Taking a Critical Lens to Urban Planting: Explore Design Challenges and Strategies - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/27/2023

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How do we create thriving green spaces with ecological benefits in harsh urban environments? What challenges do cities face in creating these spaces? This session will discuss challenges and strategies—from both a public agency perspective and a design perspective—associated with creating thriving planting in harsh urban environments.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of new ideas for providing green space and shade in urban settings.
  • Understand the technical requirements for producing sustainable plant systems in cities.
  • Understand the relationship between soil volumes and tree health.
  • Understand challenges to planting systems of dynamic stormwater flows, i.e. green infrastructure.

Gentry K. Lock, ASLA

Principal, Landscape Architect


Gentry is a NYC-based Landscape Architect at Stantec. Gentry’s high standards are evident in her emphasis on teamwork to build an interdisciplinary practice in the design, documentation and construction of her public landscape architecture projects, which have changed NYC neighborhoods. With over 17 years of experience, Gentry is a project manager and designer for public space projects characterized by complex interdisciplinary efforts. She is on AIA-NY’s Transportation and Infrastructure committee, where she organizes their Transportation and Infrastructure Design Excellence awards, which recognizes transportation and infrastructure projects by landscape architects and architects.

Claudia West, ASLA


Phyto Studio LLC

Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought out speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World, and co-founder of Phyto Studio.

Nancy Prince, FASLA

Chief of Landscape Architecture

NYC Parks

Nancy Prince PLA, FASLA, is the Chief of Landscape Architecture at NYC Parks. Nancy guides the work of 100 landscape architects and consulting firms working on a large and varied portfolio of projects. She sets standards for excellence in design to ensure that park projects are innovative, enduring, accessible, resilient, and sustainable. Ms. Prince has spoken about design in the public realm at ASLA, AIA and APA national conferences. She holds a master’s in urban design from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts.


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