artemisia Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Architecture University of Buenos Aires, 1979
Masters in Landscape Architecture Harvard University, 1985
Maria Smithburg's experience in landscape architecture over the
last thirteen years has included master planning to completed
projects, such as urban parks and residential gardens. While
working at the Chicago Park District from 1988 to 1992 she was
responsible for presenting her work at public meetings and
working with community groups. Prior to working in the public
service, she spent her time designing commercial and
institutional landscapes for SOM from Chicago, Illinois and for
Walker-Kluesing Design Group from Boston, Massachusetts.
She's been running her own practice since 1992 and is currently
working on gardens in the Chicago area as well as in Harbor
County, Michigan. Her interest in the arts and her architectural
background allows her to better understand the relationship
between buildings and open space within an artistic context.
Her academic pursuit has involved teaching landscape design
theory at the University of Illinois in Chicago from 1988 to 1992.
She has also taught garden design courses at the Chicago
Botanic Garden from 1993 to 1994 which focused on
landscape elements that provide the opportunity for personal and
She has lectured at the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Arts Club
and numerous Garden Clubs in the Chicago area.
Landscape Architect- State of Illinois
REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT
Barlow Garden, Glencoe, IL
Chase Garden, Chicago, IL
Griffin Terrace, Chicago, IL
Aurinko Terrace Garden, Chicago, IL
Mansueto Garden, Lakeside, MI
Foreman Garden, Harbert, MI
REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS COMPLETED
Blhum –Kaul Terrace Garden, Chicago, IL
219 East Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
Beitler Garden, Winnetka, IL
Block Y, Chicago, IL
Burch Garden, Stevensvile, MI
Carlins Terrace Garden, Chicago, IL
Harris Garden, Sawer, MI
Neisser Garden, Aspen, CO
Neal Garden, Sawer, MI
Rayovac Headquarters, Madison, WI
Seneca Park, Chicago, IL
Walsh Garden, Burr Ridge, IL
Mayor Daley’s City Awards
-Second Place Rooftop Garden 2000
-Second Place Water Feature 2002
-First Place, Rooftop Garden 2001
-Silver Key Award for BLOCK Y from Home Builders Assoc. of Greater Chicago
- Illinois Chapter ASLA Honor Award for Seneca Park, 1991
artemisia 132 E.Delaware #6002 Chicago, IL 60611 312-654-1708 312-266-0545 fax
Sunday, February 8, 2009
THE GARDEN AND THE IMAGINATION WITH MARIA SMITHBURG
Two interactive lectures – $90.00 for the series
Wednesday Evenings, April 13th & May 11th, 6:15-8:00pm
Maria Smithburg, landscape architect, will discuss principles of imaginative garden design, illustrated with a stunning slide show of her work, and open your mind to new possibilities for your own home landscaping. And Maria loves questions.
Maria comes to Botanicals with wide experience in design, from urban parks to residential gardens, and with kudos as an enlightening lecturer at the University of Illinois – Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Arts Club and numerous garden clubs. A recipient of many design awards (including Mayor Daley’s City Award three times), Maria has a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard and Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires.
LECTURE I: The Imagination
We will look at the organizing ideas and principles that gives gardens meaning in different settings, remembering that “a garden is a garden not because of the plants in themselves, however fine they may be, but because they are so arranged that the imagination of the viewer creates something out of them.”
LECTURE II: Inspiration and Re-creation
We will look to the concept and content of some inspirational gardens, as well as to clues in nature, for sources of design ideas and as a way to consolidate our understanding of texture, form, color, structure and use of plant material in creating garden compositions.
CALL 773.269.3142 ext. 425 to REGISTER. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.