Nancy Goslee Power
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“Nancy Goslee Power is to landscape what Frank Gehry is to architecture,” famed California historian Kevin Starr once remarked. In his book “Coast of Dreams, California on the Edge, 1990-2003”, he describes her style as ‘eclectic boldness’. Her ability to integrate cultural and landscape palettes, as well as her keen awareness of how people use space, enables her to create unique, visually striking and well received environments that place her as one of the great landscape designers working today. Frank Gehry calls her “a very special landscape designer. Her understanding and love of plant material makes a big difference to her designs.” Nancy Power was awarded the 1999 Henry Francis du Pont Medal in landscape architecture, she was an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2004, and was the recipient of the 2005 House Beautiful Giants of Design Award.
Nancy Power is Chairman of the Board of the Garden School Foundation, which is dedicated to creating schoolyard gardens to provide students with opportunities to benefit from hands-on exposure to nature. This interest has created a new focus for her public work; she has just completed a garden for Inner-City Arts, a non-profit arts facility for high poverty inner-city children, and has two more projects in the works, The Herb Albert Educational Village, which will have a kitchen garden on its roof, and the Children’s Institute, another inner-city educational garden and community center.
Nancy Power is a trustee of the Santa Monica Museum of Art and is a board member of the new Los Angeles Park Conservancy Foundation. She serves as a City of Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commissioner and on the Advisory Board for the Santa Monica Museum of Art. She is the author of the classic book, The Gardens of California: Four Centuries of Design from Mission to Modern published by Hennessey and Ingalls and her new monograph, “Power of Gardens”, was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang.
Nancy Goslee Power & Associates is a Santa Monica, California based landscape design firm that has designed over 150 public and private gardens throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. NGP&A projects vary in scale and program and include private gardens, public spaces, parks, museum campuses, master plans and children’s gardens. NGP&A prides itself on creating compelling spaces – beautiful, healthy, and functional environments that enable and inspire people to live well. Our studio culture is based on collaboration, mutual respect, and a shared belief in the transformative influence that quality design can have on our lives. We particularly value the productive and engaging relationships that result from client and design team collaborations. NGP&A has been honored to work with a variety of exceptional clients, as well as with prominent architecture firms such as Frank Gehry Partners, Rem Koolhaas & OMA, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Johnson Fain Partners, Frederick Fisher and Partners, Steven Ehrlich Architects, among others. We have won numerous awards for our work and many of the firm’s projects have been featured in Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture, Garden Design, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Town&Country, Pacific Horticulture, and VERANDA, among others.