Floura Teeter was the lead landscape architect for Frederick Douglass Square at the University of Maryland which was honored with a Merit Award from the Maryland Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects (MDASLA). The award was announced at the MDASLA Awards Gala held Wednesday, April 19 at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Maryland.
Floura Teeter worked with lead engineer Wallace Montgomery & Associates, the North Star Group, a non-profit consisting of professors and donors, and the University of Maryland Department of Facilities Planning on the creation of a plaza to commemorate Maryland-native, Frederick Douglass. The plaza is immediately adjacent to the Hornbake Library on the University Maryland, College Park campus which houses first editions of all three Douglass autobiographies as well as historic collections of his life and writings.
A pattern of circular forms was developed for the plaza which creates a welcoming, embracing, and dynamic space. The low profile of the plaza invites discovery and individual exploration with a form language that respects the larger Hornbake Plaza. As a powerful orator, Douglass’ words were his legacy. The design allows his words to be experienced in different ways – on the corten wall and on the ground.
A jury member from the Pennsylvania-Delaware ASLA chapter commented the “design invigorates the space with curvilinear and asymmetrical patterns.”
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