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MORRIS ARBORETUM @ THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

WE LOVE THIS PLACE.

The Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia was Andropogon’s first project and remains a special place where we go to celebrate, to learn, and to recharge. Andropogon’s 1978 master plan and many implementation projects have guided the institution through 40 years of growth. In 1978, the site was visited by over 25,000 people a year. Today, it attracts 130,000 visitors annually. According to the arboretum’s most recent strategic plan, “adhering to an overarching vision has enabled the Arboretum to transform itself from a sleepy, overgrown private estate to a first class botanical institution.” All of our work at the Morris Arboretum has focused on the user experience, integrating art and science at the scale of human experience to reveal our critical relationship with our environment.

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Our contributions at the Morris Arboretum include developing a natural and cultural inventory; renovating historical landscape features; creating an overall circulation system with new pedestrian paths, a new entrance road, and environmentally responsible parking lot; designing new gardens; and restoring habitat. Most recently, Andropogon worked with Overland Partners to design the LEED™ Platinum Horticultural Center at Bloomfield Farm.

PROJECT INFORMATION

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Size: 66 acres
  • Role: Landscape Architect of Record
  • Services: Master Planning, Institutional Visioning and Development, Ecological Planning and Restoration, Stream Restoration, Stormwater Management, Environmental Analysis, Sustainable Site Design, Construction Documentation and Observation, Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS

  • 2012 American Architecture Award for the Horticultural Center from the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
  • 2004 The Landmark Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, for the Strategic Master Plan for Renewal
  • 2000 Centennial Medallion “recognizing significant works of landscape architecture,” from the American Society of Landscape Architects