Formalizing Function: Using Programmatic Requirements as your Inner Super Hero Power
Presented by Rachel Loeffler RLA, ASLA Berkshire Design Group
Rachel Loeffler is a registered landscape architect in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. With over 15 years of experience, she brings to the profession a breadth of design, planning, and construction. Working locally, nationally, and internationally Rachel has contributed to a range of projects encompassing brownfield remediation, waterfront parks, public parks, campuses, rooftop gardens, schools, nature playgrounds, dog parks, and therapeutic gardens. Notable projects include the London 2012 Olympics, the Nashville Riverfront Project, Long Bridge Park in Arlington Virginia, South Hadley Plains School, Hershey Medical Center, an Equestrian Center for the State of Massachusetts, and the first private dog park in New England.
Rachel has taught and been a visiting critic at numerous institutions including the Boston Architectural College, UMass Amherst, Smith College, Wentworth College, Harvard, and RISD. Rachel combines her extensive professional experience with an integration of systems thinking, conceptual rigor, information graphics, programming, materiality, and sustainability. She had BA in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.
Rachel has calls the Valley home-- practicing landscape architecture locally with Berkshire Design Group in Northampton.
When she isn’t working or teaching, you can find her gardening, painting landscapes, or whitewater kayaking.
Co-hosted by the Architecture Department and Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning.
A day for high school and transfer students to tour the Design Building classrooms, gallery, labs, and studios;
learn about Landscape Architecture, Sustainable Community Development, and Architecture undergraduate programs.