Drawing Beyond Concepts: The Role of Drawing from Sketch Through Construction - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 11/12/2022

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Drawing enables our minds to explore ideas unencumbered. This “from the elbow” investigation becomes invisible behind the glossy rendering and ultimately the built space, so this session pulls back the curtain to explore the processes that led to places such as Bonnet Springs Park, Lurie Garden, and Palm Springs Park.

Learning Objectives:

Examine the historical importance of graphic and narrative representation in translating an idea into the physical worldUnderstand how a collaborative practice of openness and exposure builds critical thinking and a purposeful design atmosphere. See examples of using analog drawing as a distinct tool to powerfully and poetically “see,” organize, and compose construction details. See later phases of design, including fine details, as a continuation of rich personal design thinking and intellectual agency, for landscape architects tasked with “drafting” construction details.

Anna Cawrse, ASLA

Denver Office Director, Associate Principal


Anna has dedicated her career to weaving nature, culture and history into urban landscapes. At every scale, she is committed to engaging communities and strives to create designs that reflect the communities’ needs. Anna leads complex built projects and master plans across the world. Her most notable projects include Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland, FL, which is transforming an abandoned railyard into Florida’s own Central Park; the implementation of University Lakes in Baton Rouge, LA, an ambitious project to set the six lake system on a more ecologically sustainable and recreationally rich future; and Hellinkon Metropolitan Park in Athens, Greece.

Shannon Nichol, FASLA

Founding Principal


Shannon Nichol is a founding principal of GGN. Her designs are widely recognized for being deeply embedded in their neighborhoods and natural contexts. Shannon’s work incorporates complex functions into simple frameworks and refined landforms.
GGN is the recipient of the 2017 ASLA National Landscape Architecture Firm Award and in 2011, Shannon and her partners received the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture. Her work has received multiple Design Excellence and Honor Awards from ASLA and AIA. Shannon lectures internationally, frequently juries for design awards, and serves on advisory committees for universities and non-profits.

Nathaniel Cormier, ASLA, LEED AP

Managing Studio Director


Nate’s interest in landscape design as a form of storytelling drew him to Los Angeles seven years ago after two decades of practice in Seattle and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard. Today, Nate helps lead a team of over 60 landscape architects working across diverse typologies and regions. He is passionate about civic and cultural spaces as well as restorative environments for health and hospitality. Current work includes major commissions in Tulsa, Denver, Phoenix, and Miami. Nate’s north star is an immersive beauty founded on formal curiosity, local materials, and co-creation.


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