Creating Culture: Studio Perspectives - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)

Recorded On: 10/27/2023

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In a society where employees are increasingly seeking personal growth and social contribution, how do you cultivate a studio that empowers collaboration, develops core values, and encourages employee fulfillment? This session speaks to the challenges of leadership, perspectives on culture, and strategies for improvement in the contemporary landscape architecture studio.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the challenges associated with effective and responsible leadership within a studio.
  • Learn about successes and mistakes when building or maintaining a studio culture.
  • Understand how to foster a studio culture rooted in collaboration and employee fulfillment.
  • Explore the values of ESG to cultivate a healthy and satisfying work environment.

Tiffany Beamer, ASLA, SITES AP



Tiffany Beamer’s background in art and music informs her design ethos. Her humanistic approach is evident in her designs working across a range of typologies including parks, cultural institutions, mixed-use cityscapes, universities, and federal campuses. Tiffany’s notable works include Director Park in Portland, Oregon; Carnegie Hall Roof Garden in New York, NY; Emerald Riverside in Shanghai, China; and Morse & Ezra Stiles College at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Tiffany is actively working on several tech campus projects in Silicon Valley, the Angels Landing project in Downtown LA, and the West LA Civic Center development in West Los Angeles.

Benjamin F. Niefield, ASLA


Design Workshop, Inc.

An Associate and project manager in the Aspen Studio of Design Workshop, Ben Niefield enjoys working on a range of residential, public park, and private development projects. Over the past two years, Ben has enjoyed the role of Aspen Studio Operations Manager: helping lead, empower and support staff in building the culture at Design Workshop’s oldest and largest studio. He held leadership positions within the TX ASLA chapter and graduated from the Roaring Fork Leadership Academy. Ben is a graduate of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University.

Kona Gray, FASLA


EDSA, Inc.

As a firm leader with 29-years of experience in 30+ countries, his global design and management sense has positively shaped the outcomes of many environments. His portfolio includes large-scale planning and detailed site design with emphasis on communities, parks, hospitality, urban and campus environments that solve meaningful issues. Currently, he serves as ASLA Representative to the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board and recently served as ASLA Vice President Professional Practice. He is a Past President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and active member of the Urban Land Institute. Kona earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia.


Video: Creating Culture: Studio Perspectives - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
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