The Cultural Landscape Foundation
November 6, 2009: The Hunter and the Philosopher: John O. Simonds 
Pioneer Landscape Architect


Bob Vukich, ASLA

Mr. Vukich’s 40 year career includes all aspects of design, preparation of construction drawings and specifications, cost estimating, client coordination, and construction administration. He has directed a wide range of projects including public schools, university campuses, hospitals, botanic gardens, arboreta, streetscapes, parks and recreation facilities, transit systems and highways.  Recently he has served as project director for H.O. Smith Botanic Garden at Penn State; Ridgway Center Renovation plus the Ottoman Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis; the Phipps Conservatory Expansion in Pittsburgh, PA; and the new entrance landscape at Fallingwater in Mill Run, PA.  Other projects include campus Master Plan Design and Phase One construction at Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA and the design for the 1.25 mile Boulevard Streetscape in Oakmont, PA.  He has designed twenty Flower Shows and the original five Garden Railroad installations at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Vukich is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. 


John Simonds in his office, ca. 1965


John Simonds