Jane Silverstein Ries

Jane Silverstein Ries was Denver’s first female landscape architect and practiced for almost 60 years. A graduate of Lowthorpe School of Landscape Architecture for Women in Groton, Massachusetts (now a part of the Rhode Island School of Design), she created more than 1,500 landscapes in the Colorado region and specialized in city gardens, parks, hospitals, museums, churches, schools, city halls, and grand homes, including the Executive Residence of the Governor. She was chosen Woman of the Year in 1982 by the Colorado Garden and Home Show and was the first president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). In 1994 the Colorado Chapter of ASLA established the Jane Silverstein Ries Award to recognize those who demonstrate a pioneering sense of awareness and stewardship of land use values in the Rocky Mountain region.