Education Sessions

90-minute education sessions will be offered from Friday through Monday. Each session is 1.5 professional development hours (PDH). Unless otherwise noted, the instruction level of the education sessions will be Intermediate to Advanced, appropriate for an experienced, professional audience. All sessions take place at Lakeside Center at McCormick Place.  Programs and speakers are subject to change.

Sunday 1:30–3:00

Inside the LA Studio with Ken Smith Landscape Architect
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Ken Smith Landscape Architect, based in New York City and Southern California, works on a wide variety of projects. His background in landscape architecture and public art has led him to explore the symbolic content and expressive power of landscape as an art form. The firm practices in the realm of public space, pushing beyond traditional landscape typologies to conceptualize landscapes that are hybridized from diverse cultural traditions and influences of the contemporary urban landscape.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how this firm solves design problems within the context of existing, reworked, or complex urban fabrics
  • Explore ways in which this firm makes the strongest conceptual landscapes with the limits and possibilities of a site’s infrastructure
  • Understand the symbolic content and expressive power of landscape as an art form.

Featured speakers: Ken Smith, ASLA, Corbett Belcher, Affiliate ASLA, and Hardy Stecker, Ken Smith Landscape Architect; Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects 


Water, People, and Cities
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, AICP

Water supplies and water impacts are cities’ major connections to their regional environments. Dispersed and concentrated development patterns offer different types of solutions. Participants will explore case studies in all regions of the U.S. with a landscape architect and a planner. These examples illustrate the contemporary planning and design approaches that allow cities’ economies, human communities, and the environment to thrive together. (Sponsors: American Planning Association and American Society of Landscape Architects.)

Learning objectives:

  • Explore water supply concerns and possible solutions in concentrated developments versus dispersed developments
  • Understand the planner's role and the landscape architect's role--and how they work together--in planning and design of water systems
  • Contrast the issues and solutions for water supply in different regions of the country.

Featured speakers: Ken Butler, University of Texas at Austin; Herbert Dreiseitl, International ASLA, Atelier Dreiseitl; Bruce K. Ferguson, FASLA, University of Georgia; Frederick R. Steiner, FASLA, University of Texas at Austin 

Sedum and Beyond: Plant Diversity for Green Roofs
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, FL

Green roofs are becoming popular, practical, and widely accepted in the urban environment, meaning landscape architects are challenged to design successful, sustainable, and environmentally diverse habitats for harsh conditions. This session will explore horticultural practices and principles for successfully providing diversity on a green roof that will stand the tests of time and budget. Experts in the field will present practical and effective techniques, products, and data used on recent, highly acclaimed projects. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to successfully increase the plant diversity in your green roof project while working within the constraints of the physical parameters of the site 
  • Explore how to select local and regional plants that can be sustained over the long term on an elevated environment, as well as which plants to avoid 
  • Understand the limitations of biodiversity as well as habitat creation and restoration within the constraints of a green roof

Featured speakers: Brian Barry, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects; Robert D. Berghage, Center for Green Roof Research; John Scholten, LiveRoof LLC       


Beasts of Burden: A Closer Look at Two Large Living Roofs
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, FL

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco earned LEED-Platinum certification by realizing Renzo Piano’s vision of "lifting up a piece of the park and putting a building under it"—in other words, a living roof. The Library of Congress Packard Campus in Culpepper, VA, turned an outmoded facility into the world’s largest audio visual archive—complete with a five-acre living roof. This session will offer a look at these two projects by people who helped realize them. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn living roof typologies and terminology
  • Gain insight from seeing all stages of construction of a living roof
  • Learn the benefits of living roofs and how LEED values are achieved 

Featured speakers: Kang Kiang, AIA, Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects; John S. Loomis, ASLA, and Lawrence Reed, LEED AP, SWA Group    


From Recreation to Education: The James Clarkson Environmental Discovery Center
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, FL

In this session, the multidisciplinary team of the award-winning James Clarkson Environmental Discovery Center in White Lake Township, MI., will explain how educational goals and local environmental curriculum shaped the project’s sustainable design and programming. The design team created a 70-acre center that immerses visitors in a hands-on environmental experience from oak savannahs and lupine prairies to kettle lakes and an underwater laboratory. They also will share lessons learned and explain their collaborative process.

Learning objectives:

  • Examine the development of a sustainable project from the viewpoint of the key project team members: client, architect, environmentalist, and landscape architect
  • Learn the importance of user identity and program in the development of learning environments
  • Learn to use the natural features of a site to enhance the user and educational experience

Featured speakers: Richard W. Espe, ASLA, LEED AP, MSI; John M. Kiertscher, Envirotech Consultants; Paul Urbanek, AIA, LEED AP, SmithGroup; Michael Arens, Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority 


Media Roundtable: National Design Critics
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW

In this session, design critics from leading national publications will discuss the trends they are seeing in planning and design. They will also talk about their work processes: How they select topics and projects to cover, what their editorial calendars for 2010 look like, and the best ways to contact them to get coverage for your projects.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore the trends design critics from national newspapers are seeing in planning and design 
  • Learn the best ways to contact newspapers to get coverage of your news and projects 
  • Understand how design critics select topics and projects to cover

Featured speakers: Sam Grawe, Editor-in-Chief, Dwell magazine; Richard Lacayo, Art Critic, Time magazine; Cathleen McGuigan, Contributing Editor, Newsweek magazine; Moderator: Linda Hales, Student Affiliate ASLA, formerly with The Washington Post  


Client Roundtable: Municipalities
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/non-HSW

Municipalities have been the second largest client group for landscape architects for many years and with the economic stimulus funding, may take the lead by 2010. Mayors are often their cities’ chief urban designers and more and more of them are hiring landscape architects to serve as full-time senior advisors. Learn what trends these city leaders see in design and construction that will affect the landscape architecture profession. Discover how they select and use private sector landscape architecture firms and how landscape design informs and improves their projects. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about urban trends that will affect landscape design in the future
  • Examine how cities are embracing landscape design and landscape architects as urban advisors
  • Understand how municipalities select and hire landscape architects.

Featured speakers: Alexandros Washburn, Affiliate ASLA, Chief Urban Designer, City of New York; Astrid Haryati, ASLA, Special Assistant to the Mayor, City of San Francisco; David Leopold, Chicago Department of Transportation; Dean Hill, ASLA, Terratecture


Performance Landscapes in Resort Environments: Putting Sustainability to Work
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, FL

As concern about climate change and the environment grows, increasing numbers of vacationers are seeking restorative leisure time that sends them home with a lighter—if not enlightened—conscience. For many travelers, appealing experiences now combine escape with authenticity: a deeper connection to place, and the satisfaction that comes with treading lightly. This session will explore the functional alternatives to a two-dimensional, passive aesthetic of resort landscapes that may appear beautiful yet are artificially created.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how sustainability adds value to resort environments with functioning green infrastructure 
  • Examine trends in resort planning to incorporate local culture to benefit resort development and the surrounding areas
  • Learn how to communicate the growing demand for self-sustaining resort environments to clients

Featured speakers: Greg Cory, ERA; Todd Hill, ASLA, EDAW AECOM; Tim Harmon, Auberge Resorts/Solage Hotels and Resorts


Culture as Wellspring for Urban Regeneration: Tokyo Midtown
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AICP, AIA, FL

How does a designer work with a strong culture to create a successful project with universal appeal? This session will present the perspectives of the owner, architect, and landscape architect on Tokyo Midtown, a 25-acre mixed-use project in the heart of Tokyo that dedicates 50 percent of its site to open space. Participants will present the built project during its five-year planning, design, and construction process and explain the metrics demonstrating its success. 

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how a new approach to landscape and architecture can result in transformative urban regeneration. 
  • Learn how landscape can provide public amenity, enhance the value of private development; and translate open space to a client's bottom line 
  • Define an international "style" for the 21st century and discover how international designers can engage a client who is committed to its own culture to create something new.  

Featured speakers: Joseph E. Brown, FASLA, Akihiro Omi, and Steve Hanson, ASLA, EDAW AECOM; Taku Shimizu, Studio Taku Shimizu, Inc.

The Vertical Farm Project—Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond
1.5 PDH, Registered with LACES/HSW, AIA, FL

How are we going to feed the additional 3 billion people who will inhabit the earth by 2050? The Vertical Farm Project, developed by Columbia University parasitologist Dickson Despommier and his medical ecology students, centers on a possible prototype solution: A 30-story building that would cover a city block and could theoretically feed 50,000 Manhattanites by growing food hydroponically inside. Added benefits would include lowered carbon emissions as well as a chance for ravished agricultural land to recover.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how vertical farms work and the concepts behind their design
  • Learn how vertical farms may provide an answer to feeding the world’s increasing population while cutting down traditional agricultural energy use
  • Examine the vertical farm model developed by Columbia University.
Featured speaker: Dickson Despommier, Environmental Health Science of Columbia University

Early Deadline

July 9, 2009

Advance Deadline

August 14, 2009


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