Inside the LA Studio—TEN x TEN - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
Recorded On: 10/29/2023
Founded in 2015, TEN x TEN is a transdisciplinary landscape architecture and urban design practice grounded by a shared curiosity and passion for exploration, storytelling, and agency. As a values and mission-driven practice, we co-create compassionate, immersive, and resilient spaces that confront the issues of our time.
- Explore what it takes to approach practice through values, humility, and respect.
- Understand how elevating truth within projects can positively transform design processes, decision-making structures, and engagement approaches.
- Learn how storytelling, language, and narrative can be used as tools to remain vulnerable and spark open, participatory conversation between collaborators, clients, and peers.
- Discuss the power of transparency as an organizational strategy to build trust and define office culture.
Ross B. Altheimer, ASLA, FAAR
Principal and Cofounder
TEN x TEN
Ross is a principal and co-founder of TEN x TEN. He has facilitated the visioning and execution of numerous cultural, community, and campus projects across the US. His work explores the art and temporality of landscape with the ambition of building just communities and institutions through leveraging landscape’s capacity for change.
Ross teaches at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. He has a BS in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MARCH/MLA from the University of Virginia. His work has been recognized by the AIA, ASLA, GSA Design Awards, Graham Foundation and American Academy in Rome.
Maura Rockcastle, ASLA
Principal and Co-Founder
Ten x Ten
Maura is a landscape architect, co-founder and principal of TEN x TEN. With a background in printmaking and sculpture, Maura balances a rigorous approach to leadership and design innovation with a conceptual sensibility rooted in process. Maura’s professional experience is focused on cultural, institutional, and complex public realm projects. Her work has received national awards for design excellence, preservation, and innovation. In 2015 she co-founded TEN x TEN to build a practice committed to horizontal co-authorship, radical transparency, and curiosity. TEN x TEN’s mission is to co-create compassionate, immersive, and resilient spaces that confront the issues of our time.
Satoko Muratake, ASLA
PLA / Director of Process
Ten x Ten
Satoko is a Director of Process from Ten x Ten Studio, with experience in arts, community organizing, academic research, and landscape architecture. Committed to themes of collective memory, listening, resilience, and open-ended design processes, she managed projects like Mill 19, Historic Fort Snelling at Bdote, the 26th Avenue North Overlook, Rondo Commemorative Plaza, and the Philando Castile Memorial.
Before TenxTen, she co-founded an environmental design studio and helped strategize the social enterprise model of Juxtaposition Arts. She was also a research fellow at Metropolitan Design Center, working on the public realm and green infrastructure framework for the local neighborhoods.
Erica J. Christenson, ASLA
TEN x TEN
Erica Christenson is a Managing Director for TEN x TEN, and is a registered landscape architect, ASLA member and SITES AP. In her firm leadership role, she is responsible for supporting staff development, office operations and mentorship through transparent and equitable systems. Additionally, she regularly collaborates with Directors and Principals on firm-wide technical standards, project management strategy, marketing endeavors, and staff development.
She has over 16 years of experience designing and managing landscape projects and has been supporting TEN x TENs projects most often as a Senior Project Leader and Technical Expert.
Julie Bargmann, ASLA (Moderator)
Principal + Founder / D.I.R.T. studio
Professor Emerita / University of Virginia School of Architecture
Julie Bargmann is internationally recognized as an innovative designer in building regenerative landscapes and with interdisciplinary design education. Bargmann founded her design research practice, D.I.R.T. studio which continues to excavate the creative potential of degraded landscapes. As Associate Professor and current Chair of Landscape Architecture at University of Virginia, she has lead her student into complex urban territories. Bargmann's work was awarded the National Design Award by Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Museum. TIME, CNN and Newsweek, along with national and international design publications have recognized Bargmann as leading the next generation in making a difference for design and the environment.
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