Bard Faculty

Margie Ruddick

Visiting Designer in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Environmental and Urban Studies


BA, Bowdoin College; MLA, Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Margie Ruddick, principal of Margie Ruddick Landscape, is an award-winning designer whose projects range from New York’s Queens Plaza to the Living Water Park in Chengdu, China’s first ecological park. She is the recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt 2013 National Design Award for her career achievements and for her innovative work in blending ecology with city planning. Recent projects also include designs for the Stapleton waterfront in Staten Island and Trenton Capital Park, which restores the connection between the city center and the Delaware River; and the Shillim Institute and Retreat in the Western Ghats mountain range of India. Ruddick, the author of Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes, previously taught at Princeton, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, and Schumacher College in England. Other honors include the Rachel Carson Women in Conservation Award from the National Audubon Society; Lewis Mumford Award from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility; and awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects. At Bard: Spring 2018.