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SwiftCompany | PAC Lunch Chat | April 2021

A take on collaboration, being a player in large teams, strategy and the critical issue of driving towards systems thinking as an overlay on team work.

Barbara Swift, FASLA
Gareth Loveridge
Shawn Stankewich
Rhys Van Bemel
Rhiannon Neuville

Sean Batty | PAC Lunch Chat | April 2021

Sean Batty, ASLA, is the Director of the Portland Oregon regional transit agency’s (TriMet) Engineering and Construction Delivery Department which is focused on delivering internally funded projects. His 25-year career, including four years in the private sector, has focused on urban projects with particular emphasis on design/construction project management, transit/transportation, and urban landscape architectural design. Prior roles at TriMet include Corridor Design Manager (lead for conceptual design including for the Orange Line), Project Manager on dozens of TM projects, as well as TriMet’s Project Landscape Architect.  Sean was the first Landscape Architect directly employed by TriMet.

The Urban Studio | #CBEchronicles | April 2021

The University of Washington College of Built Environments presents a series of digital conversations around and within the built environments community in Spring Quarter 2021: #CBEchronicles. Professor of Architecture Ken Tadashi Oshima hosts.

The UW Department of Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council presented a panel discussion featuring founders of The Urban Studio titled “Just US: Reimagining Urban Stewardship towards healthy, vibrant & just communities.” The conversation took place on April 22, 2021.

Panelists Kendra Hyson (Co-Founder + President, The Urban Studio), Maisie Hughes (Co-Founder, The Urban Studio), and Daví de la Cruz, ASLA (Founding Member + Administrator, The Urban Studio) explored the origin of their work and the catalyst for their organization. The Urban Studio makes a strong commitment to uplifting the lived experiences of historically excluded communities, and strive toward a design ethic that seeks authentic engagement. The Urban Studio looks at co-design + co-creation as the strongest way to advocate toward equitable and sustainable urbanism.

Jess Zimbabwe, LEED AP (Executive Director, Environmental Works) led the discussion.

David Buckley Borden | PAC Lunch Chat | February 2021

This professional development talk is for students and recent graduates and uses Borden’s career track as an example of developing an intentional self-directed creative practice. The talk is not a prescriptive “how-to” career presentation, but an empowering, yet cautionary, conversation about creative growth and self-determination.

The conversation includes Borden’s initial work in the performing arts, his brief experiment as a corporate landscape designer, his tenure as a “feral landscape architect,” and his current practice as an independent creative working at the intersection of art, design, and ecology. Borden walks the audience along his career path to highlight the strategic successes that have shaped his practice philosophy, process, and project outcomes. Borden also presents setbacks and learning opportunities including practical pitfalls of public installations and exhibitions, residencies, fellowships, grants, and self-made opportunities.

Seattle Parks and Recreation | PAC Lunch Chat | February 2021

Kim Baldwin (ASLA, Deputy Director) and Kathleen Conner (AICP, Planning Manager) of Seattle Parks and Recreation Planning and Development Division share how a public agency operates and achieves social justice and equity in the planning and design process. They also share some information about how to seek job and internship opportunities at City of Seattle.

Billy Fleming | #CBEchronicles | February 2021

The UW Department of Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council presented a lecture by Billy Fleming, “Designing A Green New Deal,” on February 11, 2021 as part of the University of Washington College of Built Environments #CBEchronicles series. The Green New Deal is the biggest design and environmental idea in a century, requiring a total transformation of the built and natural environment. Billy Fleming discussed how we can plan, design and work together to deliver meaningful change.

Billy Fleming is the Wilks Family Director of the Ian L. McHarg Center in the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a senior fellow with Data for Progress, where he has focused on the built environment impacts of climate change and published low-carbon public housing policy briefs tied to the “Green New Deal for Public Housing Act” introduced in 2019.

Chuck Lennox | PAC Lunch Chat | January 2021

Landscapes and sites have meanings that are often unknown or hidden from the public unless we provide a means for storytelling. Interpretation is often a tool that can reveal the stories of the land and site to make it more accessible. Hear from Chuck Lennox (Principal – Lennox Insites a visitor experience planner who regularly works with LA professionals to enhance their projects.

Fehr + Peers | PAC Lunch Chat | November 2020

In this Lunch Chat, presented by the University of Washington Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council, a professional from Fehr+Peers discussed their work on the transportation planning. This event took place in November 2020.

Site Workshop | PAC Lunch Chat | October 2020

Patrick Pirtle (UW MLA 2015) is a designer at Site Workshop, a landscape architecture firm in Seattle. In this Lunch Chat, presented by the University of Washington Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council, Pirtle discussed his work on the landscape design of the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health on the UW Seattle campus. Pirtle gave his talk, titled “Success Through Collaboration,” on October 26, 2020.

Dilip Da Cunha | PAC Spring Lecture | May 2019

Dilip da Cunha works between Philadelphia and Bangalore as a founding partner of Mathur / da Cunha. He is an architect and planner who teaches at Harvard University and Columbia University.

da Cunha spoke at the University of Washington campus in Seattle on May 22, 2019. His lecture, titled “Design with Wetness,” was part of the Department of Landscape Architecture Spring 2019 lecture series.

Gina Ford | PAC Spring Lecture | April 2018

Gina Ford is a landscape architect and co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. Underpinning her two decades of practice is a commitment to the design and planning of public places and the perpetuation of the value of landscape architecture through thought leadership, exhibitions, teaching, writing, and lecturing.

She spoke at the University of Washington campus in Seattle on April 25, 2018. Her lecture was titled “Designing for Resilience, Equity, and Democracy.” It was part of the Department of Landscape Architecture Spring 2018 lecture series.

Susannah Drake | PAC Spring Lecture | May 2016

Susannah Drake, FASLA/RLA/RA, is the founding principal of DLANDstudio Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The internationally recognized firm, winner of the 2014 AIA New Practices New York Award, is the recipient of City, State, and National AIA and ASLA Awards for their work. She has received numerous grants and awards for adapting infrastructure corridors for storm water capture, climate resilience and park creation.

She spoke at the University of Washington campus in Seattle on May 26th, 2016.

Her lecture, titled “Creation of 21st Century Public Infrastructure: Beauty, Economics, Politics, Ecology,” was sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council.


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