Gavin Duke, principal partner of PAGE│DUKE Landscape Architects, inspired and entertained two dozen attendees at PAGE│DUKE’s offices on Tuesday, June 21st. Duke’s lecture, entitled Classical Nature, highlighted gardens with classical elements past and present.
He carried the audience back through his history with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, dating back to the mid-1990s, when he first visited Rome on an Institute excursion. From this visit, and from later visits to Italy, France and England, Duke developed a mental catalog of gardens, vignettes, materials, and patterns from the past four hundred years of Classical, French, and English gardens. These experiences provided inspiration for his designs for gardens and estates throughout the U.S.
Following the historic overview, Duke, in his understated style, wowed the group with images of breathtaking PAGE│DUKE gardens, verandas, and folly architecture from the past two decades. His intimate knowledge of the way humans interact with nature was obvious as he related stories of outdoor spaces transformed into living architecture. He generously attributed credit to the talented craftsmen, architects, and enthusiastic clients who have accompanied him along the way.
Gavin Duke is a founding board member of the Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The ICAA, an organization headquartered in New York City with 14 chapters nationwide, is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so though education, publication, and advocacy. Find out more about the Tennessee Chapter at www.tnclassicist.org or visit the national website at www.classicist.org.
Studies in Italy by Gavin Duke, 2000.