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ASLA Fellows to Speak on Careers' Segmental Development

Perry Howard, FASLA, Past President 2007-2008, and Karen Phillips, FASLA, will be lecturing February 21 on Segments: Similarities and Differences as part of the Utah State University Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Speaker Series.

Phillips and Howard grew up during the 1960s in different parts of the South providing service to underserved communities, a common theme throughout their career development and work. They both attended majority-white universities for their undergraduate education, and later met while attending the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Together, Karen and Perry will share an exploration of the segmental development of their careers and their impact on the profession of landscape architecture.

 Karen Phillips  Perry Howard, FASLA

About Karen Phillips

As VP/Director of Sustainability at New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Karen A. Phillips formulates and coordinates agency-wide programs and policies to promote energy efficiency and resiliency of affordable housing statewide. Prior to this assignment, she served as the New York City Regional Director for New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. From 2002 to 2011, she served as a member of the New York City Planning Commission while providing consulting services in real estate development and community planning projects in Louisiana, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and western New York. Her career in urban planning, environmental design, real estate, and community development has focused on improving the lives of residents in economically distressed communities. Most notably, she contributed to the transformation of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City, beginning as a volunteer with the Abyssinian Baptist Church and then serving as the CEO of a faith-based community development corporation. Ms. Phillips received an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Georgia and a Master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, concentrating her studies on real estate development and urban community planning.


About Perry Howard

North Carolina A&T State University has the only undergraduate landscape architecture program at a historically black college or university. Perry Howard served as its Program Coordinator and Professor of Landscape Architecture for 25 years before retiring in 2014. He has served in many capacities in North Carolina and Florida for the American Society of Landscape Architects, including President in 2008, making him the only African American who has served in this position. Before beginning his teaching career in 1989, Mr. Howard was a Vice President at EDSA, a landscape architecture and planning firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he designed large parks and new communities. Perry received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He became a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1995.

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