Climate Action Plan Advisory Group

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Monique Bassey, ASLA

Marie Bickham Chair, Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Monique is a Professional in Residence at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture teaching design studio courses with a focus on environmental and social justice. Monique’s interest is improving the public health and preservation of cultural heritage for vulnerable communities affected by climate change.

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Scott Bishop, ASLA, RLA

Principal, BLD | Bishop Land Design
Quincy, Massachusetts

Scott is the founding principal of Bishop Land Design, a registered landscape architect, and human ecologist. Scott's climate expertise lies in applying human ecology to landscape architecture in order to design hybridized living systems. Through his work at his firm, he focuses on ways cities can adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change, providing ecological services to the rest of the living world while designing spaces for humans to inhabit and understand their environment.

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Keith Bowers, FASLA, RLA, PWS

Founding Principal, Biohabitats
Charleston, South Carolina

Keith lead Biohabitats strategic initiatives linking natural and nature-based design with biodiversity conservation, climate resiliency, and environmental justice work. For decades, his focus on climate action has been two-fold: engaging in projects that conserve biodiversity and restore habitat in the face of shifting climatic regimes, and exploring ways to operate a business with a net-zero carbon footprint.

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Pippa Brashear, ASLA, RLA

Resilience Principal, SCAPE Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
New York, New York

Pippa leads the resilience practice at SCAPE, including both planning and built work, and brings an ecological and people-driven approach to climate adaptation in SCAPE’s projects—informed by systems thinking; an understanding of natural and nature-based systems; engineering methods; and social and environmental equity. Pippa is a leading national expert on resilience planning and design for climate adaptation; she works with multi-disciplinary teams to develop landscape strategies and next-century infrastructure that integrate environmental, economic and social benefits.

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Meg Calkins, FASLA, FCELA

Professor of Landscape Architecture, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Meg is Professor of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University where she teaches design and construction and writes about carbon impacts of construction materials and sites. Meg's research focus is on reducing the carbon impacts of site materials and site design.

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Chingwen Cheng, PhD, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP

Program Head and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Environmental Design, The Design School, Arizona State University
President-Elect, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)
Tempe, Arizona

Dr. Cheng is a researcher and educator dedicated to advancing the knowledge and cultivating learners in the field of landscape architecture, connecting theory and practice, and promoting the values of landscape architecture to the public. Her teaching, research, and practice engage transdisciplinary approaches for Climate Justice Design, integrating environmental justice theory, spatial mixed-methods, systems design, and nature-based solutions, working with communities for co-developing research agenda and strategies to enhance community resilience and sustainability.

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Lisa N. Cowan, ASLA, RLA, SITES AP

Principal, StudioVerde
Cumberland, Maine

Lisa advises and collaborates with design teams, agencies, communities, businesses, and higher education leaders on implementation strategies for regenerative and sustainable campuses and outdoor spaces. As a national leader in land-based solutions to address climate change, Lisa works with organizations such as ASLA and the US Green Building Council to integrate the Sustainable Sites Rating System (SITES) into policy for sustainable site development, ecological restoration, and land conservation.

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Jose de Jesus Leal, ASLA, PLA, IA

Native Nation Building Studio Director, MIG, Inc.
Sacramento, California

As Director of the MIG’s Native Nation Building Studio, José current role focuses on the power of inclusive design and planning, and cultural relativism to reconnect people to land and the spirit of place. José’s focus is on the interconnectedness of the natural, animal, human and spiritual worlds, and the importance these connections have to the regeneration and healing of the land, people, animals, and plants.

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Manisha Kaul, ASLA, PLA, CDT

Principal, Design Workshop, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Leading Design Workshop’s Chicago studio, Manisha is responsible for business development, project leadership and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Manisha is deeply passionate about creating synergies in the public realm through an equitable, resilient and regenerative approach to landscape design.

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Greg Kochanowski, ASLA, AIA

Design Principal & Partner, GGA
Founder, The Wild: A Research Lab
Los Angeles, CA

Greg is a Partner and Design Principal at GGA+ in Pasadena, and Founder of The Wild, a 501(c)(3) non-profit research lab focusing on the impacts of the climate crisis in urban environments. Greg's climate work focuses on the Wildland Urban Interface, and the fire, flood, and debris flow cycles exacerbated by the Climate Crisis, and examining new initiatives around transdisciplinary design, with the goal of creating resilient environments that holistically operate between natural systems, culture, infrastructure, and development.

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Mia Lehrer, FASLA

President, Studio-MLA
Los Angeles, CA

Mia founded Studio-MLA in 1987 with a vision to improve quality of life through landscape, and she has been a dedicated public servant, serving as a Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioner; member of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, the Zoning Advisory Committee, and the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel; and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Her courageous approach to landscape design—distinguished for its advocacy of sustainable and people-friendly public places and catalytic work for a climate-appropriate future—has defined her as one of the great voices of modern-day landscape architecture.

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Hitesh Mehta, FASLA, FRIBA, FAAK, Associate AIA

President, HM Design
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Hitesh leads stewardship focused land-planning and research projects in the rainforests of Liberia, highlands of Ethiopia, coral reefs of Costa Rica, islands of Maldives and Galapagos. He is involved in protection and restoration of forest and coral reef ecosystems.

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Kate Orff, FASLA

Professor, Columbia University GSAPP & Columbia Climate School
Founder, SCAPE Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
New York, New York

Kate bridges climate policy, education, and design practice across institutions and scales. She lead complex projects and processes that weave together policy, ideation and implementation in a range of contexts from SCAPE to Columbia University to serving on Boards and national initiatives like the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on Accelerating Climate Action.

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Jean Senechal Biggs, ASLA

Transportation Planning Manager, City of Beaverton Portland, Oregon

Jean leads transportation planning, policy and projects for the City of Beaverton, a growing city of 100,000 in the Portland metropolitan region that is transitioning from a suburban, auto-centric pattern of development to a more urban, transit-oriented, and walkable community. Jean’s focus is creating healthy, green, safe, and equitable transportation networks, and her expertise is in transforming streets to become cherished public places for all to enjoy.

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Adrian Smith, FASLA

Staten Island Team Leader, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
New York, New York

In addition to being ASLA Vice President for Professional Practice, Adrian leads a team of over 20 landscape professionals who design and build parks and playgrounds on Staten Island and the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts, including Freshkills Park and the resilience measures along the coastline. Adrian’s focus is on the design and implementation of coastal resilience projects, including the related upland infrastructure in the urban areas of New York City.

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Matt Williams, ASLA

Planner, City of Detroit Planning & Development Department (PDD)
Detroit, Michigan

Matt leads one of the PDD’s neighborhood framework plans and works closely with community stakeholders, residents, and city agencies to implement projects in addition to representing PDD in other citywide initiatives. Matt’s personal focus is on creating resilient communities, equitable design, and accessibility for youth in design processes.

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Director of Shanghai Office, Sasaki
Shanghai, China

Dou’s latest work is on the design of the urban public realm, with a focus on sustainable approaches. Her recent project, the Baietan Exhibition Center, has just achieved the first Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) Platinum certification in China.



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