ASLA SKILL | ED: Exploring AI's Impact on Landscape Architecture

ASLA SKILL | ED: Exploring AI's Impact on Landscape Architecture

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Dive into the captivating world where artificial intelligence (AI) and landscape architecture collide at SKILL | ED. Whether you're an AI beginner or a seasoned pro, get ready to explore the risks, rewards, and applications of AI in your practice. The time to prepare is now - join us for an investigation of AI's possibilities and how the landscape architecture profession can harness its power.

This description was written with the assistance of Spark AI.

Due to the inclusion of proprietary technology platforms, this course series is ineligible for continuing education approval through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES). 

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/05/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Join a candid conversation with an AI visualization thought leader, a landscape architect, and a global corporate digital strategist to unpack future storytelling through AI-powered design processes and technologies. Attendees will gain practical insights, explore collaborative workflow, and reflect on ethical considerations while delving into epic journey of narrative building.

    Join a candid conversation with an AI visualization thought leader, a landscape architect, and a global corporate digital strategist to unpack future storytelling through AI-powered design processes and technologies. Attendees will gain practical insights, explore collaborative workflow, and reflect on ethical considerations while delving into epic journey of narrative building. 

    Misa Chen, ASLA, PLA

    Studio Director/Founder

    STUDIO EDITION

    Misa is a landscape architect, urban designer, and graphic illustrator who is the creative mind behind STUDIO EDITION. With over 20 years of experience transforming public spaces at varied scales, Misa’s design philosophy is rooted in the vision of enriching public life in cities through site-responsive and high-quality outdoor spaces that intricately bring together culture, arts, and nature. From facilitating visioning workshops to spearheading design phases, Misa excels in diverse project typologies, including mixed-use development, multi-family housing, and educational institutions. Misa also serves as an adjunct professor at Thomas Jefferson University and a frequent design critic at respected local universities.

    Richardo J. Rodríguez de Santiago, AIA, LEED AP

    Global Head of Digital Marketing Excellence & Strategist

    Bytes & Mortar

    Ricardo J. Rodríguez de Santiago, an architect-turned-innovation strategist, boasts 17+ years of leadership in digital innovation. His global footprint spans projects exceeding 2 million sqft at renowned firms like Gensler and BASF. Honored as Emerging Architect of the Year and Top-50 Adoption Leader, he has served as an AIA Councilor and Global Head of Marketing & Digital Excellence at Master Builders Solutions. Teaching introductory AI for designers at the University of Pennsylvania, Ricardo founded Bytes & Mortar to accelerate business digital transformation. Passionate about generative art, he amplifies influence from Puerto Rico to international stages like Paris' BuiltWorlds Summit.

    Joshua Vermillion

    Associate Professor

    University of Nevada Las Vegas

    Joshua Vermillion is a designer, scholar, maker, and educator. As a design technologist he uses machines to augment his creative activities. As an associate professor in the School of Architecture at UNLV, Joshua has co-edited two books and has spoken, published, and presented peer-reviewed creative research worldwide. His creative and pedagogical interests include: artificial intelligence and machine learning; computational, parametric and algorithmic design; digital fabrication tools and techniques; and robotics. As an award-winning educator, Joshua’s students have won design awards and competitions, and as a designer, his collaborative work has been featured in diverse media outlets.

    Patricia Matamoros, ASLA, SITES AP, WEDG (Moderator)

    Senior Associate

    Savino & Miller Design Studio

    Patricia Matamoros began her career in architecture and after a few years working in the field, made the decision to return to graduate school and study landscape architecture. She started this degree in Caracas, Venezuela and finished it in Miami while interning at SMDS. Upon graduation she accepted a full-time position at the studio and has since engaged in a number of public and private projects as a project manager and design associate.

    Patricia is particularly passionate about recovering unused or misused public spaces for community enjoyment, as well as increasing the resilience of coastal cities against sea-level rise.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    The rapidly evolving technological environment and exciting potential of generative AI has led landscape architects to consider how they can incorporate these new tools into their processes. Though this new technology promises numerous benefits, it can also present risks and challenges that should be addressed for ethical and responsible practice. This session is designed to discuss some of the legal issues raised by the emergence of generative AI and identify strategies landscape architects can use to effectively navigate these risks.

    The rapidly evolving technological environment and exciting potential of generative AI has led landscape architects to consider how they can incorporate these new tools into their processes. Though this new technology promises numerous benefits, it can also present risks and challenges that should be addressed for ethical and responsible practice. This session is designed to discuss some of the legal issues raised by the emergence of generative AI and identify strategies landscape architects can use to effectively navigate these risks.

    Frank Musica

    Professional Liability Risk Advisor

    Victor Insurance Managers LLC

    Frank Musica has a professional degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame. After working for design firms in Chicago, he returned to Notre Dame to teach and to obtain both a master’s in business administration and a law degree. Frank has used his education and practice experience to work with design and construction firms and the professional societies and trade associations representing their interests.

    Following a decade of practice in architecture, engineering and planning, Frank became a lobbyist and program manager in three national professional organizations for architects and engineers focusing on federal and state regulations and legislation on procurement, taxation, practice management, and professional liability issues.

    For over thirty years, Frank has worked as a practice management risk advisor with Victor Insurance Managers LLC, the originator of professional liability insurance programs and other coverages specifically tailored for architects, engineers, and other professional service firms. Frank develops risk management information from the Victor base of claims information and looks ahead at changes in the marketplace for professional services, in the legal treatment of design and construction professionals, and in the interaction between technological and information management advances and practice management techniques and responsibilities.

    Mika Dewitz-Cryan

    Risk Management Consultant

    Victor Insurance Managers LLC

    Mika Dewitz-Cryan is a graduate of American University and the Washington College of Law in Washington, DC and is a current member of the AI Subcommittee for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Her background includes practice in the areas of construction law, employment law, and real estate law. Mika joined Victor’s risk advisory group in 2023 and draws on almost a decade of experience in risk management to provide design professionals with guidance in the areas of risk management, claims support and contract review services.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/12/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Dive into the future of planting design in this conversational session, exploring how new digital tools are reshaping large-scale performative planting projects. Examine ecological and aesthetic strategies that transition from traditional methods to interconnected systems-thinking. Uncover the evolving role of designers and machines in this age of Generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion, parametric tools like Land Kit, and bespoke tools and toolsets.

    Dive into the future of planting design in this conversational session, exploring how new digital tools are reshaping large-scale performative planting projects. Examine ecological and aesthetic strategies that transition from traditional methods to interconnected systems-thinking. Uncover the evolving role of designers and machines in this age of Generative AI tools like ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion, parametric tools like Land Kit, and bespoke tools and toolsets.

    Thomas Rainer, ASLA, PLA

    Principal

    Phyto Studio

    Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, Arlington National Cemetery, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. He is a celebrated public speaker who has garnered acclaim for his passionate presentations to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. Thomas serves as a Principal for the landscape architectural firm Phyto Studio in Washington, D.C.

    Chris Landau, Affil. ASLA

    Principal

    LANDAU Design+Technology

    Chris Landau has significantly contributed to the field of landscape architecture for over 16 years, focusing on the integration of computational design and storytelling. Land Kit, a parametric software he developed, hastens design iteration, pairing ideation with performance metrics. Users shape their concepts based on site criteria (grading and planting) and urban ecology goals (stormwater and carbon) in real time in a fluid iterative process. Chris’s tools enhance creative exploration while bolstering sustainable practices. Before founding LANDAU Design+Technology in 2018, Chris led OLIN’s technology and visualization group for eleven years.

    Xun Liu, ASLA

    Lecturer

    University of Southern California

    Xun Liu, a lecturer at the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia, specializes in the theory and application of AI in landscape architecture. Her extensive research covers AI in landscape visualization, generative design, and quantitative studies. With academic credentials from Harvard GSD and Tongji University and professional experience in NYC, Boston, and Shanghai, Liu acts as a technology consultant for leading landscape firms, developing computational methods and customized tools/workflows. She is dedicated to incorporating AI into landscape education, integrating AI tools into representation courses and design studios.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/20/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Join mid-career professionals and educators exploring AI's applications in design professions and design education, such as Midjourney, discussing challenges and opportunities through engaging case studies.

    Join mid-career professionals and educators exploring AI's applications in design professions and design education, such as Midjourney, discussing challenges and opportunities through engaging case studies. 

    Haemee Han, ASLA

    Director / Instructor

    Jaemee Studio / Rutgers University

    Haemee is a public artist, a landscape architect, and an educator. Since establishing Jaemee Studio, Haemee has exhibited public art installations and garden installations in America, Europe, and Asia, including the Chaumont sur Loire Garden Festival in France. Her work explores the relationship between objects and personal and collective memories. Most of her works incorporate occupiable objects where visitors immerse themselves within the art. Currently, Haemee serves as a full-time faculty at Rutgers University. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University (GSD) and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Daeho Lee

    Project Architect / Director

    Adjaye Associates / LMTLS Architecture

    Daeho Lee, project architect at Adjaye Associates and co-founder at LMTLS, holds experience in architecture and urban design, contributing to firms such as OMA and Adjaye Associates. During his tenure at OMA, he played a pivotal role in winning international competitions, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, and worked on various projects in the U.S. and Asia. At Adjaye Associates in New York, he led or actively participated in projects such as the flagship store in LA and a master plan in Cleveland, Ohio. Daeho Lee's educational background includes a Master's from MIT and a Bachelor's from Yonsei University.

    Bosuk Hur

    Design Principal / Associate Professor of Practice

    Folio / Iowa State University

    Bosuk Hur, an architect and educator, currently serves as an associate professor of practice at Iowa State University while concurrently leading his architecture firm, Folio, in Seoul, South Korea. With a rich professional background that includes experience at the Space in Seoul and as a project designer at Stanley Saitowitz l Natoma Architects. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University and was recognized with a faculty design award. Through his work, Bosuk endeavors to harness the intrinsic power of space and its atmospheric qualities to evoke new memories and stimulate the human senses.

    Phil Fernberg, ASLA (Moderator)

    Director of Digital Innovation

    OJB Landscape Architecture

    Phillip Fernberg, Ph.D. is a researcher, educator, and technology strategist helping to lead the transformation of OJB’s digital environment. As Director of Digital Innovation, his core mission is to develop a more advanced, creative, and immersive experience for design teams, clients, and communities by weaving deep technology into the fabric of the firm's design workflows and business operations.

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    This presentation explores the impact of AI on landscape architecture education, highlighting its potential to transform workflows, evaluation methods, learning approaches, and technology integration. While AI holds great promise, there are concerns about over reliance, the potential erosion of students' critical thinking skills, and the roles between humans and AI as creators. Educators face the challenge of fostering a balance between AI-driven tools and cultivating students' capacity for independent design thinking, ensuring they are well-prepared for their future roles as practitioners.

    This presentation explores the impact of AI on landscape architecture education, highlighting its potential to transform workflows, evaluation methods, learning approaches, and technology integration. While AI holds great promise, there are concerns about over reliance, the potential erosion of students' critical thinking skills, and the roles between humans and AI as creators. Educators face the challenge of fostering a balance between AI-driven tools and cultivating students' capacity for independent design thinking, ensuring they are well-prepared for their future roles as practitioners.

    Benjamin George, Ph.D., ASLA

    Associate Professor

    Utah State University

    Benjamin George, Ph.D., ASLA, is an Associate Professor in the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Department at Utah State University. His research work focuses on integrating artificial intelligence and visualization technologies into the design process. He has presented widely on the design technologies and received numerous awards, including his work with historic visualizations which won the 2017 ASLA Award of Excellence for Communications. He currently serves as chair of ASLA's AI working group.

    Ken McCowen, ASLA

    Professor

    University of Arkansas

    Ken McCown, ASLA, Associate AIA, ILFI, ACD, ASAI, is a Professorin the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, where heserves as Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, adjunct professorin architecture, and as the director for the university sustainabilitycurriculums. His background includes an undergraduate degree in landscapearchitecture and a graduate degree in architecture from the University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign.  These degrees provided a platform forintegrative, interdisciplinary inquiry into the built environment through urbandesign, transition design/resilience, and ergonomic/behavior design.

    Brent Chamberlain, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Utah State University

    Brent Chamberlain, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in LandscapeArchitecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University. His scholarlybackground is diverse, spanning computer science, natural resources management,psychology and planning. His research interests include visualization, spatialdata science, applied machine learning, andenvironmental perception of built and natural environments. He has publishednumerous articles on AI applications in planning and design and regularlypresents at conferences across the US and internationally. In 2023 hereceived the Excellence in Research or Creative Work Award from the Council ofEducators in Landscape Architecture.