F.L. Olmsted & Co.
Smith College Landscape Master Plan
The Smith College campus of today is almost five times larger than it was in 1892 when Frederick Law Olmsted developed its first landscape master plan. The challenge posed by the College was to expand Olmsted’s historic vision, while enhancing the aesthetic, pedagogical and communal values of the institution.
T|G’s plan, prepared with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, manages to achieve these goals through a strategic application of core planning principles expressed through a vocabulary of forms and materials. The Botanic Garden was expanded to address ecological concerns and to include new areas for environmental studies. The campus gateways, its edges and its street crossings were redesigned for visual identity, pedestrian safety and civic improvement.