Lois Sherr Dubin | Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

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From 1969 to 2014, Lois Sherr Dubin was principal in her own landscape architectural firms with offices in Manhattan and Santa Monica:

• Lois Sherr Landscape Architect
• Luis Villa/Lois Sherr Associated
• Sherr and Wagner Landscape Architects

All were professional corporations of landscape architects and architects, experienced in all aspects of site planning and design. She strove to produce work that joined divergent elements into a cohesive and attractive whole.

The predominant focus was to create clear, tight designs where the practical and the beautiful coexisted. This was accomplished in a wide range of national and international projects (from intimate gardens through larger-scale master plans), often in collaboration with prominent local and national architectural firms.

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This memorial park, designed by Louis I. Kahn, was completed in 2012, forty years after it was originally conceived. Ms. Dubin was part of the original design team in 1974. A major component of her work in the latest construction phase (2008 through 2012) was to ensure that Kahn’s original design intent from the granite walls and paving details to the spacing and selection of trees remained intact.

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  • Aerial view of the southern end of Roosevelt Island, showing the park at the tip of the island

  • The layout of the park, with the entry steps leading up to the lawn

  • Entering the park

  • The lawn

  • Beyond the lawn is this plaza. At the apex of this triangular park is a bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • The bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the surrounding granite slab.

  • The back of the granite slab is inscribed with FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech. The next image shows the text.


  • (Swipe down to see entire speech.)


    In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world. The second is freedoms of every person to worship god in his own way – everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want… everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear… anywhere in the world. That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt,
    January 6, 1941

    In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world. The second is freedoms of every person to worship god in his own way – everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want… everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear… anywhere in the world. That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.

    —Franklin D. Roosevelt,
    January 6, 1941

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University & Corporate Design

Ms. Dubin's work includes completed designs for university campuses, corporations, parks, museums, public housing and private residences throughout the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Among these are: the Salk Institute addition, La Jolla; Mission Park Residential Housing, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.; the Student Union at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh; AT&T Longline Headquarters, Bedminster, N.J and a 500 acre university campus in Iran.

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  • Student Union, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
    Plattsburgh, NY (1974) Mitchell/Giurgola Architects

  • Detail of the intricate and decorative concrete design around a tree at the Student Union.

  • AT&T Longline Headquarters
    Bedminster, NJ, John Carl Warnecke, Architect (1977)

  • AT&T Longline Headquarters

  • AT&T Longline Headquarters

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Residences

Especially a residential garden, the practical and the beautiful must be in harmony. A successful plan also makes a garden seem as if it always looked that way.

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  • Residence, Amagansett, NY (1989)

  • Residence, Amagansett, NY (1989)

  • Residence, Amagansett, NY (1989)

  • Residence, Rupert, Vermont (1999-2017)

  • Residence, Rupert, Vermont (1999-2017)

  • Residence, Wainscott, NY (1991-2008)

  • Residence, Wainscott, NY (1991-2008)

  • Residence, Wainscott, NY (1991-2008)

  • Residence, Wainscott, NY (1991-2008)

  • Residence, Wainscott, NY (1991-2008)

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