Site planning; garden history and the symbolic meanings of the garden as a metaphysical metaphor. The design of gardens as passive heating and cooling devices. The use of new methods and mediums to express the garden as an art form.
- Painting and Drawing, Art Students League, New York, NY, 1982
- MA Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1977
- BA Landscape Architecture, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1974
- Philosophy Statement
My primary goal as an educator is to help students develop their creativity. Creative thinking is the foundation for conscientious environmental design. My teaching philosophy is based on helping students engage their intuition,enrich their imagination, and enhance their perception of the environment.
I promote drawing as a critical tool for visual awareness. The integration of drawing in the design studio helps students develop their problem-solving abilities and discover the magic of design. I am passionate about opening new creative horizons for my students, through a process where the journey itself becomes the destination.
Professor Chip Sullivan is an artist and landscape architect who maintains a lifelong commitment to exploring the potential of the garden to create sustainable environments. Early in his career, Sullivan developed a series of experimental gardens that reinterpreted traditional garden forms, applying classical and historical design elements to contemporary landscapes.
Sullivan has devoted his career to promoting landscape architecture as an art form. His work, which illustrates the delicate balance between humans and nature, has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Italy. Sullivan’s site-specific environmental installations incorporate optical devices such as the Claude Mirror, Spectra Scope, and Camera Obscura to heighten the observer’s perception of the landscape.
Sullivan’s passion for landscape design and its representation evolved from his childhood love of model railroads, comics, and motion pictures. Sullivan was the exhibition designer for the ‘Golden Gate Express,’ a large, G-scale garden railway installed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. He created the initial railway master plan and supporting exhibits for this miniature world.
Sullivan is the author of Drawing the Landscape, a popular treatise on drawing and the creative process, now in its third edition. His beautifully illustrated book Garden and Climate is a detailed analysis of the history of energy conserving landscape design. It received a merit award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Daydreams of Frascati, a collaboration with poet Stephen Rodefer, has been reprinted in an anthology of Rodefer’s poems titled Call It Thought. Inspired by the graphic novel concept, Sullivan’s latest book Illustrated History of Landscape Design, co-authored with Elizabeth Boults, uses storyboards, visual narratives, and illustrative timelines to illuminate the history of landscape architecture. Since 2006, Sullivan has produced a series of comics for Landscape Architecture Magazine titled “Creative Learning.” The series focuses on the creative process and the history of landscape representation. The drawings were exhibited at Clemson University, a breakthrough show of landscape comics in the U.S.
In the spring of 2009, Sullivan was awarded a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, the renowned arts community in Peterborough, New Hampshire. In 2007, he was recognized for excellence in teaching from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. In 1999, Sullivan received a Rockefeller Foundation grant to the Bellagio Study Center in Lake Como, Italy, and a fellowship at the Ligurian Center for the Arts and Humanities in Bogliasco, Italy. He was the 1985 Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the American Academy in Rome. Sullivan was the subject of a documentary titled “The Professor” for a series of films on creativity by Emmy award-winning director Allan Holzman.
Sullivan received his BLA and MURP from the University of Florida. He also studied landscape painting and drawing at the Arts Students League in New York City.
To see examples of Sullivan's work, please visit his website.
- Courses Taught
- LD ARCH 103: Energy, Fantasy and Form
- LD ARCH 135: The Alchemy of Creativity
- ENV DES 11A: Introduction to Drawing
- LD ARCH 136: Advanced Delineation