Terry Berkbuegler, Partner – Confluence, Kansas City, MO
Josh Boehm, Development Manager – Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority, Jackson County, MO
Conner Bruns, Graduate Research Assistant – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Elizabeth Bowman, Director, Kansas City Municipal Art Commission, Kansas City, MO
Brent Chamberlain, Assistant Professor – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Matt Davis, Program Coordinator – Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority, Jackson County, MO
Michael DeMers, Division Director of Innovative Partnerships & Alternate Funding – Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, MO
Barbara Deutsch, Chief Executive Officer – Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington DC
William Dietrich, President and CEO – Downtown Council of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Tom Gerend, Executive Director – Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Kansas City, MO
Ashley Z. Hand, Co-Founder – CityFi, Los Angeles, CA
Howard Hahn, Associate Professor – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Ann Holliday, Director of Arts Initiative – Downtown Council, Kansas City, MO
Shawn Kelly, ALSA President Elect & Principal – Kelly Design Group, Williams Bay, WI
Gibson Kerr, Director – Cushman & Wakefield, Kansas City, MO
Travis Kiefer, Assistant Director of Engineering – Kansas City Parks and Recreation, Kansas City, MO
Kunso Kim, Vice President of Gardens – Powell Gardens, Kingsville, MO
Chris Martin, Project Executive – McCown Gordon, Kansas City, MO
Mark McHenry, Director – Kansas City Parks and Recreation, Kansas City, MO
Cydney Millstein, Founder & Principal – Architectural & Historical Research, llc, Kansas City, MO
James Modig, University Architect – KU Design & Construction Management, Lawrence, KS
Daniel Moylan, Development Manager – Edgemoor, Kansas City, MO
Brian Nowotny, Deputy Director of Parks Operations – Jackson County Parks and Recreation, Jackson County, MO
Laura Nugent, Artist & Board President – Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO
Steven Polk, Founding Principal – Stormwater STL, St. Louis, MO
Stephanie Rolley, Professor and Department Head, Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Janet Simpson, Executive Director, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

Todd Stein, President and CEO – Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO
Jeff Stewart, Deputy Director – Johnson County Parks and Recreation, Johnson County, KS
Linette Straus, Professiona Practice Manager – ASLA, New York, NY
Chip Sullivan, Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design – UC Berkley, Berkley CA
Jeffrey Williams, Planning Director – City of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018 Presentations

New Landscape Declaration
[Session 1A – Thursday, April 12 | 8:45a – 9:45a | West Room ]

On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) asked a diverse group of the world’s leading landscape architects to reflect on the last half-century and present bold ideas for the future. The result is the New Landscape Declaration (NLD), a contemporary manifesto for the landscape architecture discipline presented at the Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, June 2016. ASLA was a supporting organization of the event where 32 landscape architects from around the world presented their personal declarations. ASLA chapters around the country have watched a 20-minute documentary about the Summit and engaged in their own discussions about realizing landscape architecture’s potential for solving the defining issues of our time: climate change, species extinction, rapid urbanization, and inequity. A video presentation of the Summit will be followed by a discussion with Central States attendees.


Stephanie Rolley, President Elect – Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington DC

Stephanie Rolley is President Elect of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and Co-Authored the New Landscape Declaration.

Visualizing possibilities, whether in community designs, scholarship or organizational change has shaped Stephanie Rolley’s work. She works across scales and boundaries seeking new opportunities to make connections between people and ideas that can shape places and thinking. Practice in architecture, planning and urban design offices in Boston, Dallas and San Antonio framed her early professional experience. Her education includes a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State, a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completion of the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Stephanie’s commitment to enhancing professional planning and design education includes service on the Landscape Architecture Magazine Editorial Committee and leadership of the ASLA Council on Education and the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. She received the national ASLA Outstanding Service Award in 2015. Stephanie is a Fellow of the ASLA and of the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture (CELA). She has been honored with the K-State Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head and the CELA Outstanding Administrator Award. Named one of the 2016-2017 25 Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence, she currently serves as the Landscape Architecture Foundation President Elect.


Barbara Deutsch, Chief Executive Officer – Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington DC

Barbara has a diverse background in both the private and not-for-profit sector. She brings ten years of award-winning marketing experience from IBM before making a career change to become a landscape architect. This experience was influential in the development of LAF’s Landscape Performance Series strategic research initiative. Prior to LAF, Barbara worked on re-greening cities from Hong Kong to Washington, DC.  She served most recently as an Associate Director for BioRegional’s OnePlanet Communities program in Washington, DC to deliver Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Livable communities.  In addition she served as Senior Director of Casey Trees where she led the 2002 Street Tree Inventory, Citizen Forester Program, and 1425 K Street Green Roof Demonstration Project. She was principal investigator for the award-winning EPA Grant “The Green Build-out Model:  Quantifying the Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, DC”, which has helped inform EPA’s proposed new stormwater ruling and the District of Columbia’s stormwater planning and programs.

Barbara earned a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

 

Designing Spaces in a World of GPS
[Session 1B – Thursday, April 12 | 8:45a – 9:45a | East Room]

GPS navigation has fundamentally changed the way we perceive and remember places. Dr. Brent Chamberlain and Mr. Conner Bruns (MLA Student) are studying the extent to which different design elements and infrastructure influence memory of place and one’s knowledge of the environment around them. Their study is a federally-funded project (Department of Defense) and based on robust experimental design using virtual reality technology.


Brent Chamberlain, Assistant Professor – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Brent Chamberlain joined K-State in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning. He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the Faculty of Forestry at UBC and holds Bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science from Pacific Lutheran University.

Dr. Chamberlain teaches Environmental Landscape Planning and Design. The course brings together landscape planning, ecology and ecosystem services-oriented theories in conjunction with geographic information science to address long-term spatial planning problems at the regional and/or watershed scales.

His research spans a variety of topics, focusing mainly on developing geospatial and geovisualization tools and information to conduct spatial science and improve spatial planning through more informed knowledge. His publications span a variety of topic areas, including: applied artificial intelligence techniques, environmental psychology, spatial planning, wastewater management, forest planning (and aesthetics), forest conservation mapping (Brazil), highway design and driver experience, and ecosystem service-oriented decision-making.


Conner Bruns, Graduate Research Assistant – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Conner is a 5th year Master of Landscape Architecture student at Kansas State University and passionate about the art of creative placemaking through landscape architecture. In his educational endeavors, he has worked on a number of projects focusing on artful stormwater management through green infrastructure and low impact development. Among over 60 teams that participated nationally, Conner was part of a team awarded first place in the EPA’s premier green infrastructure design competition for students, the 2016 Campus Rainworks Challenge. His previous professional experience includes two internships, with the most recent being a 3 month summer internship with Kimley-Horn, in which Conner focused heavily on site design in a multidisciplinary office and rapidly growing market. Additionally, Conner worked a 9 month internship with 40NORTH, a Kansas City based landscape architecture firm with a diverse portfolio ranging from luxury resorts to master planned rural communities. Among the projects he worked on at 40NORTH, the most exciting was The Royal Atlantis, soon to be one of the world’s most renowned luxury resorts on the Palm Island Jumeirah in Dubai. Expounding on his Emerging Professional experiences, Conner looks forward to a long and rewarding career of designing equitable, sustainable, and resilient landscapes.

 

Stormwater
[Session 2A – Thursday, April 12 | 10:00a – 11:00a | West Room]


Steven Polk, Founding Principal – Stormwater STL, St. Louis, MO

Steven Polk brings more than 40 years of experience in zoning, site engineering, and permitting to Forester University. As the Founding Member of Stormwater STL LLC, Polk focuses on the implementation of the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Phase II regulations. In doing so, he has immersed himself in the design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of stormwater management facilities (i.e. BMPs) throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. His involvement with both routine post-construction inspections and BMP maintenance helps customers remain in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Stormwater STL also protects landowners and property managers by advising during due diligence on design and construction alternatives, presenting BMP life cycle cost data for maintenance-friendly stormwater management facilities and providing construction inspections for BMP facilities. Polk is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an EMBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

 

Virtual Konza Prairie
[Session 2B – Thursday, April 12 | 10:00a – 11:00a | East Room]

An advanced landscape architecture studio at Kansas State University, led by professors Brent Chamberlain and Howard Hahn, is developing a virtual Konza prairie using a state-of-the-art gaming engine. The prototype will provide a 4D immersive experience aimed towards educating users about prairie ecology and management activities. The technology and process being developed is broadly applicable toward the design profession because it provides a unique platform for communication with clients and stakeholders.


Brent Chamberlain, Assistant Professor – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Brent Chamberlain joined K-State in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning. He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the Faculty of Forestry at UBC and holds Bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science from Pacific Lutheran University.

Dr. Chamberlain teaches Environmental Landscape Planning and Design. The course brings together landscape planning, ecology and ecosystem services-oriented theories in conjunction with geographic information science to address long-term spatial planning problems at the regional and/or watershed scales.

His research spans a variety of topics, focusing mainly on developing geospatial and geovisualization tools and information to conduct spatial science and improve spatial planning through more informed knowledge. His publications span a variety of topic areas, including: applied artificial intelligence techniques, environmental psychology, spatial planning, wastewater management, forest planning (and aesthetics), forest conservation mapping (Brazil), highway design and driver experience, and ecosystem service-oriented decision-making.


Howard Hahn, Associate Professor – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Associate Professor Howard Hahn teaches in the Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University. His teaching centers on design implementation, community planning and design, and technology courses. Research interests reside in the areas of conservation communities, reducing development impacts through optimization modeling, and advanced computer visualization techniques. Prior to teaching, he spent over twenty years in the private sector primarily working in the areas of visual simulation and visual assessments for new communities, transportation planning, and various infrastructure/utility projects throughout the western United States.

 

 

 

Do Electronic Trees Dream of Photosynthesis?
[Keynote Luncheon – Thursday, April 12 | 11:15a – 1:15a | Count Basie EXPO]

Throughout history, built landscapes have evoked powerful responses in the minds of people. In this presentation, Chip Sullivan will explore the role of innovative technologies and immersive techniques for placemaking in the public realm, and pose the question, how can a designer engage visitors at a deeply personal level, and activate the transformative powers of observation for innovative placemaking?



Chip Sullivan 
Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design – UC Berkley, Berkley CA

Chip Sullivan is a landscape architect and artist who maintains a lifelong commitment to the exploration of the garden as a sustainable environment. He devotes his career to promoting landscape architecture as an art form. Chip has expounded on the meaning and perception of landscape through innovative forms of pedagogy, representational techniques, and writing. The philosophy and application of sustainable design, through art and ecology, has been a constant topic lectured upon throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. His graphic work, illustrating the balance between humans and nature, has been exhibited in galleries throughout the world. Chip’s site specific environmental installations incorporate optical devices such as the Claude Mirror, Spectra Scope and Camera Obscura to heighten the observer’s perception and insight of landscape.

 

Chip is the book author of the 2016 University of Virginia Press publication of “Cartooning the Landscape” which won the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies. Co-authored with Joe Slusky, “The Impulse to Draw; Empowering Imagination for the Electronic Age,” is a manifesto on creativity, imagination and drawing (Norfolk Press, 2014). His book “Drawing the Landscape,” is a popular treatise on drawing and the creative process which is now in its 4th edition (2013). Inspired by the graphic novel concept “Illustrated History of Landscape Design” (co-authored with Elizabeth Boults, 2010) uses storyboards, visual narratives and illustrative timelines to illuminate the history of landscape architecture. Chip’s illustrated and awarded 2002 book “Garden and Climate” is a detailed analysis of the history of energy conserving landscape design. His recent 2014 show of graphics; Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings and Related Antics, was at the Richmond Art Center. From 2006 thru 2011 Chip produced a series of comics for Landscape Architecture Magazine titled “Creative Learning.” The series focused on the creative process and the history of landscape representation and was exhibited at Clemson University. In addition to numerous awards and fellowships Chip is also the subject of a documentary titled “The Professor.” It is part of a series of films on creativity by Emmy award winning director Allan Holzman.

 

MetroGreen and Partnerships
[Session 3A – Thursday, April 12 | 1:30p – 3:00p | West Room]

The 1991 ASLA National Meeting was held in Kansas City. Over the following 10 years, as a gift to the region, PGASLA created the MetroGreen plan as a Community Assistance Team Project. MetroGreen includes alternative transportation options that connect parks, historic, cultural, and other activity centers throughout the metro area. Through unifying the seven regional counties in one plan, a system has been created where partnerships are fostered and important transportation connections are made. The panelists represent key players who have supported and worked to implement MetroGreen. Learn how a plan originally created by landscape architects has served to unify and improve the Kansas City metro area. Hear how specific partnerships have led to the implementation of hundreds of miles of shared use paths and bikeways.

Brian Nowotny, Deputy Director of Parks Operations – Jackson County Parks and Recreation, Jackson County, MO

Jackson County’s award winning parks system is the third largest county parks system in the nation covering over 20,000 acres of parkland and over 100 miles of trails.  With a background in landscape architecture, Brian oversees operations, planning and park development for the county’s 690,000 residents.  Originally from Dallas, Texas, Brian has lived in the Kansas City area since 2001 and previously served as the Parks and Recreation Director for Platte County, Missouri.

 

 


Jeff Stewart, Deputy Director – Johnson County Parks and Recreation, Johnson County, KS

Stephanie Rolley, Professor and Department Head, Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Visualizing possibilities, whether in community designs, scholarship or organizational change has shaped Stephanie Rolley’s work. She works across scales and boundaries seeking new opportunities to make connections between people and ideas that can shape places and thinking. Practice in architecture, planning and urban design offices in Boston, Dallas and San Antonio framed her early professional experience. Her education includes a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State, a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completion of the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Stephanie’s commitment to enhancing professional planning and design education includes service on the Landscape Architecture Magazine Editorial Committee and leadership of the ASLA Council on Education and the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. She received the national ASLA Outstanding Service Award in 2015. Stephanie is a Fellow of the ASLA and of the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture (CELA). She has been honored with the K-State Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head and the CELA Outstanding Administrator Award. Named one of the 2016-2017 25 Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence, she currently serves as the Landscape Architecture Foundation President Elect.


Mark McHenry, Director – Kansas City Parks and Rec, Kansas City, MO

Mark McHenry is currently the Director of the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation Department, appointed in 2003, becoming the 7th Director in the 125 year history of the Department. Mark has over 40 years of experience in the Parks and Recreation profession serving in various capacities.

Mark holds a Parks Management Degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Public Administration degree from UMKC. He completed studies in the Graduate Program for Senior Executives from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Executive Development Program, at Indiana University.

Mark was inducted into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in 2004, currently serves on the Board of Directors and is currently serving as the President of the Academy. McHenry is a nationally recognized industry leader and a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional. He has been a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association since 1984 and presently serves on the Public Policy Committee. Mark has been a member of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association since 1984 and has held the position of President in 2009 and presently chairs the Legislative Committee. He is past President of the Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute and past President of the American Society of Public Administration, Kansas City Chapter.

Mark’s professional awards include the American Society of Public Administration, L.P. Cookingham Award and the Crisis Management Award; the Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute Diamond and Sapphire Awards; and the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association.

Mark received the Rich Noll Excellence in Governance Award, Jay Dillingham Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Northland Neighborhoods Inc. and most recently he received the Clay County EDC Look North Award and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Kansas City Rose Society.

Mark McHenry Community Boards and Affiliations include; President of the Foxwood Homes Association; Vice President of the Shoal Creek Valley Homes Association and Past President of the Old Pike Country Club.

Mr. McHenry’s professional boards include: National World War One Museum at Liberty Memorial, Starlight Theatre Association, Friends of the Zoo and the Kansas City Zoo – Tax Commission. Mark’s community involvement includes the Mid-America Regional Council, the Heart of American United Way, Ronald McDonald House Charities, First Tee of Greater Kansas City Junior Golf Foundation and the Kansas City TIF Commission.

His wife Debra recently chaired the Special Service Department at North Kansas City High school. Mark has a daughter Erin, son Ryan and two grandchildren, Malcolm Conrad and Edythe Veloria. In Mark McHenry’s spare time he supports various charity organizations by participating in various bike rides and corporate challenges and he also love dogs.

 

Public Art in Kansas City: Process, Players and Placemaking
[Session 3B – Thursday, April 12 | 1:30p – 3:00p | East Room]

Public art and encouraging performance art are key components of creating vibrant places for people to live, work and play.  Kansas City has several programs and organizations that are leading these efforts.  Learn how art is making a difference in the Kansas City landscape and the processes behind its creation.  Through the eyes of key players in this process, case study examples will be shared on creating unique and dynamic spaces with artist partnerships.


Ann Holliday, Director of Arts Initiatives –  Downtown Council; and Program Director – Art in the Loop Foundation, Kansas City, MO

Ann Holliday has worked for the Downtown Council for over twenty years. Currently, Holliday focuses on arts initiatives for the Downtown Council. Holliday manages and directs administration of the Art in the Loop Foundation whose goal is to engage artists in the redevelopment of Downtown Kansas City.  Holliday has a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Art History from Bowdoin College, a Master of Planning and Historic Preservation degree from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, with a Finance emphasis.


Todd Stein, President and CEO – Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO

Todd Stein joined M-AAA as chief operating officer in January 2013 to ensure the day-to-day implementation of programmatic and administrative organizational goals. Todd’s career in the arts field has been diverse and substantial. He brings 20 years of experience in strategic planning, program development, finance, and relationship management to his position. Previously he served for eight years as deputy director and COO of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Prior to his tenure at the Kemper Museum, Todd served as director of finance and administration for M-AAA from 1996−2004. He is a board member of the Crossroads Community Association, the Kansas City Arts Industry Sector Council, and the Advisory Council for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City.

Elizabeth Bowman, Director, Kansas City Municipal Art Commission, Kansas City, MO

Janet Simpson, Executive Director, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO

Laura Nugent, Artist & Board President – Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO

Laura Nugent is a full time, self-employed artist who has been living and working in the Kansas City area since 2004. She received a BFA in painting in 1992 from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has since traveled widely to exhibit at select art fairs and gallery exhibitions. Laura has received numerous awards for her work, including the Raymond James Gasparilla Best of Show, one of the top juried show awards in the US. In Kansas City, Laura is represented by Weinberger Fine Art in the Crossroads Arts District. She also has gallery partnerships in Nashville, Oklahoma City and Scottsdale. Corporate collectors of Laura’s paintings include Hallmark Art Collection, Black and Veatch, Coldwell Banker, Pinnacle Bank, San Antonio’s Grand Hyatt and the Four Seasons in Chicago. Laura currently serves as board president and frequent volunteer at the Kansas City Artists Coalition. Read more about Laura and view her work at www.lauranugent.com.

 

Sketch Crawl
[Session 3C – Thursday, April 12 | 1:30p – 4:45p | depart from Marriott Lobby]

The potential of the field sketchbook as an aid to the creative process is unlimited, whether used as a travel journal, diary, sketchbook, or for watercolor painting and visual notetaking.  The sketchbook is a sanctuary for intuition, exploration and invention. Chip Sullivan will lead participants on a sketch-crawl through the urban environment of downtown Kansas City and explain how one can use drawing to create one’s own personal haven for creativity and exploration. At specific locations Chip will provide on-site drawing tips. Sketchbooks will be provided to participants, and we will display the books at the end of the tour. Bring your favorite drawing tools!

The Sketch Crawl is a 2-session long time slot between 1:30p and 4:45p that incurs an additional ticketed $50 cost to conference fee at registration.

Chip Sullivan Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design – UC Berkley, Berkley CA

Chip Sullivan is a landscape architect and artist who maintains a lifelong commitment to the exploration of the garden as a sustainable environment. He devotes his career to promoting landscape architecture as an art form. Chip has expounded on the meaning and perception of landscape through innovative forms of pedagogy, representational techniques, and writing. The philosophy and application of sustainable design, through art and ecology, has been a constant topic lectured upon throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. His graphic work, illustrating the balance between humans and nature, has been exhibited in galleries throughout the world. Chip’s site specific environmental installations incorporate optical devices such as the Claude Mirror, Spectra Scope and Camera Obscura to heighten the observer’s perception and insight of landscape.

 

Chip is the book author of the 2016 University of Virginia Press publication of “Cartooning the Landscape” which won the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies. Co-authored with Joe Slusky, “The Impulse to Draw; Empowering Imagination for the Electronic Age,” is a manifesto on creativity, imagination and drawing (Norfolk Press, 2014). His book “Drawing the Landscape,” is a popular treatise on drawing and the creative process which is now in its 4th edition (2013). Inspired by the graphic novel concept “Illustrated History of Landscape Design” (co-authored with Elizabeth Boults, 2010) uses storyboards, visual narratives and illustrative timelines to illuminate the history of landscape architecture. Chip’s illustrated and awarded 2002 book “Garden and Climate” is a detailed analysis of the history of energy conserving landscape design. His recent 2014 show of graphics; Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings and Related Antics, was at the Richmond Art Center. From 2006 thru 2011 Chip produced a series of comics for Landscape Architecture Magazine titled “Creative Learning.” The series focused on the creative process and the history of landscape representation and was exhibited at Clemson University. In addition to numerous awards and fellowships Chip is also the subject of a documentary titled “The Professor.” It is part of a series of films on creativity by Emmy award winning director Allan Holzman.

 

Kanas City Parks and Boulevards
[Session 4A – Thursday, April 12 | 3:15p – 4:45p | West Room]

Mark McHenry, Director – Kansas City Parks and Recreation, Kansas City, MO

Mark McHenry is currently the Director of the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation Department, appointed in 2003, becoming the 7th Director in the 125 year history of the Department. Mark has over 40 years of experience in the Parks and Recreation profession serving in various capacities.

Mark holds a Parks Management Degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Public Administration degree from UMKC. He completed studies in the Graduate Program for Senior Executives from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Executive Development Program, at Indiana University.

Mark was inducted into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in 2004, currently serves on the Board of Directors and is currently serving as the President of the Academy. McHenry is a nationally recognized industry leader and a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional. He has been a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association since 1984 and presently serves on the Public Policy Committee. Mark has been a member of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association since 1984 and has held the position of President in 2009 and presently chairs the Legislative Committee. He is past President of the Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute and past President of the American Society of Public Administration, Kansas City Chapter.

Mark’s professional awards include the American Society of Public Administration, L.P. Cookingham Award and the Crisis Management Award; the Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute Diamond and Sapphire Awards; and the Distinguished Fellow Award from the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association.

Mark received the Rich Noll Excellence in Governance Award, Jay Dillingham Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Northland Neighborhoods Inc. and most recently he received the Clay County EDC Look North Award and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Kansas City Rose Society.

Mark McHenry Community Boards and Affiliations include; President of the Foxwood Homes Association; Vice President of the Shoal Creek Valley Homes Association and Past President of the Old Pike Country Club.

Mr. McHenry’s professional boards include: National World War One Museum at Liberty Memorial, Starlight Theatre Association, Friends of the Zoo and the Kansas City Zoo – Tax Commission. Mark’s community involvement includes the Mid-America Regional Council, the Heart of American United Way, Ronald McDonald House Charities, First Tee of Greater Kansas City Junior Golf Foundation and the Kansas City TIF Commission.

His wife Debra recently chaired the Special Service Department at North Kansas City High school. Mark has a daughter Erin, son Ryan and two grandchildren, Malcolm Conrad and Edythe Veloria. In Mark McHenry’s spare time he supports various charity organizations by participating in various bike rides and corporate challenges and he also love dogs.

Cydney Millstein, Founder & Principal – Architectural & Historical Research, llc, Kansas City, MO

As an architectural historian, Ms. Millstein specializes in the preparation of National Register of Historic Places Nominations, Cultural Resources Inventories, Historic Preservation Certification Applications, Historic Structures Reports for National Historic Sites, National Historic Landmark nominations, Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), Section 106 and 4(f) Review. Ms. Millstein has prepared numerous Cultural Historic Resource studies for both compliance-related projects and environmental documents (EISs and EAs). Working locally, regionally and nationally, Ms. Millstein has examined and documented buildings and industrial typologies for a variety of clients, both public and private.

Founder and principal of Architectural & Historical Research, LLC, in 1983, Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Millstein meets The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for architectural historians and is a certified 36CFR61. Ms. Millstein has experience in compiling historical survey analyses and documentation for restoration master plan studies. Her research and work on these projects has been instrumental in establishing parameters for restoration and rehabilitation, adaptive re-use and renovation. For these activities, The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties is used as basic guidelines.

Throughout her career, Ms. Millstein has published numerous articles, both locally and nationally, including CRM, Legacies and was a contributing writer for Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw-Hill, 2000). Her book Houses of Missouri: 1870-1940, co-authored with Dr. Carol Grove, was published by Acanthus Press in 2008. With Dr. Grove, Ms. Millstein is working on a new book about the career of landscape architects Hare and Hare to be published by the Library of American Landscape History, Amherst, MA, in 2018. Additionally, Ms. Millstein was a peer reviewer for the National Park Service in 2013.

Ms. Millstein holds an M. A. in Art History from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a B. A. in Art History from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. From 1997 to 2000, she was a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Association for Olmsted Parks. She served as president of the Missouri Valley Chapter— Society of Architectural Historians, Trustee of Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, and chair, Nominations Committee for the Society for Industrial Archeology. She is currently a member of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Society for Industrial Archeology.

Ms. Millstein is the recipient of several awards including two National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Awards; the David Coffin Grant (Princeton University), The Osmond Overby Award, Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation; The State Historical Society of Missouri Brownlee Award; the U. S. General Services Administration/Public Buildings Service Award and two Dr. George Ehrlich Achievement in Preservation Awards.

Travis Kiefer, Assistant Director of Engineering – Kansas City Parks and Recreation, Kansas City, MO

 

SITES: A Comprehensive Overview
[Session 4B – Thursday, April 12 | 3:15p – 4:45p | East Room]

The Sustainable SITES Initiative is a set of comprehensive, voluntary guidelines together with a rating system that assesses the sustainable design, construction, and maintenance of landscapes. It is used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policy-makers, and others to guide land design and development. The SITES v2 Rating System can apply to projects a various scales, with or without buildings. Project types include: open spaces, streetscapes, commercial and educational / institutional campuses, residential neighborhoods and yards, military, and more.


Linette Straus, Professiona Practice Manager – ASLA, New York, NY

Linette Straus, ASLA, ISA, SITES AP, is a Professional Practice Manager at ASLA. She develops programs, conducts presentations and manages the promotion of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES®) for ASLA in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Other responsibilities include promotion and services for ASLA on sustainability and green infrastructure as well project management of The Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project (Washington, DC) and Green, Complete Street Sourcebook. Linette holds a masters degree in landscape architecture.

 

 

 

Friday, April 13, 2018 Presentations

Rock Island Trail
[Session 5A – Friday, April 13 | 8:30a – 10:00a | West Room]

The Rock Island Corridor is a 17.7 mile railroad line acquired by Jackson County, Missouri and the KCATA in 2016. Long identified as the Kansas City region’s connection to the Katy Trail, the corridor is also being preserved for future multi-modal transit. Both agencies are partners in planning and implementing transit and trail-oriented development along the corridor.

Large, multi-jurisdictional projects such as these present challenges that necessitate a collaborative approach. Yet often, agencies find it difficult to balance their own needs with the needs of their partners, threatening the viability of these projects. How can agencies overcome these challenges to create value, opportunity and incredible places for those affected?

This session explores the partnership between Jackson County, the KCATA, three municipal governments, and the many stakeholders they represent and demonstrates how authentic engagement, iterative design, and sometimes difficult conversations helps to nurture partnerships and add value to public infrastructure projects.

Josh Boehm, Development Manager – Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority of Jackson County, MO

Josh Boehm has a background in urban design, land use policy, and transit-oriented development. Prior to joining the Rock Island team, he was an Urban Planner at BNIM, where his projects included the City’s Transit-Oriented Development Policy and the Phase 2 Streetcar / Light Rail Extension Plan. Josh has an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning & Design and Economics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.


Matt Davis, Program Coordinator – Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority of Jackson County, MO

Mat Davis is a Kansas City native with a passion for community development, active transportation and the outdoors. Matt’s varied background includes work in Community Engagement, Advocacy, Bike-Share, Commuter Alternatives, Healthy Food and Program Management. He holds a Political Science undergraduate degree from Rockhurst University and a Master of Public Administration from the Bloch School at UMKC.

 

Downtown Streetcar Starter Line: Impacts + What’s Next
[Session 5B – Friday, April 13 | 8:30a – 10:00a | East Room]

The 2016 re-establishment of streetcar service in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri has been truly transformative. From first time visitors to long term residents, the streetcar has heightened their ability to access nearby cultural, business and residential offerings; resulting in significant social and economic gains for the community. Hear perspectives from the streetcar authority’s leader, a city planning official, the head of the Downtown’s business council and a leading real estate professional about strategies used to get the streetcar line constructed. Learn how streetscape improvements and development policies in place when streetcar service was launched have boosted its benefits to the community while stimulating immediate interest in the line’s expansion. Topics to be covered include garnering political support and federal funding, establishing transit oriented development policies, identifying the pros and cons of increased property value / rental rates, and positioning the community to attract new business along the streetcar line.


William Dietrich, President and CEO – Downtown Council of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Bill Dietrich has served as President and CEO of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri (DTC) since June 2002. Bill has played a leading role in implementing Downtown’s revitalization strategy. He has developed the DTC into an effective urban management group implementing a wide range of revitalization strategies. Initiatives under the DTC’s umbrella include the development and management of multiple Community Improvement Districts delivering $3 million annually of public space maintenance, landscaping, safety, development and marketing services.

The DTC is active in commercial and residential development initiatives, streetscape and infrastructure enhancements, marketing and promotional services, business recruitment, expansion and retention; it has established a Downtown Political Action Committee, and produces research and development information on Downtown.
The DTC has facilitated among other developments the restoration of the historic Central Library, the Kansas City Ballet’s, Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, developed a multi-service homeless day shelter, the Downtown Community Service Center, conducts land assemblage, provided organizational leadership in the development of the Downtown streetcar, and currently providing development support for the proposed Downtown YMCA and Crossroads Academy High School.

Bill also serves as the Chief Administrative Office of the Downtown Community Improvement District, the River Market Community Improvement District as well as the innovative start-up business grant competition, Launch KC and promotes cultural investment through the Art in the Loop Foundation. He serves on numerous Boards and other community organizations and task forces.

Bill received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College. Bill holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Business Administration in Managerial Leadership from City University, and the second, in Entrepreneurial Real Estate Development from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Bill hails from Seattle, Washington and has worked in economic and community development for more than 20 years.


Tom Gerend, Executive Director – Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Kansas City, MO

 

 

 

 


Gibson Kerr, Director – Cushman & Wakefield, Kansas City, MO

Professional Expertise
Gib Kerr serves as Director, Capital Markets in Kansas and Missouri, specializing in investment property sales. With over 30 years of commercial real estate experience, he has closed more than 250 transactions, including numerous landmark properties in Metropolitan Kansas City.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wake eld, Gib served as managing principal of Sperry Van Ness in Kansas City and as vice president of Tower Properties. Previously, Gib was a principal of Colliers Turley Martin/Kerr & Company and worked as an asset manager with Wachovia Bank in North Carolina overseeing a national portfolio of o ce and investment properties.

Major Transactions
• “Flashcube” Building, 210,000 SF, $45 million historic redevelopment
• The Union at Berkley Riverfront Park, site transaction for 410-unit, $67 million apartment development
• Power & Light Building: 285,000 SF, $67 million historic redevelopment
• Corrigan Building: 117,000 SF, $40 million historic redevelopment
• Argyle Building: 118,000 SF, $20 million historic redevelopment
• 95 Metcalf: 151,000 SF o ce/retail

Professional A liations
• Kansas City CCIM Chapter, Past President
• Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance, Board Member
• Urban Land Institute
• Certi ed Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
• Licensed Real Estate Person, Kansas and Missouri

Professional Recognition
• Urban Hero, Downtown Council, 2008
• Commercial Realtor of the Year, Kansas City, 2007
• 40 Under Forty, Ingram’s Business Magazine, 2000

Community Leadership
• Mercury Club, 2017 President
• Founder and past president of the Downtowners, a leading civic group in Kansas City’s urban core
• Past president of the Commercial Division of the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors
• Past chairman of the board for Children’s TLC, a leading provider of educational and therapeutic
services to developmentally disabled children in Kansas City.

Education
• University of Virginia, Master’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in real estate & nance
• Washington & Lee University, B.A. degree


Jeffrey Williams, Planning Director – City of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

 

 

 

 

 

KU Central District: The Changing Landscape of Project Delivery
[Session 6A – Friday, April 13 | 10:15a – 11:45a | West Room]

In 2014 KU completed updates to its campus master plan that included additional planning for the part of campus known as the Central District. An increase in “out-of-state” and international student enrollment at The University of Kansas coupled with a growing need for STEM programs has caused increased demand on student housing and put pressure on already outdated science facilities.

To address these pressures, KU embarked on a massive redevelopment of their central campus, a 45-acre $350,000,000 undertaking that completely changes the campus framework. The project introduces 280,000 sf of new science facilities, new student union, parking garage, over 1,200 new student beds, new central utility plan, parking, roads, and Jayhawk Trail that will link the entire campus from Northeast to Southwest.

To achieve this massive change, KU employed a P-3 delivery method, allowing the university to move forward in an accelerated and collaborative fashion and minimize inflating construction costs. The panel will discuss the P-3 process and its impact on the future of government projects and how landscape architects can play a key role on these developer-led project teams.

Terry Berkbuegler, Partner – Confluence, Kansas City, MO

Terry has a diverse background of over 25 years in landscape architecture, including campus planning and design, urban design and the design of parks and recreation facilities. He works with universities to implement master plans in a manner that balances the introduction of new facilities and modern student expectations with important traditions and historic places. He is a past president of the Prairie Gateway Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Terry is a Senior Vice President and Director of Personnel for Confluence, located in the Kansas City office since 2003.  Terry has designed numerous projects and The University of Kansas and most recently served as the Principal Landscape Architect for the KU Central District. H lead the development of the district master plan and coordinated the site design team as part of the P3 design-build collaborative effort.


Chris Martin, Project Executive – McCown Gordon, Kansas City, MO

Working in the construction industry is something Chris always knew would be the perfect fit for him.  A graduate from Kansas State University’s construction management program, he has been a catalyst to McCownGordon’s growth since his start with the firm more than 14 years ago. Today as project executive, Chris leads some of the most significant and complex facilities for McCownGordon with a focus on building relationships with his owners, delivering successful on-time projects, and doing it all with integrity. Leading the McCownGordon team for KU’s Central District Development public private partnership project, Chris has been critical to the project’s success, ensuring all client goals are achieved throughout the entirety of the process.

 


James Modig, University Architect – KU Design & Construction Management, Lawrence, KS

Jim Modig is the University Architect at the University of Kansas, Office of Facilities Planning and Development and a licensed architect in the State of Kansas. Nearly thirty nine of his forty five year career have been at the University of Kansas working with facilities planning, site development, project design and construction management. He has been Director of Design and Construction Management for 30 years and in 2011 was given the title of University Architect. His responsibilities cover the main campus in Lawrence, Kansas, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Yoder, Kansas consisting of over 1,000 acres and 9.4 million square feet of facilities. He has collaborated with the Kansas Associated General Contractors, American Institute of Architects and American Council of Engineering Companies to amend existing statutes and draft legislation.  The University has experienced over 3.8 million square feet of growth and over $1.6 billion in major construction projects in the last 27 years.  In January 2016 KU initiated contracts for $350 million development utilizing the Public, Private Partnership (P-3), which was viewed by some as a controversial approach to finance, design, build, operate and maintain new facilities. He is one of the KU Team that helped lead role in the implementation of the Central District transformational project.


Daniel Moylan, Development Manager – Edgemoor, Kansas City, MO

Dan is responsible for ongoing management and execution of Edgemoor projects, including project development, design, and construction. Dan serves as the project contact for client representatives, while managing third-party consultants and project partners, securing permits and entitlements, providing construction oversight, managing project finances, coordination of project turnover and move-in, as well as managing public relations and community outreach efforts.

Dan has extensive experience in all stages of development, from project planning and conceptualization to design, entitlements, and project construction.

 

MoDOT’s Road to Tomorrow + Hyperloop One
[Session 6B – Friday, April 13 | 10:15a – 11:45a | East Rooom]

The state of Missouri has signed a deal with Virgin Hyperloop One to investigate if it’s worth building a high-speed link between three of its biggest cities. A team of interested parties will examine the feasibility of constructing a route between Kansas City, Columbia and St Louis, parallel to I-70. That will include looking at the engineering challenges, as well as the potential economic benefits of such a route.

Michael DeMers, Division Director of Innovative Partnerships & Alternate Funding – Missouri Department of Transportation, Jefferson City, MO

Michael DeMers serves as the director of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).  In this role, DeMers oversees the department’s efforts to find new opportunities for transportation revenue generation and explore new ways to leverage emerging technologies.

Michael has been involved in Missouri’s Hyperloop project among other MoDOT initiatives, and he draws upon a decade of experience in multimodal transportation planning, research, and administration in both the public and private sectors.

DeMers joins MoDOT from Arizona, where he led the Arizona Department of Transportation’s automated and connected vehicle, freight and rail planning, and economic development efforts within the Multimodal Planning Division. His work involved innovation both at the level of corridor planning—including partnerships with U.S. and Mexican states for intelligent transportation systems strategies—to field operational testing of new technologies. He has managed research partnership efforts in Arizona with universities and private sector peers. In leading ADOT’s State Freight Plan and State Rail Plan, he also managed Arizona’s Freight Advisory Committee.

He has also served as a consultant in the New York City office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, where his projects served clients ranging from state DOTs, port and transit authorities, and USDOT modal administrations.

 

[Keynote ASLA Central States Awards Luncheon – Friday, April 13 | noon – 2:15p | Count Basie EXPO]


Ashley Z. Hand, Co-Founder – CityFi, Los Angeles, CA

AIA, LEED AP BD+C is co-founder of the urban change management advisory firm CityFi, advising cities and the private sector on a more human-centered approach to smart cities. Previously, Ashley served as the Transportation Technology Strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation where she developed public policy, an action plan and pilot program recommendations for shared mobility and autonomous vehicle technologies. Prior to her work in LA, Ashley served as the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the first female municipal CIO in the nation, creating the most comprehensive smart city in North America among other civic innovation projects. Ashley is a registered architect and green building professional having worked for AECOM and Eric Owen Moss Architects. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21/T-SET University Transportation Center and Open Architecture Collaborative and is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy.

 

[Session 7A – Friday, April 13 | 2:30p – 3:30p | West Room]

details coming soon

 

Powell Gardens
[Session 7B – Friday, April 13 | 2:30p – 3:30p | East Room]

Kunso Kim, Vice President of Gardens – Powell Gardens, Kingsville, MO

 

Friday, April 13, ASLA Prairie Gateway Awards Gala

Organizational News
[National ASLA Update]


Shawn Kelly, ALSA President Elect & Principal – Kelly Design Group, Williams Bay, WI

Shawn T. Kelly, FASLA is married with three grown children. He was born in Colorado, grew up in Arizona, and was originally licensed as a Landscape Architect in California. He is currently licensed in Wisconsin.

Shawn is the Principal of Kelly Design Group, LLC, a Landscape Architecture firm located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. KDG produces full service, concept-to-construction drawings for a variety of project scales and scopes. All projects include stormwater management, with an edge toward water harvesting, water quality improvement, and place-based design.

Shawn is also a full-time member of the Faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the Department of Landscape Architecture, where he has taught the core courses in the accredited Bachelors program for 21 years. At the university, Shawn is also the director of the Center for Sustainable Design, which he created and manages. Shawn has been recognized by the students as a valued educator and lifelong mentor.

Shawn has been honored to be a prolific speaker at a host of education opportunities for professional development hours, at multiple states’ ASLA meetings, and at related profession’s annual meetings. The topics of his talks range from sustainable practice, resilient landscapes, stormwater harvesting, to cultural specificity, transdisciplinary action research, transformational learning theory in design, and the ethical practice of Landscape Architecture.

Shawn’s service to the profession includes: October of 2016, representing ASLA at the United Nation’s Habitat III meeting in Quito, Ecuador; current representative to IFLA for ASLA; ASLA representative to the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation at the Congress on Western Water in 2015; invited by the White House to speak with the President’s Commission on Environmental Resilience; ASLA Vice President of Membership; two term Trustee from Wisconsin; author of the Wisconsin Practice Act for Landscape Architects; Wisconsin Chapter President; and Secretary to the Wisconsin Chapter of ASLA.

In 2015 Shawn received the National ASLA Advocacy Leadership Award.

In 2010 Shawn was invested as a Fellow of the ASLA in the category of Knowledge.

Shawn has received three National Achievement Awards from National ASLA, and three Achievement Awards from Wisconsin ASLA.

Spirits of Place:  Art, Nature, Consciousness
[Keynote PGASLA Awards Presentation]

Chip Sullivan’s ecological narrative charts a map to a world of wonder, imagination, and mystery. For decades, Chip has expounded on the meaning and perception of landscape through his innovative pedagogy, representational techniques, and writing. In this presentation, Chip will share with the audience tools to help them envision a metaphysical partnership with the landscape and activate the power of the genius loci to create positive environmental change in the context of the public realm.


Chip Sullivan Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design – UC Berkley, Berkley CA

Chip Sullivan is a landscape architect and artist who maintains a lifelong commitment to the exploration of the garden as a sustainable environment. He devotes his career to promoting landscape architecture as an art form. Chip has expounded on the meaning and perception of landscape through innovative forms of pedagogy, representational techniques, and writing. The philosophy and application of sustainable design, through art and ecology, has been a constant topic lectured upon throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. His graphic work, illustrating the balance between humans and nature, has been exhibited in galleries throughout the world. Chip’s site specific environmental installations incorporate optical devices such as the Claude Mirror, Spectra Scope and Camera Obscura to heighten the observer’s perception and insight of landscape.

 

Chip is the book author of the 2016 University of Virginia Press publication of “Cartooning the Landscape” which won the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies. Co-authored with Joe Slusky, “The Impulse to Draw; Empowering Imagination for the Electronic Age,” is a manifesto on creativity, imagination and drawing (Norfolk Press, 2014). His book “Drawing the Landscape,” is a popular treatise on drawing and the creative process which is now in its 4th edition (2013). Inspired by the graphic novel concept “Illustrated History of Landscape Design” (co-authored with Elizabeth Boults, 2010) uses storyboards, visual narratives and illustrative timelines to illuminate the history of landscape architecture. Chip’s illustrated and awarded 2002 book “Garden and Climate” is a detailed analysis of the history of energy conserving landscape design. His recent 2014 show of graphics; Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings and Related Antics, was at the Richmond Art Center. From 2006 thru 2011 Chip produced a series of comics for Landscape Architecture Magazine titled “Creative Learning.” The series focused on the creative process and the history of landscape representation and was exhibited at Clemson University. In addition to numerous awards and fellowships Chip is also the subject of a documentary titled “The Professor.” It is part of a series of films on creativity by Emmy award winning director Allan Holzman.

 

 

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