Landscape Development Supervisor
Bahai World Centre - Mount Carmel Terraces
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B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1995
Area of emphasis: Horticulture
Mace Rosen's career as a Landscape Designer reached a literal peak as the Sacred Terraces on Mount Carmel were inaugurated in Haifa, Israel, on May 22. Rosen was invited in 1997 to supervise the landscaping team for the $250 million project, which had already been under construction for six years.
Designed as 9 concentric circles, the 18 terraces house fountains, statuary and exquisite formal gardens. Surrounding the Shrine of the Bab, they are etched into the mountainside, reaching a height of 225 metres. "Horticulturally," said Rosen, "the Projects are exciting since they blend not only plants from nearly every continent but also blend formal and natural garden styles, extreme water conservation practices, etc. all on an extremely steep, kilometer long mountainside."
Although Rosen acknowledges that the Baha'is standard of professionalism made for a very intense work schedule, he feels honored to have been involved in a project of such global significance. "To be a part of something this magnificent is truly awe-inspiring," he said. "The spirituality shared here goes beyond religion, beyond race, beyond time. In such a place, the realization of global unity and peace is not hard to envision."
While majoring in Landscape Horticulture at Ohio State, Rosen worked from 1991-1992 as a Foreman for Ameriflora '92. Responsible for organizing massive plantings with hundreds of volunteers, he cites his experience with Ameriflora '92 for helping him to face a project of this magnitude with some sense of direction.