The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum today announced Michael Ezban as the 2014 Maeder-York Family Fellow in Landscape Studies for his proposal “Landscapes of Aquaculture.” Ezban will be in residence at the Museum for three months from June to August 2014, with a monthly stipend and an apartment/studio space in the Renzo Piano-designed new wing of the Gardner Museum. Ezban will be welcomed to the Museum on the evening of June 12, 2014, in Conversation with Charles Waldheim .
“We are thrilled that Michael Ezban will join us in June,” said Charles Waldheim, Ruettgers Consulting Curator of Landscape at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “ ‘Landscapes of Aquaculture’ will attempt to develop a theoretical and historical framework for the fish farm as a landscape typology, engaging artists, historians, designers, theorists, and the general public in a dialogue on aesthetic perceptions of agricultural space, productive urban landscapes, waste management strategies, and ecological infrastructure.”
Ezban is a landscape designer, registered architect, and educator. His writing and design work explores cultures of waste -- economies and ecologies entangled with waste landscapes. He holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received the 2013 Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship. He also holds a Masters Degree in Architecture with distinction from the University of Michigan. Ezban is a principal at VanderGoot Ezban Studio, a research and design practice based in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he teaches architecture at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.
“The support and resources that the Maeder-York Family Fellowship offers will be invaluable as I explore histories and futures of aquaculture landscapes in Boston,” Ezban said. “I am honored to have been selected as the 2014 Fellow, and I am looking forward to productive summer months at the museum.”
The Maeder-York Family Fellowship in Landscape Studies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was created in 2012 to recognize emerging design talent across disciplines dealing with landscape and support experimentation, research, and achievement in design through landscape. In addition, with each selection the committee aims to identify work embodying landscape as a medium of design for the public realm and grow disciplinary and professional capacity within landscape architecture.
Applications were received from around the world and were reviewed by a fellowship jury led by Charles Waldheim including:
Alan Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anita Berrizbeitia, Harvard University
Julia Czerniak, Syracuse University
Teresa Galí Izard, University of Virginia
Richard Weller, University of Pennsylvania
The jury met to interview five finalists in early February. In addition to Mr. Ezban, Fionn Byrne of Toronto, Canada has been recognized as the first runner up for the Fellowship.