Join speakers Diane Jones Allen and Austin Allen as they discuss their years of professional and academic practice. They will share their experiences pursuing environmental justice projects, ground up approaches to planning and design, intricately linking Research and practice on all projects regardless of scale, and unique approaches to community outreach regarding critical social and infrastructure urbanism problems.
Explore innovative methods for melding comprehensive studio and independent research with strategies to produce effective design processes driven by creativity and sustainability.
Examine the African-American urban experience related to planning and design, and its impact upon landscape architecture and green infrastructure design decisions.
Learn new collaborative approaches to community outreach in contested urban spaces.
Discuss how landscape architects can shape and integrate environmental justice issues and projects into practice.
Rana Creek is a renowned ecological design firm specializing in landscape architecture, environmental planning, native plant propagation, landscape construction, and habitat restoration. This diverse team believes passionately in the mission to design and build landscapes that connect people, places, culture, and ecology.
Learn about the history and evolution of Rana Creek as a longstanding pioneer in ecological design.
Study how the structure of a firm can enable its design ethic.
Glean knowledge from both successes and failures in living systems integration.
Understand the pros and cons of working as a small yet diverse firm.
The leaders at MVVA see new projects as more than just business. Each design is an opportunity to challenge our assumptions, learn through experimentation, and grow both individually and collectively. In this session we will use case studies to explore the value of teaching and learning through practice as means to achieve design excellence.
Learn how MVVA’s work grows out of experimentation and a methodology that draws a correlation between material boundaries and innovation.
Understand the power of small projects as research and the importance of allowing junior staff to hone their ideas through experimentation.
Explore methods for integrating learning, teaching, and experimentation as workplace best practices.
Describe how iteration and conversation drive the creative process.
An award-winning practice, OvS has garnered international recognition for pioneering a systemic approach to sustainable design. The firm’s body of work illustrates what is possible when art, science, and environmental sensitivity equally drive the design process. Now, under its second generation of leadership, the partners will discuss the firm’s continued innovation.
Learn the firm’s history and how the current generation of leadership honors its legacy while continuing to evolve.
Understand how to create landscapes that are environmentally healthy, culturally sensitive, and economically viable.3
Consider how to integrate design and ecology to achieve alluring and resilient gardens on sites varying in scale and character.
Gain insight into the opportunities and challenges of working in high-profile, high-expectation settings.
Landscape architects serving in the federal government possess a range of unique professional opportunities, from designing sites for government buildings, national parks and forests, to collaborating with interdisciplinary teams and shaping national policy. Come learn more about the benefits of working in the federal government from representatives of two major federal agencies: U.S. Forest Service, U.S. General Service Administration, and the Smithsonian Institution. A segment of the presentation will be dedicated to the various pathways to entering federal service.
Understand how landscape architects make a difference in protecting, preserving, and enhancing public lands.
Gain familiarity with the range of project types, national policies, and initiatives undertaken by federal agency landscape architects.
Explore the variety of leadership roles within landscape architecture across federal agencies.
Identify pathways to a career as a landscape architect in the federal government.
Since its inception in 1997, Floor Associates’ work has sought to integrate a contemporary design approach with the timeless beauty and ecology of the desert Southwest. Through case study examples of their work, this wife and husband team will discuss the firm’s highly collaborative, interdisciplinary design approach to urban, healing, learning and playing environments and how they continue to refine their new, yet authentic, “Desert School” design vernacular.
Understand how landscape architects play a strong role in positioning a project within the community creating the ‘third place”
Examine how landscapes can inform and transform visitor perspectives through demonstration and interpretation
Understand how collaboration within an interdisciplinary team that combined with community input leads to projects that exceed social and economic goals.
Understand key design strategies for successful design within an arid environment
By reaching beyond site constraints landscape architects create works that are striking and memorable in both concept and realization. This session explores ways in which an active imagination and a creative spirit fuel the design process in the work of three landscape architects known for inspired designs.
Discover the role of creative imagination in the design process of three outstanding landscape architects working today.
Learn how an unorthodox line of thought, or an unexpected inspiration, can lead to unusual – perhaps magical – design solutions that meet all the criteria of professional work today.
Understand the ways in which landscape architects find paths to problem solving and design expression by drawing on their personal histories and diverse interests.
Be inspired to explore and expand your own sources of inspiration.
SPLA combines deep understanding of southern California regional ecologies—urban, natural, and political-- with deep analysis, research, and design rigor. Over three decades they’ve created transformative, restorative landscapes that embrace the paradoxes of the contemporary west and connect people, communities, and environments. Principals will discuss the firm’s influences, evolution and design approach, including the practice of taking the long view.
Hear how the dynamics of working on a wide variety of public realm project types and scales has shaped the firm’s practice.
Understand the rewards and challenges of a resource-based approach to design including large scale and/or long term design frameworks.
Explore a cross-section of urban infill projects within the context of the suburban southwest.
Learn about embracing the constraints of the coastal desert environment.
Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects has been involved with environmental planning and design projects covering a wide range of scales for 20 years. Each project focuses attention on detailed design and environmental appropriateness encompassing, wherever possible, elements of the native or vernacular landscape. Hollander Design utilizes a combination of landscape architectural, horticultural, and ecological talents to develop creative solutions to design problems.
Explore the ways in which Hollander Design harbors a successful collaborative design process by working effectively with allied design professionals.
Learn about the diversity of single-family residential landscapes and gain insight into the various design opportunities available in single-family, private residential landscapes.
Understand how Holladner Design integrates sustainable practices within traditional landscape typologies, and identify ways which sustainable practices have been integrated successfully into traditional style landscapes.
Learn about the impact of climate change on the classification of native species, evaluating how climate change has impacted the success of plant species which have generally been considered native in various regions, and looking ahead in planting design on how to create ecologically responsible landscape with non-native species.
Meet this one-of-a-kind international planning and design firm that practices it’s very own quadruple bottom line philosophy – one that balances economic, environmental, social and spiritual aspects for every project. HM Design is a multi-disciplinary modern-renaissance practice that respects animals, native plants, local people and the spirit of the place.
Appreciate how development in this global age of heightened cultural and environmental sensitivity needs to be holistic in nature and sustainable in all aspects of the planning and design process.
Learn the techniques that integrate Physical and Metaphysical Analysis/Planning.
Understand the importance of cultural immersion and participation in planning methodologies and processes.
Explore out-of-studio techniques on how landscapes can be seamlessly merged with exterior and interior architecture to create all-encompassing experiences.
Working closely with residential clients and contractors comes with both great challenges and great joys. Four designers from distinct regions engage in lively storytelling of their own experiences, from educating clients on landscape architecture design to the many eccentric relationships one forms throughout the life of a project and beyond.
Learn how to quickly evaluate a prospective client and decide whether to propose on the project…or not
Understand the challenges of working with homeowners often unversed in design and ecology
Demonstrate benefits of close contractor relationships that often carry through from project to project
Understand the correlation between maintaining long term client relationships and enduring landscapes and how this often leads to future work, lessening the need for marking and advertising
Landscape architects hold more power than ever-to foster biodiversity and resilience and tell a compelling story of the landscape and our place in it. By embracing scientific principles and allowing them to inform our work, Biohabitats aims to create robust, dynamic landscapes that go beyond improving quality of life.
Learn how to effect positive environmental change while creating inviting and functional spaces.
Embrace ecological whole-systems thinking and how it informs design projects by opening up a host of opportunities for innovation and inspiration.
Explore how the practice of landscape architecture redefines connections and connectivity from the inside out.
Discover the unique opportunity that science-based design provides for deeper exploration of landscape resilience in the face of climate change, geopolitical unrest, disaster recovery, and planning for sustainability.
Since their founding in 1998, Confluence has become one of the largest landscape architecture and planning firms in the Midwest. Principals will give an overview of the firm, its leadership approach, and their strategies behind design-service delivery and client-type diversification. They will also discuss "Midwest Nice" and the associated challenges.
Learn how the firm started, is organized, and created a culture of strategic growth throughout the Midwest.
Appreciate how firm rebranding efforts affect internal and external growth as well as create a framework for expansion.
Understand how and why Confluence takes the leadership role on projects and establishes collaborative relationships with its multi-disciplinary partners.
Know how the firm attacks projects with challenging budgets or mindsets, and still delivers award-winning design projects.
Landscape architects are often responsible for the design of stormwater systems that promote specific levels of performance. This session will describe current initiatives to document performance, protocols for measuring performance, ways to design more effective systems, and the challenges the profession could face when levels of performance aren't realized.
Be familiar with current research and monitoring of best management practices (BMP) performance sponsored by the EPA.
Develop an understanding of protocols to effectively measure BMP performance.
Learn about key measures to more accurately align theoretical and actual performance
Learn about evolving federal regulations regarding design and performance, and potential liabilities and pitfalls for projects that fail to perform as designed.
The New York based practice is recognized internationally for designing sustainable master plans, waterfront parks, public spaces, and gardens. The Firm's approach is rooted in the exploration of the boundaries between nature and structure through landscape. BAL / LAB, the incubator office, focuses on green roofs, floating islands, temporary landscapes, forms of representation, and zero waste city.
Gain insight into how landscape architecture is reinventing itself.
Understand what it means to put the city in nature (rather than putting nature in the city) – how do you put a city in nature?
Explore the importance and challenges of the representation of landscape.
Appreciate that landscape is always changing and how this lack of fixity is landscape's asset.
!melk is a dynamic, internationally recognized landscape architecture and urban design firm specializing in the creation of highly experiential public spaces as well as large-scale urban interventions. Founder Jerry van Eyck will address his firm's growing reputation for a refined focus on context, identity, strong narrative, pragmatism, and detail.
Re-evaluate landscape architects as orchestrators of economic development and arbiters of change, and thereby address the strengths or weaknesses of our own design approach.
Appreciate a poetic narrative-based design methodology that produces engineered solutions rooted in the context of the site: history, geology, culture, and economics.
Draw inspiration from an interdisciplinary design team, which, by blending skills and attitudes, generates fresh perspectives to reveal hidden opportunities and produce truly unique designs.
Learn how a project's resilience is measured by economic, social, and programmatic sustainability.