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‘Andrea Cochran: Landscapes’ lecture tonight at the U

Andrea Cochran is principal of her own landscape-architecture firm in San Francisco. For her award-winning projects, Cochran takes inspiration from such minimalist artists as Robert Irwin, and the work of such early modernist landscape architects as Dan Kiley, Garrett Eckbo and James Rose.

Whether she’s designing for the Portland Art Museum or an affordable-housing community, the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute or Stone Edge Farm, she sculpts space through an aesthetic integration of landscape, art and architecture. Her materials palette ranges from salvaged rock to native plants, which she organizes into rigorous compositions.

She was recently honored as one of the Landscape Design Award finalists in the Cooper Hewitt 2010 National Design Awards. Tonight, she’ll also be the focus of an exhibition, “Andrea Cochran: Landscapes”  in Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota.

A reception follows Cochran’s lecture on how she shapes space in small gardens and expansive landscapes. The exhibition will be open until Oct. 24.

Lecture and reception with Andrea Cochran. 6 p.m. lecture followed by reception, Monday, Oct. 4. Rapson Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Free.

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