February 13, 2024
Principal, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates
Lecture: Beyond Bold: Inspiration, Collaboration, Evolution
Eric Groft, a landscape architect and Principal of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, will present a lecture on the book he co-authored, Beyond Bold: Inspiration, Collaboration, Evolution. Groft is known for his diversity in residential, commercial, and institutional work, and has been commissioned for prestigious projects including master planning and design efforts for the American Museum and Gardens in Bath, UK, and the 2020 renovation of the White House Rose Garden, which today features universal accessibility, critical upgrades to irrigation and drainage, and state-of-the-art electrical infrastructure for lighting and media technology. An expanded palette includes 200 additional rose bushes and a diverse selection of perennials. He has also designed multiple commissions for the Federal Reserve Campus in Washington, DC. His frequently published design accomplishments in residential work include Manhattan rooftop terraces; oceanfront estates on Long Island; historic properties in Connecticut and Upstate New York; farm properties in New York and New Jersey; a 3,500-acre nature preserve/hunting lodge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and a 45,000-acre cattle ranch in New South Wales, Australia. Groft is widely recognized as an industry leader in ecological sensitivity, environmental/wetland restoration, and shoreline stabilization/revetment. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a Co-Chair of the Board of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a member of the UVA School of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Board and a board member of the Hammond Harwood House in Annapolis, MD.