2018 Speaker Archives

Terry Berkbuegler, Partner – Confluence, Kansas City, MO
Josh Boehm, Development Manager – Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority, Jackson County, MO
Eric Bosch, City Architect – City of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Conner Bruns, Graduate Research Assistant – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Brent Chamberlain, Assistant Professor – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Matt Davis, Program Coordinator – Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority, Jackson County, MO
Barbara Deutsch, Chief Executive Officer – Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington DC
William Dietrich, President and CEO – Downtown Council of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Alessandra Galletti, Vice President – Project for Public Spaces, New York City, NY
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
Sly James, Mayor – City of Kansas City, Kanas City, MO

Shawn Kelly, ASLA President Elect & Principal – Kelly Design Group, Williams Bay, WI
Karen Kerkhoff, Supervisor – Overland Park Arboretum, Overland Park, KS

Gibson Kerr, Director – Cushman & Wakefield, Kansas City, MO
Travis Kiefer, Assistant Director of Engineering – Kansas City Parks and Recreation, Kansas City, MO
Bill Maasen, Superintendent of Parks & Golf Courses, Johnson County Parks & Recreation District, Johnson County, KS
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
Priti Patel, Senior Designer – Projects for Public Spaces, New York City, NY
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
Linette Straus, Professiona Practice Manager – ASLA, New York, NY
Chip Sullivan, Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design – UC Berkley, Berkley CA
Drew Thompson, Director – Black & Veatch, Overland Park, KS

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

 

Wednesday, April 11

Welcome Address from KC Mayor Sly James
[Welcome Reception – Wednesday, April 11 | 6p – 9p | Boulevard Brewery]

Join us for fun, food comaraderie and celebration at our Wednesday evening Welcome Reception at Boulevard Brewery.  Enjoy skyline views, complimentary local Boulevard beer and Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que as we kick off the 2018 ASLA Central States Conference. And you’ll go home with your very own conference pint glass!

Sly James, Mayor – City of Kansas City, Kanas City, MO

Mayor Sly James was sworn in as the 56th Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri on March 22, 2011. Since taking office, he has focused his efforts towards making Kansas City best in four key areas: Education, Employment, Efficiency, and Enforcement.  This ‘4 E agenda’ is the driving force behind all of Mayor James’ major policy decisions.

Mayor James’ first major accomplishment upon taking office was the creation of Turn the Page KC (TTPKC), now an independently operating 501c3 organization, dedicated to mobilizing the community to achieve reading proficiency at grade level or above for all 3rd graders in Kansas City, Missouri.  To further prioritize his commitment to education in Kansas City, Mayor James hired the City’s first education advisor in December 2013, Julie Holland.  Since that time, Mayor James has convened a number of community stakeholder meetings focused on elevating and discussing issues such as the 30 million word gap, school attendance, and student mobility.  In recognition of his work to enhance educational opportunities in Kansas City, Mayor James has been invited to the White House to participate in discussions with President Obama on how cities can continue moving forward on education.  In his first term, Mayor James visited a total of 90different classrooms across the city, reading and interacting with our City’s most valuable resource: our students.  Mayor James also serves on the US Conference of Mayor’s Education Task Force.

Mayor James continues to focus on growing a prosperous and agile economy, retaining and building local talent while simultaneously attracting new talent from across the country.  Launch KC, a critical component of Mayor James’ economic development plan, continues to make progress and receive attention in both the local and national tech space.  Additionally, after years of disinvestment, Mayor James has worked tirelessly during his time in office to revitalize the City’s neighborhoods East of Troost, including supporting the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy. In 2011, he appointed the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts to capitalize on major investments in the arts and to examine the public’s role in arts and culture.  During that same year, Mayor James worked alongside then-Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Joe Reardon to establish the Mayors’ Bistate Innovation Committee, to focus on how to best utilize the cutting-edge technology in GoogleFiber.

Under the leadership of Mayor James, Kansas City continues to stake its claim as a hub of innovation in the heartland.  KC Stat, a data-driven initiative focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of city services, is setting Kansas City apart as a city of technological advancement. During the Mayor’s tenure, Kansas City was selected as one of the first cities in the nation to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ ‘What Works Cities’, a  $42-million initiative to help communities nationwide enhance the use of data and evidence to improve the lives of residents. Kansas City was also named an IEEC Core Smart City and was selected as one of the first cities to pilot the Smart + Connected City framework, becoming the largest Smart City in North America.

Mayor James championed the construction of the 2.2 mile KC Streetcar in downtown Kansas City.  In March of 2014, the Mayor unveiled his Women’s Empowerment (WE) initiative to help city government work better for the women who work with it and work for it.

The Mayor’s enforcement strategy centers primarily on the efforts of the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (KC NoVA).  KC NoVA is a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office, Kansas City Police Department, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, ATF, FBI, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  This focused deterrence approach to crime reduction resulted in a 42-year-low of homicides in Kansas City in 2014. Mayor James is also a staunch support of Teens in Transition (TNT), KC NoVA’s teen violence prevention program.  The goal of Teens in Transition is to provide a safe, stable, and healthy environment for participants to gain appropriate life skills and to reduce the barriers that lead to their personal success, while decreasing their risk of committing a violent act.

Mayor James has worked extensively to raise Kansas City’s statewide and national profile by highlighting the myriad of cultural and human capital resources in our great city. At the state level, he has been an advocate for commonsense gun control laws, establishing an armed offender docket, a sensible increase of the minimum wage, and adding more high quality seats in our classrooms.  Mayor James currently serves in leadership positions in several national organizations including US Conference of Mayors, African American Mayors Association, National Democratic Mayors, and Urban Land Institute.

Mayor Sly James was born and raised in Kansas City on the city’s eastside.  He graduated from Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City in 1969.  After serving his country as a military police officer in the Marines from 1971-1975 in California, the Philippines, and Japan during the Vietnam War, Mayor James graduated cum laude from Rockhurst College with a B.A. in English.  He then went on to earn his law degree, also cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1983.  Prior to his election, Mayor James enjoyed a successful legal career which spanned almost three decades. Over the years, Mayor James has served on numerous boards and commissions in leadership positions including The Missouri Board of Law Examiners, President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Economic Development Corporation, Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, Jackson County Ethics Commission, Legal Aid of Kansas City, Jackson County Bar Association, Bishop Hogan High School Board, Genesis School Board, and The United Way.  Mayor James has been married to Licia Clifton-James since 1981 and is the proud father of four children.

Mayor James was re-elected to a second term on June 23, 2015 with 87% of the vote.

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018 Presentations

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

course provides 1 PDH and HSW

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.


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.


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.

 

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

course provides 1 PDH and HSW

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 Compliance – Who, Why, When, Where & What
[Session 2A – Thursday, April 12 | 10:00a – 11:00a | West Room]

course provides 1 PDH and HSW

One of the most expensive line items in a land development budget today can be stormwater management and compliance with the federal Clean Water Act and its NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) regulations. Not only is design and construction more expensive – but for the first time, property owners and their agents must address the new reality of the ongoing operating cost for inspections and maintenance of these stormwater treatment systems.

On April 12th, Steven W. Polk, P.E., will address the current state of these regulations and some of the unintended consequences that wind up costing customers money that their budget often cannot withstand. We will follow with a pictorial overview of some good and not so good design details. Finally, we will touch on some of the additional financial burdens that may be levied on owners in the future.


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]

course provides 1 PDH and HSW

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 – 1:15p | Count Basie EXPO]

speaker provides 1 PDH and HSW

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]

course provides 1.5s PDH and HSW

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.

 


Bill Maasen, Superintendent of Parks & Golf Courses, Johnson County Parks & Recreation District, Johnson County, KS

Bill is currently the Superintendent of Parks and Golf Courses for Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD), serving a population of over 560,000 and responsible for maintaining over 10,000 acres of park land with visitations that exceed 7,000,000. Included in the system are two golf courses, eight separate park areas, one horse boarding operation and numerous miles of multi-use trails. Bill has had this position since March 2008. Bill is responsible for an operating budget of approximately $4 million with 55 full time employees. Prior positions with JCPRD have been Land Acquisition Manager and Planning and Development Manager since being hired in 1987.

Bill received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Missouri – Columbia (1982), and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas (1998).

Bill is an active member of the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association, has served various capacities including as the President and the Chair of the Natural Resources Branch. Currently Bill serves as the President for the National Association of Counties Park & Recreation Officials (NACPRO), is a former NRPA Midwest Regional Council President and served two terms on the National Society for Park Resources (NSPR), a former branch of NRPA.


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.


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.

 

 


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.

 

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

course provides 1.5 PDHs and HSW

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.


Eric Bosch, City Architect & Public Art Administrator – City of Kansas City, Kansas City MO

Bosch, a registered architect, has more than 27 years of architectural, management and project management experience and has played an instrumental role in the successful planning, design, and construction of numerous buildings and facilities for the City. Bosch has been active as a member of the Oversight Committee Kansas City Convention Hotel, an adviser to the Municipal Art Commission and chair of the LEED Standards Committee. Bosch holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, BOMA, and KCTAA. Major Current Projects; Kansas City Museum Renovation, ADA KC Compliance Program, Fire Station 15, Kansas City Campus for Animal Care, Kansas City Sustainable Program.

 


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.


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.


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

Janet Simpson has been the Executive Director of the Kansas City Artists Coalition since 1989.

Under her leadership the KCAC has: — received the prestigious Warhol Initiative Award from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, — curated over 500 exhibitions in three galleries showcasing the work of 4,000 artists.– opened the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition, — produced three successful city-wide Open Studios art events with 650 participating artists, 100,000 studio visits and $350,000 in sales, — edited and published three books and numerous exhibition catalogs, — and improved professional development for visual artists.

Ms. Simpson has served on various committees and boards in her community, state and nation including the Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers And Accountants For The Arts Advisory Board (Current), ArtsKC Advisory Council (2016-2017), Alliance of Artists Communities Conference Committee (2012) TransCultural Exchange, Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts (2009, 2011), the Studios, Inc. Selection Panel, Avenue of the Arts Selection Committee; Foresight Fine Arts Studio Board of Directors, University of Missouri–Kansas City’s Urban Mission Task Force: Culture and Arts, Missouri Arts Council Organizational Development Working Committee; Kentucky Arts Council Arts Organizations Grant Panelist, Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission 1% for Art Panel; River Market Community Association Board of Directors; Missouri Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors; and the National Association of Artists’ Organizations Board of Directors.

Ms. Simpson attended the University of Kansas, BFA—Painting, and Ohio University, MFA— Painting. Ms. Simpson has taught at Johnson County Community College, Park University, and Kansas City Kansas Community College. She has also lectured at the University of Kansas.

 

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

course provides 3 PDHs

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]

course provides 1.5 PDHs and HSW

Director Mark McHenry will provide an overview of the Boulevard and Parkway System, from the perspective that only a person with 40+ years firsthand knowledge can provide.  Cydney Millstein will discuss the National Register listing of the “Kansas City Parks and Boulevards Historic District”. The initial network of parks and boulevards that established the nucleus for the city as a whole while guiding the design of the system that shaped Kansas City.  In Landscape Architecture, “The Kansas City Parks and Boulevards Historic District”, as a whole, is representative of the work of George Kessler and later the prominent Kansas City firm of Hare & Hare, combining the natural and formal styles in park and boulevard design.  Travis W. Kiefer, P.E. will discuss the technical aspects of the boulevard and parkway standards development.  He will address the significance of adopting the standards as an enforceable code.


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

Travis W. Kiefer, P.E., has been the Assistant Director responsible for the Engineering, Planning, Design, Facility Maintenance, and ADA compliance Divisions at KC Parks since 2011. During his 32 year career, Travis had worked for state and local government agencies, private consultants, private industries, and ran his own company for several years before coming to work for the City of Kansas City, Missouri in 2003. Born and raised in Missouri, Travis received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1986 from the University of Missouri at Rolla. He is a registered professional engineer licensed in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Travis was responsible for leading some of the Department’s largest projects in recent history including the Swope Soccer Village, the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy, and the adoption of the Boulevard and Parkway Standards.

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.

 

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

course provides 1.5 PDHs and HSW

The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES®) was born out of a need to define sustainable sites, measure their performance and to ultimately elevate the value of landscapes. This need drove the development of a systematic comprehensive set of guidelines and a rating system, that required third party verification in order to set a standard. This course will lay the foundation for SITES v2, provide an overview of the framework and certification process, dig into the prerequisites and credits, review the benefits of becoming a SITES AP and provide tips and resources to discuss SITES certification with prospective clients.


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]

course provides 1.5 PDHs and HSW

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]

course provides 1.5 PDHs and HSW

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

On June 16th, 2014, Tom Gerend was named the first Executive Director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA). He is currently leading the planning on streetcar expansion to the Missouri Riverfront and south to the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Prior to KCSA, Mr. Gerend worked for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) leading regional transportation planning, streetcar planning, and public transit coordination across the eight county bi-state Kansas City region.   While at MARC he led the region’s efforts to win the $50 million federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER I) Program grant, and secured critical funding to launch KC Streetcar’s initial planning.

Gerend earned his MBA from the University of Illinois and his undergraduate degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in Ames.

 


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 & Wakefield, 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

Jeffrey Williams has been the Director of City Planning and Development for Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) since March 2015. He leads a 130-member staff that guides the physical development of Kansas City, which covers 319 square miles and has a population of over 480,000. The department handles two functions: Planning Services – managing development policy, conducting research, crafting the long-term vision of the City, and administering the City’s zoning and land use approval boards along with Development Services – Reviewing plans, issuing permits and code enforcement.

Jeffrey has worked in the fields of urban design, historic preservation, and city planning for almost 30 years. Prior to joining the KCMO City Planning and Development Department, Jeffrey has served as the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the cities of Yonkers, New York and Mount Vernon, New York and was the Principal Historic Preservation Planner for Westchester County, New York. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree (with a focus on Art Education) from Pratt Institute and has held an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation since 1998.

Jeffrey is originally from Yonkers, New York and served as the president of the Yonkers Historical Society and Yonkers Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education chairperson. He became an advisory board member for the University of Missouri-Kansas City / Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design in 2016.

 

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

course provides 1.5 PDHs and HSW

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. He led 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.

 

Innovation in Transportation: Hyperloop, Autonomous Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, and Beyond
[Session 6B – Friday, April 13 | 10:15a – 11:45a | East Rooom]

course provides 1.5 PDHs and HSW

A number of technological advancements on the horizon are expected to impact the economic, social, environmental, and political dimensions of transportation in the Midwest and nationally. A panel of industry leaders will present and discuss various scenarios for implementation and their implications for commuters, businesses, and government.

Hyperloop: The University of Missouri has signed a deal with Virgin Hyperloop One to investigate the feasibility of constructing a high-speed link between Kansas City and Saint Louis. A team led by Black and Veatch will address corridor alignment, engineering challenges, power supply, and the potential economic benefits of the proposed facility. MoDOT has agreed to advise the project team of regulatory constraints and to provide intergovernmental coordination as needed, while also supplying data pertaining to travel demand and righ-of-way characteristics.

Autonomous vehicles: Multiple bills have advanced in the Missouri General Assembly this session which would introduce a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles in Missouri. Pilot activity in the Midwest has been somewhat limited, but there is much to consider and address from the perspective of government and private sector as this technology gathers momentum nationally.

Electric vehicles: It is estimated by some forecasts that by 2040, nearly 90 percent of new vehicle sales will be powered by hybrid or electric technologies. This transition will have major implications for transportation system funding—in that existing revenue sources are largely derived from the excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels—as well as grid capacity to deliver the energy to power these vehicles.

 


Drew Thompson, Director – Black & Veatch, Overland Park, KS

Drew is a Director of Black & Veatch Data Center / Mission Critical Facility Solutions. He has more than 25 years of experience in client management, facility design, project management and real estate portfolio management. Responsibilities include both client relationship management and project management for national and global companies needing to upgrade, enhance or build new data centers and mission critical facilities.

Some of Drew’s recent projects include: MO Hyperloop feasibility study, facility modifications to allow transit providers to plan their conversions to fully electric buses, the facility strategy and requirements for an electric vehicle fleet clients, and design reviews for indoor agriculture clients to evolve from concept to commercialization.

Drew has extensive experience providing strategic planning leadership and engineering as well as construction project management. He applies analytical and conceptual skills to develop creative problem-solving strategies for complex issues. He also has tactical implementation experience to convert the strategies into actions that yield positive results.

Prior to joining Black & Veatch, Drew held leadership roles at Sprint and Hallmark, where he was responsible for developing real estate portfolio strategies to maximize real estate assets of: data centers, network operations centers, call centers, office space, and retail stores.

 

The Public Realm in the Digital Age
[Keynote ASLA Central States Awards Luncheon – Friday, April 13 | noon – 2:15p | Count Basie EXPO]

speaker provides 1 PDH and HSW

Technology is advancing at a exponential rate,  far outpacing the ability for our cities and communities to adapt. As we maintain and build the public realm to serve generations to come, we must consider how we will shape a future that we want rather than allowing the technology to “happen to us.” As digital services and business models evolve, so too must our approach to policy, design, and urban systems problem-solving. Ashley will share future-proofing best practices and case studies of placemaking and partnerships in the public realm from across the country and globe for consideration.


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.

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

course provides 1 PDH and HSW

As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

With community-based participation at its center, an effective placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.

Unfortunately, the rigid planning processes of the 20th century have become so institutionalized that community stakeholders rarely have the chance to voice their own ideas and aspirations about the places they inhabit. Placemaking can break down those silos by showing planners, designers, and engineers the broad value of moving beyond the narrow focus of their own professions, disciplines and agendas.

Alessandra Galletti, Vice President – Project for Public Spaces, New York City, NY

Alessandra is a registered Landscape Architect with a broad range of experience in architectural and urban design, in both the public and private sectors, designing public spaces that work for people. Alessandra’s role at PPS is to integrate and support PPS’s approach of collaboration with communities, with the technical and design skills acquired from her many years practice and successful project implementation.

She worked as a consultant on a number of PPS’s projects from 2003 to 2007, helping PPS and their clients transitioning the vision and the concepts agreed upon in community workshops into drawings and sketches. This step gives a clear vision to the planning process and is necessary to achieve the realization of good public spaces. Alessandra joined PPS full-time in 2007 as Senior Associate at PPS and Director of Design. As Senior Associate at PPS and Director of Design, Alessandra directs PPS’s work on public spaces and Parks, and she is facilitating community workshops that engage the public in the planning process. Her projects have ranged from master plans for new town centers and adaptive reuse of industrial sites, to waterfront and urban park designs to public market districts.

While working for WRT, a leading Landscape Architectural firm, she developed the schematic design and Construction Documents for Queens Plaza Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project, Queens, NY (Wallace Roberts and Todd, Landscape Architects) . This project, recently completed, received a 2008 AIA NYC chapter merit award. This streetscape projects extends for 12 city blocks in Long Island City, Queens NY, and provides bicycle connection to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge, The project aims to improve the flow of traffic and enhance the pedestrian environment with new sidewalks, curbs, plantings, landscaped traffic medians, and improved lighting. It also includes the creation of a 1.5-acre open space with artist-designed benches and pavers, a bikeway, and a pedestrian walkway. Cost:$45 million. Alessandra specific role for this project was designer, and project liaison for the Schematic design, Design development, construction detail Phases.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute School of Architecture Brooklyn, New York, 1989
Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, Facolta’ degli Studi di Roma, Italy, 1982

Priti Patel, Senior Designer – Projects for Public Spaces, New York City, NY

As a key member of the design team, Priti works on a variety of parks, plazas, downtowns, waterfronts and streets. Her design experience has exposed her to a wide array of disciplines that integrate science, art, and creativity through placemaking. Her skills include using various community engagement tools to develop a place vision, and translating it into a concept and design. She joined PPS in 2007 as a project assistant for a new urban development in Dubai, UAE. Since then, she has worked on the design development of public spaces in a range of contexts. She has most recently been involved in the public engagement process for the re-imagination of public spaces in downtown Eugene, OR, Pershing Square in LA, the concept design and implementation of Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper efforts in Albuquerque, NM, the programming plans for Crystal City in Arlington, VA and the concept design of the grounds surrounding the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Ft. Worth, TX.

With a background in Landscape Architecture, Priti continues to address the sustainable redevelopment de-sign of downtowns and economic, cultural, ecological, and social growth of communities through placemaking.

Prior to joining PPS, Priti worked with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on capital projects for the city, assisting on site analyses, research, and drafting.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2007

 

Garden Rooms of the Overland Park Arboretum
[Session 7B – Friday, April 13 | 2:30p – 3:30p | East Room]

course provides 1 PDH and HSW

The Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has 13 gardens, with more planned.  Of the 13, 2 are shaded, 2 can be considered ‘mixed plantings’, one is a species collection and 2 are great destinations for kids.  It is a challenge to create and maintain uniqueness in each space.  Karen will discuss her strategies for maintaining these garden rooms, as well as how she utilizes the gardens for the many events that take place throughout the year.   She will also share plans for 2 new spaces.


Karen Kerkhoff, Supervisor – Overland Park Arboretum, Overland Park, KS

Karen has been with the City of Overland Park at the Arboretum since 2004.  In that time, the number of gardens have increased from 7 to 13, trails have gone from 3 miles to 4 and the prairie now covers 180 acres.  She has horticulture degrees from North Carolina State University and Virginia Polytechnic University.

 

 

 

 

Friday Evening, April 13 – ASLA Prairie Gateway Awards Gala

[Friday Evening, April 13 | 6:00p – 8:30p | Count Basie EXPO]
Organizational News
[National ASLA Update]


Shawn Kelly, ASLA 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]

speaker provides 1 PDH and HSW

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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