On November 10th, the UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture (UBC SALA) welcomes Julie Bargmann, founding principle of D.I.R.T. and winner of the inaugural Oberlander Prize, to deliver her lecture, “What Would Cornelia Do?”

Julie Bargmann is internationally recognized as an innovator in the design and building of regenerative landscapes. She founded D.I.R.T. studio to research, design, and build projects with passion and rigor. Raised in New Jersey, Bargmann is forthright and unafraid to provoke debate to tease out what matters most about places. She is the inaugural recipient of the 2021 Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Prize in Landscape Architecture, and has received the American Academy in Rome Prize, and the National Design Award by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum. After thirty years of teaching generations to take risks and do good, not just design, she was recently named Professor Emerita in Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia.

“Landscapes are hard, all messy and complex. Sites are tough, many toxic and degraded. Neighborhoods are complicated, uniquely layered and deserving,” Julie says. ” As the inaugural laureate of the Oberlander International Prize in Landscape Architecture, I gratefully feel the legacy of Cornelia as a constant kick in the ass. Good design isn’t enough: environmental regeneration, social equity, savvy resourcefulness and sheer joy is required. Be it a coal mine, a shipyard, a city full of polluted soils, and all sorts of abandoned sites, DIRT does what Cornelia would do: dig deep, carefully and empathetically find, let form and process emerge from the place, and design the landscape with a vengeance.”

Event Details

Oberlander Lecture: Julie Bargmann
November 10, 2023
UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC