About the Exhibit:
DATES: Jan 19, 2017 through Feb 3, 2017
LOCATION: Wurster Hall Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION & LECTURE Jan 19, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Tito Patri (FASLA Emeritus, A.S. '55) has been freehand sketching since he was a teenager. This interest became an essential skill in his years as an active design and planning professional. Prior to the CAD era, perspective sketches and plan graphics drawn by hand were an essential means for visualizing projects and more importantly a projection of the designer’s tastes and personality - the latter often serving as an important quality in the client’s selection of a designer.
The sketches on display in this exhibt reflect the Mr. Patri's sketching skill freed of project goals, budgets, and client constraints serving instead to interpret human intervention in the landscape. Many of the drawings were made during travels in Europe. They represent human made structures and imposed systems (such as agriculture) and their relationship to the surrounding context, be it open landscape or urban. Many of the drawings are of simpler interventions from earlier times which fit more comfortably in the landscape than modern intrusions. Some sketches done in the California Sierras simply attempt to capture the beauty of a particular setting interpreting the elements such as mountain wearing that are part of natural processes. To the eyes of this romantic sketcher, all hold a story and hopefully an invitation for the viewer to explore.
About Tito Patri
Tito Patri has directed numerous environmental planning studies and master plans including: regional and local land use impacts assessment; site development based on natural and visual resource protection as well as environmental management guidelines. His projects include community and regional parks, and master plans for two major botanic gardens (Guadalupe Gardens for the City of San Jose and the Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in San Franciscoʼs Golden Gate Park). His international interests led him to design a large community garden in St. Petersburg, Russia, to study culturally and ecologically responsive tourism potentials in the Republic of Slovakia, and participation on a master planning team for the reconstruction of two villages on the Island of Guam. He served on the Committee on Research for the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) from 1978 to 1980.