Sound and Scent in the Garden

May 9-10, 2014      8:45 am to 5:45 pm

The 2014 Dumbarton Oaks symposium in Garden and Landscape Studies (May 9-10, 2014) is on the theme of sensory perception. While we often approach gardens as things to be seen—thus engaging the rational, intellectual part of the human brain—Sound and Scent in the Garden explores the more elusive experiences of sound and smell. Important dimensions of garden design and performance, and often having a powerful effect on the human body, these senses are ephemeral and can be difficult to study. The papers in the symposium explore the ways that the historical experience of sound and scent can be recuperated, and explain the meaning of those senses for landscape design, past and present.   Organized by Dumbarton Oaks senior fellow and professor of landscape architecture at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, D. Fairchild Ruggles.

Speakers: Elizabeth Fowler, University of Virginia; Mohammad, Gharipour, Morgan State University; Deborah Green, University of Oregon; John Dixon Hunt, University of Pennsylvania; Ali Akbar Husain, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Pakistan; Elizabeth Hyde, Kean University; Rachel Koroloff, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign/ Dumbarton Oaks; Mark Laird, Harvard University; Barbara Burlison Mooney, University of Iowa; Priyaleen Singh, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; Manu P. Sobti, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Anatole Tchikine, Dumbarton Oaks; Alain Touwaide, Smithsonian Institution; Yu Zhang, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

To register, complete the attached registration form and mail it with a check for $65 ($40 for students) to the address below. Registration includes lunch both days, coffees and two receptions. Registration is first-come, first served and will close on May 2. For more information, visit

GLS 2014 Symposium Registration form
Sound and Scent flier

This event has been approved for 12 LA CES (continuing education credits with the American Society of Landscape Architects.)