A Seat at the Table: Landscape Architects in the Public Sector - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)

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Landscape architects have long played roles in government agencies. What's the prospect for the future? Through a dynamic conversation, three public sector practitioners reflect on their career paths and the value of landscape architects leading from inside public agencies.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the key differences between public sector, private sector, and non-profit work that landscape architects do
  • Understand some of the career trajectories of landscape architects in the public sector (historically & conceptually)
  • Understand the critical skills necessary to push projects forward in the public sector
  • Discover the historical importance that government projects have had in increasing the prominence of the profession of landscape architects

Jean Senechal Biggs, ASLA

Transportation Planning Manager

City of Beaverton

Jean Senechal Biggs, ASLA, is the Transportation Planning Manager for the City of Beaverton, Oregon. She has made transportation the focus of her career and frequently finds herself bridging the gap between planning and engineering. Prior to working in Beaverton, Jean spent 20 years at the Portland Bureau of Transportation planning, designing, and building transit and transportation projects. Jean currently serves as Trustee of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA and is past chair of ASLA's Professional Practice Committee. A Boston native, Jean earned her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon.

Adrian Smith, FASLA

Team Leader, Staten Island Capital Projects

NYC Parks

Adrian Smith, FASLA is the Team Leader for Staten Island capital projects with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, a role he has held since 2016. He manages a team of 20 landscape professionals who design and build projects on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens, with an annual construction value of over $50 Million. Active projects include landscapes along Rockaway Beach and converting Fresh Kills landfill into a park. He previously held positions at several private design firms, in addition to maintaining his own practice. Adrian began serving as ASLA's Vice President for Professional Practice in 2020.

Matt Williams, ASLA

Urban Planner

Planning & Development Department, City of Detroit

Matt Williams is an urban planner & landscape designer based in Detroit, MI. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton’s School of Business. He then enrolled at Louisiana State University where he received the degree of Master of Landscape Architecture. In 2016, Matt joined the Spackman Mossop Michael landscape architecture firm as a Designer. He relocated to his hometown of Detroit to establish a local headquarters in 2017. He’s currently a planner in the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department.


Video: A Seat at the Table
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1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
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