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.
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.
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.
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.
David Hocker ventured into business in late 2004 with a clear vision - beautiful articulation of the “spaces between” that exude meaningful connection to region and place for the people who inhabit them. In 13 short years Hocker Design Group (HDG) has grown into a focused design firm with a succinct point of view that responds to architecture, site ecology, and geographic features with appropriately scaled designs of exhibited restraint. A commitment to provide responsible and innovative solutions has earned the small firm 30-plus design awards and accolades in national and international publications.
Explore how a firm started with a single project, keyed into important relationships, and grew through a strong reputation of collaboration and built work.
Learn how HDG views residential work as a platform for experimentation from which concept, detailing, and material success can be scaled to the urban or institutional level.
Understand how HDG integrates reused materials and native or adaptive plants into the design process to produce a sustainable aesthetic in each built project.
Hear how HDG’s creative approach to problem solving uses logic to steer design decisions throughout all phases of a project.
Forget everything you think you know about SWA Group. See how *design* DNA coupled with cultural diversity and organizational ingenuity enable the company to evolve and thrive through time. Through research, experimentation, and risk-taking, designers at SWA are proving this is an indelible profession for the curious and the passionate.
Maintaining the Collective: Hear how the firm is organized to leverage the unique insights and strengths of individual.
Growing Design Leadership: Learn how SWA mentors and supports designers at all stages of their careers.
Agents of Change: Hear about the drivers that are shaping the firm’s future directions, from macroscale trends to local developments, investments in technology, and the Patrick Curran Fellowship.
As a profession, landscape architecture often emphasizes aesthetics at the expense of the practicalities of construction or long-term stewardship. Meet SiteWorks, a specialty practice that helps translate visionary landscape ideas into reality. Hear how we integrate design with science, technology, and building craft to enable the realization of iconic projects.
Understand how design drawings and renderings express a vision of a landscape, while contract documents, construction management, and site stewardship plans enable realization of the vision.
See how specialized technical expertise can be used to enhance budget planning scheduling, and long-term design performance.
Discover the importance of “contractor” thinking as a way to improve communication and on-site construction relationships.
Learn how to integrate and calibrate your design with a client’s maintenance capabilities.
Metrics and methods are changing the direction of our work. However, no resulting actions are taken if communication is not effective. Using various focuses of the profession, this panel examines external (clients, community, consultants, etc.) and internal office experience and methodologies, putting collaboration to action.
Evaluate the influence and benefit of effective communication, both internally and externally.
Share applicable techniques to better engage community, client, and consultants to collaborate for more resilient design.
Learn to better engage internally for effective project and professional development with emerging staff.
Evaluate collaboration and the found and missed opportunities through the various stages of projects.
Landscape architects are systems integrators in a world with ample specialization and deductive thinking. To unlock the strength beyond the private design firm and open space projects, we will focus on four careers demonstrating the real impact of landscape architects and explore how it can be applied “outside the studio.”
Learn how successful practitioners have developed different career paths founded on their landscape architecture training and experience.
Understand the tools necessary for emerging professionals to pursue work effectively in government and non-profit roles.
Gain insight on the process and challenges of pursuing diverse career paths.
Learn about the importance of collaborative opportunities between public and private sector practitioners.