New Works – Summer 2016

Bucksbaum Campus Phase 2 – In progress June, 2016
Aspen Music Festival and School, Castle Creek, Aspen

40BWORKS serves as the Landscape Architect for Phase 2 of the Bucksbaum Campus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, designed by Harry Teague, Architects. Phase 2 involved the construction of a composition of new buildings around the significant large ponds. The entire central area of the Campus is primarily a pedestrian environment.
IMG_9135 While the buildings are complete, planting on Campus is still in progress. Here, freshly-placed sod gleams.
IMG_9129 Ever-changing reflections in the ponds create another dimension of experience (during construction).
IMG_9149 Planting in Phase 1 is taking hold, restoring the wild natural feel of the riparian environment surrounding Castle Creek as it runs through Campus.
IMG_9125 It’s exciting to see wildflowers like this Firecracker Penstemon, and Rosy Paintbrush (not shown) blooming in the Campus specific wildflower mix, sown in Phase 1.

Pitkin County Library, Aspen – Opening Celebration, June 19

I worked on the Pitkin County Library Expansion project when I was at Design Workshop. I led a phase of planning approvals, landscape conceptual and schematic design and design development. The construction drawing and observation phase was completed by Design Workshop.
IMG_9009 It was a rewarding experience to attend the opening celebration and congratulate board members, library and county staff, and consultants. All worked with dedication to evolve the early vision into a constructed reality for the entire community and visitors.
IMG_9012 The library expansion opens on to a public plaza, merging indoor with outdoor space. In particular, the children’s room has a small sunken garden amphitheater for outdoor reading and activities.
IMG_9018 Patrons, board members and the community are excited to explore this new facility for the 22nd century!
IMG_9021 The roof reading garden features great views over the public plaza and towards the town and mountains.

About 40BWORKS – Landscape Architecture and Planning Services

40BWORKS is an earthwise art, design, landscape architecture and planning firm. The firm was started in 2014 by Suzanne Jackson who received her B.Arch. from the University of Cape Town and her MLA from Harvard University. Prior to starting 40BWORKS, Suzanne worked at Design Workshop, in Aspen, Colorado, for over 26 years. Suzanne served in an Associate position. She worked as a landscape architect and land planner with a diverse range of communities and landscapes in the Rocky Mountain Region. Her successful project outcomes result from listening to and engaging the clients and communities she works with, and also from the time she spends hiking and illustrating the natural environment. Each project outcome is specific to the needs of the project, people and environment involved. Suzanne’s experience encompasses landscape design for schools and institutions, residential garden design, conservation, transportation and recreation planning and design, and environmentally based tourism. Suzanne’s work has been recognized with ASLA awards and published in books and magazines.

As a project leader, Suzanne has experience in coordinating with multi-disciplinary groups on public and private projects. Her professional experience includes working with town and county regulations, environmental assessments, scenic quality analysis, public speaking, writing and document preparation. Suzanne’s practice includes facilitation and many of her projects are built on collaborative processes. She is well versed in aiding groups reach consensus on a vision for their future and resolving design and planning challenges. 40BWORKS is located in the Roaring Fork valley and volunteers in several capacities, including serving on Basalt’s Parks, Open Space and Trails Board.

Suzanne’s recent experience working as a Landscape Architect on the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska, provided opportunities to design recreational facilities in a temperate rainforest setting. She has gained valuable experience serving a federal agency, while working remotely as well as on-site. Suzanne produced facility site designs, master plans, interpretive exhibits, a trails manual and landscape construction documentation.

40BWORKS provides landscape architecture and planning services to public, private and non-profit clients. 40BWORKS utilizes a range of computer software for design and documentation and manages projects at all scales. Suzanne Jackson is personally involved in all aspects of the work and is the primary person working on the projects. The firm works collaboratively with a network of other consultants when the scale, technical or timeframe requirements of a project demand.

40BWORKS strives to work in an earthwise and sustainable manner, incorporating concepts of re-use, conserving resources, developing landscape responses harmonious with the natural environment and being thoughtful about interactions among people and nature.


Work Experience Summary
Owner, 40BWORKS, March 2014 to Present
Landscape Architect, Tongass National Forest, December 2014 to Present
Associate at Design Workshop, Aspen, Employed August 1987 to February 2014
Assistant Landscape Architect, U.S.F.S. Thorne Bay Ranger District, Alaska, 1986
Teaching Assistant for Professors Steinitz and Jacobs, Harvard University, 1986
Training Landscape Architect, OVP, Cape Town, South Africa, 1984-1985

Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professional Licensure/Affiliations
Registered Landscape Architect Colorado
American Institute of Certified Planners
American Society of Landscape Architects, Member
Construction Specification Institute Certification

Volunteer Board Positions
2011 to Present: Basalt Open Space and Trails (POST) Committee
2008 to 2011: Member Aspen Snowmass Nordic Council
2004-2008: Snowmass Capitol Caucus Board Member

Selected Awards and Honors
2014: CCASLA Merit Award: Bucksbaum Campus, Aspen Colorado
2009: CCASLA Merit Award: Coleman Residence, Aspen, Colorado
1997: Governor’s Smart Growth Award for I-25 Conservation Corridor Plan, Colorado
1991: ASLA Honor Award: Bow Canmore Corridor Visual Impact Assessment, Alberta, Canada
1987/88: Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, Harvard University

Selected Articles/Publications
2010: “The Secret Garden”, Mountain Homestyle, Summer issue
2009: “Creating a Habitat for Plants, Wildlife and You”, Organic Gardening, Feb/March Issue
2006: “Out the Door: Creating the Landscape of Home on a Narrow Aspen Lot”, My House in the Mountain States magazine, Jan/Feb issue
Appendix A: Visual Simulation Tools in “Tree Conservation Ordinances: Land Use Regulations Go Green.” Planning Advisory Service Report No. 446 with Christopher Duerkson, Chicago: APA, August 1993

Selected Presentations
“What’s Next for Landscape Architecture in Africa”: American Society of Landscape Architects National Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 2014.
“On the Road: Integrating Aesthetics and Landscape in Transportation Design ”: Western Planners Conference, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, 2014.
“South Africa, Land of Contrasts”: Pitkin County Library Travel Series, Aspen, Colorado, 2013.
“How to Engage Communities for Successful Project Outcomes”: International Federation of Landscape Architects Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.
“Landscape Architecture Rising in Africa”: American Society of Landscape Architects National Conference, San Diego, California, 2011.

Selected Project Experience
Bucksbaum Campus Phase 2 Landscape, Aspen, Colorado (in progress)
Northstar Residence Waterwise Landscape, Aspen, Colorado (in progress)
The Yellow House Landscape, Carbondale, Colorado
Basalt POST Master Plan and Arbaney Park Landscape Design (Volunteer Basis)
Belmonte Garden Enhancement, Basalt, Colorado
Our Town Basalt – Illustrative Visualizations
Graphic Design/Artwork for Alpine Animal Hospital, Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Selected Project Experience (on the Tongass National Forest, SE Alaska)
East Africa Trails Manual
Anan Wildlife Observatory Site Master Plan, Wrangell Ranger District, SE Alaska
Sawmill Creek Campground, Sitka Ranger District, SE Alaska
Prince of Wales Island Interpretive Signs, Thorne Bay Ranger District, SE Alaska

Selected Project Experience (while at Design Workshop)
Aspen City Water Site Master Plan: Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Nordic Trails Master Plan: Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Meadow Campus Master Plan and Landscape Architecture, Aspen, Colorado
Bow Canmore Corridor Visual Impact Assessment: Alberta, Canada
Bucksbaum Campus Master Plan and Landscape Architecture, Aspen Music Festival & School and Aspen Country Day School: Aspen, Colorado
Coleman Residence: Aspen, Colorado
Colorado Department of Transportation Landscape, Aesthetics and Environment Manual: CDOT, Denver, Colorado
EagleVail Community Enhancement Project: Eagle County, Colorado
Glenwood Springs Trails, Signage and Wayfinding: Glenwood Springs, Colorado
I-25 Conservation Corridor: Douglas County, Colorado
Marolt Affordable Housing, Aspen, Colorado
North Star Nature Preserve Resource Management Plan: Pitkin County, Colorado
RFTA Transit Oriented Development Study: Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado
Pitkin County Library Master Plan and Landscape Architecture: Aspen, Colorado
Shadow Mountain Residence, Aspen, Colorado.
The Preserve at Northstar Master Plan and Landscape Architecture: Aspen, Colorado
Town of Gypsum Signage and Wayfinding: Gypsum, Colorado
Watson Divide Conservation-Development Master Plan: Pitkin County, Colorado

Interests and Activities
Hiking, backpacking, bicycling, x-country skiing and touring, yoga, sketching, pastels, photography, writing, website, overseas travel, volunteer trail work.

Aspen Music Festival and School – Landscape Architecture and Planning

Today was the Aspen Music Festival and School’s official opening celebration for the Lower School Building on the Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum Campus located off Castle Creek Road in Aspen. I served as the landscape architect and site planner for the project when I worked at Design Workshop. After almost 10 years of visioning, designing, obtaining approvals and preparing construction documentation, the first phase of the campus was built in 2013. The new buildings, circulation and plantings have transformed the campus and have already been recognized with awards, but more importantly, the new campus has instilled a sense of pride in occupants and visitors to the campus, and created wonderful spaces for music-making.

These are a few summer landscape images that I captured today.

Details of dryland grasses and riparian wildflowers

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Views of Practice Rooms and of Lower School area from roof garden(above)
Architect Harry Teague in front of the Lower School building that he designed(below)