Elisabeth C. Miller Memorial Lecture

Elisabeth Miller was dedicated to the education of gardeners and relished the opportunity to share her insights with others and to bring knowledgeable horticulturalists to the Pacific Northwest to share their experiences. As a lasting gift to the horticultural community, the Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation, the Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden, the Northwest Horticultural Society and the Elisabeth C. Miller Library sponsor a free annual memorial lecture to remember the legacy of Betty Miller.

2023 Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial Webinar Lecture

Featuring Sara Zewde, Founding Principal of Studio Zewde speaking on the Ecologies of Memory

In the context of a changing climate, rapid urban development, and clarified social and political tensions, ecologies of memory offer important intellectual frameworks and creative departures for landscape design today. Sara Zewde will discuss recent research and design work with Studio Zewde in this context.

Webinar: A recording of the Miller Lecture will be sent to the mailing lists of the Miller Garden, Northwest Horticultural Society, and Elisabeth C. Miller Library in September 2023.

Studio Zewde is led by Founding Principal, Sara Zewde. She brings years of experience leading complex design processes across the Americas, with a design approach that works explicitly to illuminate the distinct cultural and ecological qualities of a place.

Sara is Assistant Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Hebbert Award for Contribution to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and the Silberburg Memorial Award for Urban Design. 

Sara was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and in 2018, was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list. Most recently, she was named a 2020 United States Artists Fellow.

Sara is a registered landscape architect and holds a master’s of landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a master’s of city planning from MIT, and a BA in sociology and statistics from Boston University. 

Studio Zewde was named to the Architectural Digest AD100 and a 2021 Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York, the studio’s work is lauded for its design methodology that syncs site interpretation and narrative with a dedication to the craft of construction. The firm’s employees have multi-disciplinary backgrounds in landscape architecture, architecture, city planning, urban design, sociology, statistics, community organizing, and public art. Studio Zewde is devoted to creating enduring places where people belong.