Jane Silverstein Ries

“ "The land is so valuable and needs so much study and understanding to keep it viable. I cant imagine anything that has to with the land that a landscape architect cant do. It has everything to do with the land.”

Jane Silverstein Ries was Colorado’s first official female landscape architect. After being denied acceptance to Harvard’s landscape architecture program, Ries joined the Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture to learn from professors who also taught in the Harvard program. In 1935 after working at a landscape architecture firm in Denver, Ries left to start her own company. Her earliest projects were private gardens, but as her reputation grew, she was hired to design landscapes at the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Art Museums. Through her firm, Ries was also a mentor to many female landscape architects who eventually went on to start their own companies.
DISCIPLINE Landscape Architecture