Distinctive Design, Fabrication & Restoration for Interiors, Garden & Landscape
When he isn't paddling a canoe, mountain climbing, riding his Triumph, planting trees or splitting firewood, he can be found in Studio, covered in sawdust and steel shards.... honing an edge.
Roger frequently consults and collaborates with colleagues in multiple design fields, and has taught workshops at the Horticultural Society of New York, the Staten Island Botanical Garden and the Sailors Snug Harbor Cultural Center, as well as collaborating on reviews and studios at the UVA School of Architecture.
He is currently involved in ongoing restorations of the historical Robbins Reef Lighthouse situated in New York Harbor, and in a recent commission for First Lady Michelle Obama, has completed the design engineering, fabrication and installation of tables, benches, and an entry arbor for her White House Legacy Kitchen Garden.
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Roger Charles Sherry, founding principal of Plank Road Studios, is a licensed Landscape Architect
and master craftsman with over four decades of designing and fabricating with stone, steel and wood. He has collaborated and trained with furniture designers, art conservators, landscape architects and master woodworkers - including Tage Frid of Denmark and Toshio Odate of Japan - developing a holistic approach to design, detail and technique.
Roger owned and operated a fine furniture + design studio in New York City where commissions included furnishings for residential interiors, gardens and penthouse terraces; exhibition displays for museums; and merchandising fixtures and amenities for retail stores and restaurants. Intrigued by the design of built forms and their interaction with the natural environment, Roger earned a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia. Following a faculty research appointment at UVA School of Architecture as a Cultural Landscape Architect, and several positions in Landscape Design firms, he established a design+build studio in the foothills of the Blue Ridge near Charlottesville, VA, where he focuses on the intersection of built form and landscape.
His work has been featured in numerous publications including: Fine Woodworking's Design Books Five and Six, The Classist, Institute for Classical Architecture, Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation Work of the Garden Club of Virginia, Fine Homebuilding Magazine, INFORM Magazine, UVA Magazine, and Gardens in the City: New York in Bloom. Roger drew the conceptual design for the James Madison National Landmark Trail at Montpelier, VA and was a principal of the winning design team for the African American Burial Ground Memorial at Monticello, VA. His historical restorations at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NYC were funded by a Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, and he was a recipient of a Virginia ALSA Honor Award for his publication on historical narratives and landscape prescriptions for the Petersburg National Battlefield.