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Climbing for a Purpose

One step. Two steps. Breathe. My lungs are on fire. Legs please don’t give out. I have a whole hour of climbing this building still. These were just some of the thoughts running through my head as I raced up to the top of the Met building in downtown Saint Louis. It was the 9th… Continue reading.

Lunch with the Future

  “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt   It’s one of my favorite events of the year: my annual lunch with the interns. This year they are Aoran, Hannah, Sarah, Jing, Amy, Peter, Nick, Blake, Marniece, and Casey. PGAV’s interns are very special to me. Perhaps… Continue reading.

PSA – What is Landscape Architecture?

  [Taps microphone] Check. Check.   I’d like to give a little PSA about Landscape Architecture. What is Landscape Architecture? Most people I encounter either have no idea or automatically connect it to your every day landscaper. The most common comments I get are, (1) “You should come do my house;” and, (2) “You must… Continue reading.

Finding Creative Inspiration from Musical Theatre and Family Tradition

  In 1971, my grandfather and grandmother, Cyril and Roberta Porthouse, initiated a challenge grant with Gerald and Victoria Read for a small outdoor theatre on the grounds of Blossom Music Center outside Kent, Ohio. The theatre would come to be known as the Porthouse Theatre. My grandfather, a fairly stoic gentleman and all engineer,… Continue reading.

Destination Designers Consider: Is HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Really the Future?

  “The newcomers are just looking for the same thing we are; a place to be free, to stake out our dreams, a place with unlimited possibilities.” Dolores, played by Evan Rachel Wood, reflects in HBO’s hit first season of “Westworld” what the park’s guests seek; and coincidentally, what many of today’s theme park guests… Continue reading.

PGAV Principal Appointed to Sam Fox School National Council

  We are thrilled and honored to announce that PGAV Destinations’ Principal and Chair, Mike Konzen, has been appointed to Washington University’s Sam Fox School National Council! Invited by John Weil, Chair of the Council, and Carmon Colangelo, Ralph J. Nagel Dean of the Sam Fox School, Mr. Konzen will be joining a cadre of… Continue reading.