National 9/11 Memorial water feature designer to speak at CSU

Dan Euser
Dan Euser

Few design projects involve more sensitivity and emotion than the National September 11 Memorial in New York City.

And even fewer people will get the opportunity to hear about the project from one of the designers of the memorial’s iconic water features. The one-acre voids, cut 30 feet into the site, are lined with the waterfalls designed by landscape architect Dan Euser.

On Nov. 19, Euser will speak to students, faculty and staff from across CSU as well as members of the community as part of the “Fall into Landscape Architecture” lecture series. The fall lecture series is an opportunity for members of CSU and the community to learn from successful landscape architects about how the profession is contributing to significant projects throughout the world. Euser played an integral role in creating the mechanics of the memorial’s water features making the water flow efficiently.

Specializing in water features

Euser, a landscape architect who opened Dan Euser Water Architecture Inc. in 1997, focuses solely on the design of water features and their mechanical and electrical systems. Euser has served as the water feature consultant for numerous award-winning landscape architecture projects, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the National 9/11 Memorial at the former World Trade Center site in New York.

Lecture on creativity and landscape illustration

The series also includes a lecture on Nov. 20 led by Chip Sullivan, an artist, landscape architect and professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning at the University of California Berkeley. Sullivan specializes in site planning, garden history, design and drawing and has authored several books, including Drawing the Landscape, a popular landscape architecture textbook. The lecture will feature topics on landscape illustration, creativity, and interaction within the landscape. Following the lecture, Sullivan will lead a hand sketching workshop.

Both the lectures and workshop are being hosted by CSU’s Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

“We are very fortunate to have both Dan and Chip attend our fall lecture series this year,” said Rita Manna, current CSU SCASLA President. “It is so helpful to us as students to meet and learn from these proven professionals who do such great work.

“These lectures also allow local alumni, members of the community and the families of our students the chance to see the depth and breadth of what landscape architects can do!”

Euser’s lecture will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Pathology 101, and Sullivan’s talk begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Pathology 101.