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Mertz Library Humanities

Winter Lecture Series: Susana Rojas Saviñón and Hortense Blanchard

Thursday, February 23, 2023

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Online

Estudio Ome: An Ode to the Land

Susana Rojas Saviñón and Hortense Blanchard share what makes their Mexico City practice unique, including their use of aromatic, edible, medicinal, and native Mexican plants, some of which they propagate from wild seeds they collect. The pair will discuss their award-winning Forest Garden, a residential landscape located within an ecological reserve that features a vegetable garden, natural pool, and fern garden. They will also provide a look at Lava Garden, which turned a lawn-covered suburban backyard into a lush oasis that realigns the garden with the land’s original volcanic ecology and the house’s midcentury modernist architecture.

Led by Susana Rojas Saviñón and Hortense Blanchard, Estudio Ome designs gardens that strike the perfect balance between what is built and what is alive. The recipient of Mexico’s 2020 Young Creators Grant and Professor at Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana, Rojas Saviñón holds a MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design. A French landscape architect, Blanchard previously worked for Dan Pearson, Rozana Montiel, and Irène Djao Rakitine.

Image ©Diego Padilla Magallanes

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About the Speakers

Susana Rojas Savinon trained as an architect in Mexico City and holds a M.Phil. in Architecture and Urban Design from the Architectural Association in London. In Helsinki, she took part in the Wood Program in Architecture and Design at Aalto University. She was awarded the Young Creators Grant from the National Fund for the Culture and the Arts in 2020 and since 2019 is a professor at Iberoamericana University in Mexico City.

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Hortense Blanchard is a French landscape architect graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage in Versailles after having studied applied arts and space design at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Metiers de l’Art Boulle in Paris. She worked in Mexico City for Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura and in London for the Landscape Architect Irène Djao Rakitine and the garden designer Dan Pearson before starting her own practice.

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We offer Continuing Education credits (CEUS) for LA CES and APLD for successful completion of this lecture.