Fill for Habitat? Design Processes for an Adapting Regulatory Environment - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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Climate change and habitat loss are triggering shifts in the regulation of coastal water bodies. Join us for a look “behind the renderings” to see how regulation impacts designs across the East and West coasts and hear from a bayfront regulator on policy changes that enable fill for habitat projects.

Learning objectives:

  • Provide a detailed "behind the rendering" analysis of how signature waterfront projects have been permitted and interpreted by regulatory agencies.
  • Understand the different entities responsible for regulating waterfront environments on the East and West coasts, and the constraints and opportunities of current regulatory practices.
  • Learn about methods used by design firms to advocate for the advancement of innovative habitat and public access strategies, and how regulators consider the approval of experimental and untested ideas.
  • Learn about new updates to the regulations in San Francisco Bay that remove barriers to permitting of fill for habitat projects, enabling new design opportunities and inspiring regulatory adaptation nationwide.

Sanjukta Sen

Senior Associate

James Corner Field Operations

Sanjukta Sen is a Landscape and Architectural designer at James Corner Field Operations. Her projects include Gansevoort Peninsula at Hudson River Park, Domino Sugar, River Street Waterfront in Brooklyn ; Newark Riverfront in Newark, NJ; Central Green in Philadelphia and the Underline Masterplan in Miami. Sanjukta has taught graduate design studios at UPenn and also lectured at UVA, FIU, and Harvard GSD. She was one of the 2018-19 LAF fellows for Innovation and leadership, where she pursued her research interests in examining the role landscape architecture and open space can play in forefronting resilience in urban waterfronts.

Andrea Gaffney, ASLA

Senior Bay Development Design Analyst

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Andrea is a landscape architect and urban designer. In service to the state of California, she strives to be a fearless advocate and gracious regulator as she applies her design and planning skills to enrich the unique places where land and water meet. She reviews designs and facilitates complex negotiations for shoreline development and public access permitting and implementation around the San Francisco Bay Area, to help make waterfronts more beautiful, welcoming to all, and resilient to rising tides for the generations to come.

Brad Howe, ASLA


SCAPE Landscape Architecture

Brad is a Senior Associate at SCAPE and leads design efforts for a number of large-scale waterfront and resilience planning projects. Currently, he is the Project Manager for the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail in Beacon, New York and is also the Lead Designer for SCAPE’s resilience planning in Boston and the Design and Implementation phase of Living Breakwaters. Brad’s work focuses on creating ecologically vibrant waterfronts and public spaces, working from large-scale planning to detailed design. In addition to his role in design and project management, he has also helped drive community and stakeholder engagement processes related to these projects.


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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available