for courtyard and landscape design.