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 was honored as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2019, which is the AIA’s highest membership honor. AIA Fellowship is bestowed upon those members who exemplify architectural excellence, and who have made significant contributions to the profession and society.
Ms. Rusz is a Registered Architect and Urban Designer working in New York City: she received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Architecture [including Study Abroad at 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.
Since 1988, her post-graduate work in New York City has included posts in both the public and private sectors, with Urban Regeneration as a career focus: always striving to balance positive changes in cities with preservation of the special nature of the place.
Ms. Rusz is a Member of the Forum for Urban Design, an organization which focuses on the design and preservation of public space in NYC. This, along with her ongoing volunteer activities, including as a long-standing Member of the AIA NY Chapter [2004 – present] and its Housing Committee and Urban Design Committee, and her founding of TORONTO – NEW YORK, a platform for exchanges in urban design practices, have provided venues beyond the work place for her promoting design excellence.
Ms. Rusz has also 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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