Join us at the James Rose Center for this three-part lecture series as we explore the past, present and future impacts and concepts of James Rose.

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October 8th – Origins of the James Rose House & Garden: Ridgewood’s Modern Masterpiece

Dean Cardasis, FASLA, is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; director of the James Rose Center; and principal designer of Cave Hill Landscape Architects. His landscape designs and modern preservation projects have won national awards, and his articles on modern and contemporary design have been widely published.  His biography of James Rose, James Rose: A Voice Offstage, won the J.B. Jackson Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.

October 15th – Practicing Sustainability in the Home Garden

Arianna Lindberg received her master’s degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University and joined the faculty as an instructor in 2015. In the classroom and studio, much of Arianna’s teaching focuses on the intersection between landscape architecture and agriculture. She is currently pursuing a PhD in geography with research interests in food systems and farm labor in New Jersey.

October 22nd – The Preservation Plan for the James Rose Center

Meredith Arms Bzdak, PhD, is an architectural historian, overseeing the majority of the firm’s cultural resource management projects, which include Historic Structure Reports,
Preservation Plans, Master Plans, and National Register of Historic Places Nominations. She also often serves as Architectural Historian for these projects, conducting background
research and preparing statements of significance. Meredith also contributes to a number of the firm’s preservation and planning projects, working with a range of government, higher education, and cultural institutions. Meredith holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and a PhD in Art History from Rutgers University. As Associate Graduate Faculty at Rutgers University in the Art History Department, she has taught classes on the development of the modern American city (specifically New York and Los Angeles), the preservation of the recent past, and Modern Italian Architecture. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of DOCOMOMO US. She is a Chair Emeritus of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) and a former board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Meredith is the author of Public Sculpture in New Jersey; Monuments to Collective Identity.

Michael J. Mills, FAIA, has devoted his career to the preservation and adaptive use design of some of the region’s most significant historic structures. He has served as Chair of the Advisory Group of the AIA Historic Resources Committee and is a past president of Preservation New Jersey, a statewide non-profit. Michael is a national peer reviewer for the GSA Design Excellence program, and was a long-time member of the NJ Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board. He has lectured at Princeton University’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and at the Association for Preservation Technology’s (APT) international conference, and serves as Associate Graduate Faculty in the Rutgers University Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program. Publication credits include the APT Bulletin, the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Justice Journal, and Design & Historic Preservation: The Challenge of Compatibility (University of Delaware Press). Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University; his Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University; and a postgraduate certificate from the International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome, Italy. He is a Registered Architect in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Ohio, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.