Brzuszek, Robert F.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Landscape Architecture
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Landscape Architecture
This thesis is a study of oral histories and literary records covering the professional development and works of Edward Blake Jr., ASLA, (1947-2010). The study considers Blake’s design principles via newly collected oral histories and a review of his literary record within the continuum of landscape architecture history from 1970 to 2010. Additionally, the study explores Blake’s position within the ecological design community to establish his status as a possible founding voice of ecologically focused landscape architecture practice in the Coastal Plains Region of the southeastern United States. The primary sources include a newly developed oral history collection with questionnaire-based interviews of Blake’s eight colleagues, professional mentors, and collaborators, along with various forms of project and process documentation generated by Edward Blake Jr. and his practice, known as The Landscape Studio. The study concludes with a distillation of Blake’s design principles, lexicon, and contribution to the field of landscape architecture.
Herrmann, Hans Curtis, "An Oral History & Literary Review of Edward Blake Jr.: Exploring the Evidence of a Principled Practice" (2017). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 618.