POSTER FINAL Revised 012921 new deadline
2021 Competition

Reimagining the Visitor Experience

2021 Competition Overview

When founded in 1891 by landscape architect Charles Eliot, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) name was much better understood. The term “reservation” was used by Eliot to describe his own notion of "park-making." Unlike Frederick Law Olmsted, whose approach to designing parks was to start from scratch, Eliot favored selecting natural or cultural landscapes that had inherent beauty and interest and then improve, preserve, and open them to the public. The Trustees of Reservations is the first private, nonprofit conservation organization of its kind in the country.

Governor Ames Estate lies in the center of the tightly developed village of North Easton, Massachusetts. It is adjacent to regional populations from the surrounding communities of over 320,000 people. The town recently has moved to create a cultural district to create a cohesive approach to marketing all it has to offer and creating opportunities for partnerships across many of the organizations. The cultural district is the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District and seeks to connect visitors to town landmarks, private businesses, and cultural initiatives.

The estate house site itself holds a prominent position in the landscape, which had been carefully chosen and manipulated in design by Governor Ames. It still captures one of the best vantage points on the property, with views down to both the Fish Pond and Shovelshop Pond and well positioned to capture the summer breeze.

Students are to design a 1,500 square foot event pavilion near or within the Estate House footprint to have a unique relationship with the designed landscape that can enhance the visitor experience and provide a platform for community, family gatherings and celebrations inviting new and regular visitors to the Ames Estate.

A nearby stone carriage house built in the style of the original mansion is to remain and may be considered as usable for the pavilion support program elements. Foundation ruins of the 1897 greenhouse and conservatory complex are to be reimagined as part of the program.

Submission Deadline: May 28, 2021


Mark Hutker, FAIA

Hutker Architects
Director / Lyceum Fellowship

Stephen Stimson, FASLA

Stephen Stimson Associates
Landscape Architects

Lauren Stimson, ASLA

Principal and Partner
Stephen Stimson Associates
Landscape Architects

Catherine Truman, AIA LEED

Catherine Truman Architects

Matthew Cunningham, RLA

Matthew Cunningham
Landscape Design, LLC

Molly Moore

Associate, Director of Marketing
Miller Dyer Spears
Committee Member / Lyceum Fellowship

2021 Winners

LF 8813 Josiah Kinney Page 1
1st Prize

Josiah Kinney

Clemson University

David Lee
Associate Professor

LF 8959 Avery Seip Page 1
2nd Prize

Avery Seip

The Savannah College of Art and Design

Dr. Hsu-Jen Huang
Architecture Professor

LF 9126 Gabrielle Boyar Page 1
3rd Prize

Gabrielle Boyar

University of Miami

Joanna Lombard

LF 9197 Ethan Boerner Page 1

Ethan Boerner

University of Nebraska

Peter Olshavsky IV
Associate Professor

LF 8933 Daniel Young Page 1

Daniel Young

University of Hawaii

Clark Llewellyn
Professor and Director of Global Track

LF 9009 Gabriel Velasco Page 1

Gabriel Velasco

The Savannah College of Art and Design

Dr. Hsu-Jen Huang
Architecture Professor

LF 8943 Grace Woo Page 1

Grace Woo

Boston Architectural College

Shaun Lynch

LF 8966 Pankti Thakkar Page 1

Pankti Thakkar

The Savannah College of Art and Design

Catalina Strother
Architecture Professor

LF 8766 Weichen Wang Page 1

Weichen Wang

Harvard University

Ron Witte

Mikayla Williams Page 1
Jon McKee Prize

Mikayla Williams

University of Tennessee

Kevin Stevens
Faculty Advisor