Curating the Presidio: From Historic Military Post to World-Class Park - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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How do you curate the transformation of a historic military base into a world-class urban national park? This session will explore how the renewal of historic resources, transformation of urban infrastructure, community action, private philanthropy, and excellent design transformed the Presidio of San Francisco into a national park for all.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the history and development of the northern waterfront San Francisco and the Presidio.
  • Learn how context-sensitive infrastructure projects can have a positive impact on parks and protected areas.
  • Understand the strategies used to ensure that the new Tunnel Tops parkland serves and is relevant to audiences traditional underrepresented in national parks.
  • Learn about the important role that private philanthropy and community support played in shaping the new park.

Michael Boland, FASLA

Chief Park Officer

Presidio Trust

Since 2001, Michael Boland has played a key role in transforming the historic Presidio into a national park site. As Chief Park Officer, he leads an interdisciplinary team that has created comprehensive visitor infrastructure, restored the Presidio’s mosaic of natural and cultural landscapes, established national park experiences serving urban youth and their families, and reinvented the former army post as a unique financially self-sufficient national park for all. Boland has a BA in Architecture, a Master of Landscape Architecture, and a Master of City Planning, all from UC Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Richard Kennedy, ASLA

Senior Principal

James Corner Field Operations

Richard is a Senior Principal at Field Operations and Director of the firm’s San Francisco office. With 20 years of professional experience, Richard is committed to improving cities through the design of a resilient, holistic and vibrant public realm. Richard led the design of the Presidio Tunnel Tops Project in San Francisco, the new 14-acre park that connects the Presidio to San Francisco’s Bayfront, as well as Cleveland’s Public Square; Memphis’ Shelby Farms Park; and South Plaza at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Richard has taught graduate level design studios and lectured at universities, symposiums, and foundations around the world.

Mary Margaret Jones, FASLA

President & CEO

Hargreaves Jones

Mary Margaret Jones is President of Hargreaves Jones, leading the firm’s offices in New York City, San Francisco, and Cambridge. Mary Margaret has over 30 years of experience, lecturing widely and holding board positions with the American Academy in Rome; The Architectural League NY; the Regional Plan Association; and ODC Dance in San Francisco. She is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome; the ASLA; the Urban Design Forum; and Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Her work with Hargreaves Jones has been widely recognized, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize.

Greg Moore

Founder and Former CEO

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Greg Moore serves as as a consultant to parks, public lands, and conservation projects and programs, nationally and internationally. Prior to his consulting role, Greg was the founder and long-time CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. During his over three decades of his leadership, the Conservancy became one of the most successful, innovative, and accomplished nonprofit support organizations to any U.S. national park. Moore has served as an advisor to parks and public land efforts throughout the United States and to park projects in in Australia, Chile, China, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.


Video: Curating the Presidio
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1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
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