Landscape Architecture

Posted January 27, 2017
  • Enhanced Fountain Display at the Main Fountain Garden, Longwood Gardens

  • Lower Canal Construction of the Main Fountain Garden, Longwood Gardens

Talking Design with Karen Adhikari (MLA'90)

Karen Adhikari was working in Bhutan as an architect on restoration projects before coming to PennDesign. She now works as a Principal and Studio Director at Fluidity Design Consultants, a Los Angeles-based firm.

What do you miss most about your time at PennDesign?

An academic environment offering access to world-class minds.

What was your longest day on campus?

There were multiple all-nighters, some contiguous ones!

What’s been your favorite professional project so far?

Longwood Gardens, which is close to completing the renovation of its Main Fountain Garden, and where, coincidentally, I happened to spend my first Christmas in the United States.

If you could go backward or forward in time, what era would you choose and why?

Not too far back — the 1990’s, for that era's breakthroughs in design-thinking, in technology and innovation, and in next-generation invention. 

What’s your favorite place in Philly?

Rittenhouse Square

Favorite book or movie about art/design?

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Design hero, living or dead?

Enric Miralles 

Pretzel or cheesesteak?

Neither unfortunately, but I do, and always will, love all things Philly!