Alternative Business Ownership Models - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)

Recorded On: 10/29/2023

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Dive into three alternative models of ownership and candidly explore the decision-making process, setbacks, and the psychological explorations that lead to founding and running mission-based firms. These practices include non-profits, B Corps, cooperatives, and perpetual purpose trusts.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the importance of alternative modes of business structure and ownership as potential post-capitalist strategies.
  • Provide an example and motivate those who are considering starting a firm to explore other ownership/business model options.
  • Gain insight into the rewards and drawbacks of alternative ownership and entrepreneurship and an exit strategy that promotes leadership, wealth distribution and access to ownership for employees.
  • Understand the ways a practice built on passion and understanding can be a catalyst for social change.

Patricia Algara, ASLA

Founding Principal

BASE Landscape Architecture, Inc.

Patricia was born and raised in Mexico, she is the founder and president of the award winning firm BASE. A recognized leader in sustainable design and community involvement, Patricia creates landscapes that immerse people of all backgrounds and abilities in learning, exploration and play. Patricia’s community involvement and advocacy expand the boundaries of traditional landscape architecture. Inspired by bees she founded an NGO "With Honey in The Heart" that creates healthy habitats for pollinators. She has lectured at many universities and has won two national faculty ASLA awards. She received her MLA from UC Berkeley in 2007.

Cinda Gilliland, ASLA

Founding Member


Cinda Gilliland has led teams designing award-winning international projects including campuses, mixed-use projects, community parks, and urban plazas for more than 25 years, first at SWA then as lead principal of Reed Gilliland. As a co-founder of the WxLA initiative promoting equity in the profession of landscape architecture, she became interested in exploring new modes of practice. She is excited to now be a Founding Member of re:public, a new cooperative design practice. Her practice has coalesced around a belief in the power of nature, design, and the infectious energy of human creativity to catalyze social change and community cohesiveness.

Keith Bowers, FASLA

Founder/Team Leader

Biohabitats, Inc.

As the founder and president of Biohabitats, Keith has pioneered the practice of nature-based design, green infrastructure, and regenerative design within the landscape architecture community. As a multidisciplinary organization with a mission to Restore the Earth and Inspire Ecological Stewardship, Biohabitats practices at the crossroads between biodiversity conservation, climate adaptation and environmental justice. Keith’s mission is to change the way capitalism is practiced. As a B-Corp and 1% for the Planet organization, Keith has instilled Self Governance, Wholeness, and Evolutionary Purpose as the guiding principles behind Biohabitats success. Keith is an advocate for biodiversity and ecological restoration around the world.


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1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
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