Exploring the relationship between nature and the built environment
Watercolor has been a favorite and traditional medium of Architects, especially prior to the advent of photography, as a quick means of recording the topology of places [i.e., the topographic study of a given place, especially the history of a region as indicated by its topography], as well as special prospects or urban vistas.
As an Architect and Urban Designer, continuing in this tradition, "Watercolor Works" explore the relationship between nature and the built environment, to convey an impression of the “genius loci” – the essential quality or special nature of each selected place.
Mary Elizabeth Rusz, FAIA
Mary Elizabeth Rusz is an Architect and Urban Designer working in New York City since 1989; her post-graduate career work has focused on urban regeneration projects, primarily with the NYC Housing Authority.
She serves with various professional groups that promote design excellence, including: the Housing Committee and Urban Design Committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) NY Chapter; and the Urban Design Forum, of which she is a Fellow.
Her other activities include: TORONTO – NEW YORK, a platform for exchanges in urban design practices, founded in 2016; and “Watercolor Works,” her artworks website, founded in 2015.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design [including Study Abroad at the Unité Pédagogique No. 6 (UP6), Paris, France], and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
In 2019, Mary was elevated to become a Fellow of the AIA, the organization’s highest membership honor.
Ms. Rusz has been an avid Watercolor Artist since c. 2005, and is a member of both The Salmagundi Club of New York, and The National Association of Women Artists. Her paintings / photographs have been shown at both clubs, as well as The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, Canada.
Ms. Rusz' Artworks capture the essential “nature of the place”, of key historic or significant works of Architecture / Urban Design. These explorations have then, in turn, helped inform and inspire her professional design work.
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