Mertz Library Humanities

21st Annual Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series: Andrea Cochran

“The edges become diaphanous, the spaces ephemeral.” Andrea Cochran, FASLA, blurs lines—between nature and the built environment, between exterior and interior, between our need for expansion and for refuge. Her landscapes have a permeable quality and make visitors feel introspective and safe, while connected to the surrounding environment.

The interplay between light, shadow, and architectural materials at Windhover Contemplative Center, a spiritual retreat and art sanctuary at Stanford University, creates a sense of chapel-like calm on a bustling campus. Helen Diller Civic Center Playground, with its soaring steel spires, interactive light pieces, and inventive play structures, breathes new life into a blighted area of San Francisco. And two private homes—the Telegraph Hill Residence (California) and the Birmingham Residence (Michigan)—dissolve the barriers between their denizens and the surrounding landscapes.


Andrea Cochran, FASLA, is a recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape and the ASLA Design Medal. Her firm, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, has garnered an ASLA Award of Excellence in Residential Design for the Birmingham Residence, and numerous other awards. She graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Photo of Andrea Cochran