Thursday, April 4, 2019
Session 1a – CORTEX – How Site Planning and Landscape Development are Enhancing an Innovation Community
Session 1b – Forest Park:  the Civic Treasure of St. Louis
Session 2a – Chouteau Greenway:  Transforming St. Louis through Connectivity, Equity and Inspiring Experiences
Session 2b – The Power of Designing Streets for People – St. Louis Great Streets Initiative
Keynote Lunch – The City is a Landscape:  Kindness and the Space between Buildings
Session 3 – Gateway Arch National Park Tour + Recitation

Friday, April 5, 2019
Session 4a – ASLA Fellows Roundtable:  Connecting the Past and Present to the Future
Session 4b – Lessons Learned and Inspirations from the Indianapolis Cultural Trail
Session 5a – Landscape Architecture 2000 >> 2020 >> 2040
Session 5b – Strong Women Leadership in Landscape Architecture
Awards Keynote Lunch – The Value of Wisdom in Landscape Architecture
Session 6 – All Things “R”: Applying AR/VR/XR to Landscape Architecture and the Built Environment

 

Thursday April 4, 2019


CORTEX – How Site Planning and Landscape Development are Enhancing an Innovation Community
[Session 1a | 1.5 CEU/HSW | Thursday, April 4 | 8:30a – 10:00a | Lindell Ballroom North]

Strategic investment in innovation districts is creating vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods of leading edge science, technology, lifestyle, and social community that are evolving the next generation of our world.

Mixing elements of college campus, urban realm, public park, outdoor theater, soapbox and activity space, modern transit and mobility, blue infrastructure, and more – the integration of dynamic, connected and creative outdoor space is a critical piece of the calculus that is attracting tenants and driving occupancy and rental rates up.

The Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis is the Midwest’s largest innovation hub, generating thousands of jobs and more than $500 million in investment to date. Using the Cortex Innovation Community as a case study, this panel brings together a multi-faceted group to discuss the initial vision, current evolution, and aspirational future of the unique Cortex exterior environment.

 

Tim Gaidis, Principal – HOK, St. Louis

Tim Gaidis is a Principal and Senior Project Designer in HOK’s St. Louis office where he leads a broad range of projects including innovation districts, corporate headquarters, and science and technology. Tim has played an integral role in the design and delivery of masterplanning efforts and buildings in St. Louis’ Cortex Innovation Community. He’s led work in both the 4240 and 4220 Duncan buildings, as well as future development at Wexford’s Custom Steel Processing site. Tim has also been involved with the concept development of Rochester, Minnesota’s Discovery Square and Destination Medical Center and work at 3675 Market in Philadelphia’s uCity Square innovation district. He understands the complexities of the innovation community project type and the principles integral to its success – and his past experience as HOK St. Louis’ Sustainability Leader continue to inform critical aspects of this work as forward-thinking innovation community clients desire ecologically, commercially, and personally transcendent solutions for business, lifestyle, and planet.

 

Jessica LaBozzetta, Director – Innovation Hall, St. Louis, MO

Jessica LaBozzetta is the Director of Innovation Hall, a program of Venture Cafe St. Louis. She’s been creating environments for people to connect and celebrate since 2006, when she started planning non-profit special events at the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and then the Nine Network of Public Media. Most recently, she was responsible for opening and then creating weekly programming for the Cortex Commons, an outdoor park in the Cortex Innovation Community with the focus of bringing entrepreneurs out of their offices and connecting with each other. Now, she is focused on bringing to life the first civic innovation center in the midwest. When not working on these projects, you can definitely find her discussing every theming detail from Disney parks from around the world – she’s a huge fan.

 

Beth Letscher, Director – Cortex, St. Louis, MO

Beth Letscher is Director of Project Development for Cortex.  In this role she directs planning and construction initiatives for the 200 acre urban innovation district located in midtown St. Louis. Prior to this, Beth was Assistant Vice President for Real Estate and Community Development for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership where she led planning and implementation efforts for the St. Louis County Port Authority Community Reinvestment Plan. Beth also led the initial planning for the 39 North innovation district. Beth received a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Ted Spaid, PLA, FASLA, Partner & Co-Founder – SWT Design, St. Louis, MO

Known around the country for his knowledge of park planning, open space design, horticulture, environmental planning, and landscape maintenance best practices, Ted brings more than 35 years of experience to SWT Design and the profession of landscape architecture. He was a leader and practitioner in developing the Sustainable SITES rating system during its pilot phase in 2010, and subsequently led the design of two SITES certified projects. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Kansa State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design, and is an active community philanthropist.

Ted’s devotion to the profession of landscape architecture is evident in his attention to sustainability and environmental stewardship, creating outdoor spaces that span generations and educate on the importance of conservation. The firm’s diverse portfolio of projects, from higher education and healthcare, to parks, greenways and trails, share in the commonality that good design is a living, breathing thing.

Prior to co-founding SWT Design, Ted developed an impressive portfolio of public and private work with HOK. In 2012, Ted was awarded the Robert Goetz Award for this contribution to the profession of landscape architecture. He was elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows in 2018.

 

Mark Vogl, AICP, Project Manager – Great Rivers Greenway District, St. Louis, MO

Mark Vogl is a project manager for planning at Great Rivers Greenway where he collaborates with district staff to expand the River Ring, a planned 600-mile system of parks, trails and greenways that is connecting communities across the St. Louis region. With a background in landscape architecture and urban planning, Mark is responsible for overseeing the planning and design of greenway projects throughout Great Rivers Greenway’s three-county area. Prior to joining the district in 2013, Mark spent nearly twenty years with the HOK Planning Group and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. He studied Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University and received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.


Forest Park:  the Civic Treasure of St. Louis
[Session 1b |1.5 CEU/HSW | Thursday, April 4 | 8:30a – 10:00a | Lindell Ballroom South]

Forest Park, which is owned and operated by the City of St. Louis, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

Forest Park truly offers something for everyone, amazing destinations and institutions that challenge the mind, a dual path system that invites both leisurely walks and intense workouts, quiet places to picnic and read, and a variety of popular festivals and events, all set in the background of a city oasis, a place to escape it all.

In the middle of the last century, however, like many urban parks, Forest Park suffered from decades of underfunding. Deferred maintenance took its toll on much of the Park’s infrastructure and began to threaten the Park’s reputation as a civic gem.

As a response to the community’s desire to reverse the Park’s decline, Forest Park Forever was founded in 1986. Today the private nonprofit conservancy works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box. To continue the restoration efforts and to establish a significant endowment to fund annual maintenance efforts, Forest Park Forever raised an additional $139 million between 2013 and 2017.

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors.

This session will provide insight into the civic treasure of St. Louis, Forest Park, including the history, 1904 World’s Fair, the Master Plan, and the importance of Forest Park Forever in restoring and maintaining the park as one of the greatest urban parks in the country.

 

David Lenczycki, P.E., Director – Forest Park Forever, St. Louis, MO

David Lenczycki is the Director of Park Planning and Projects for Forest Park Forever (FPF) where he manages a $30 million Forest Park capital program for the non-profit organization in partnership with the City of Saint Louis. David helps lead the team of FPF, the City and the Forest Park Advisory Board members through the development, selection, design and construction of a variety of projects within the Park. David also in charge or launching and directing an asset management system for FPF and Forest Park and develops the multi-million budgets for annual major maintenance projects within Forest Park.

With over 20 years of engineering experience, David completed the $535 million reconstruction of the New I-64 Project, a ten-mile complete reconstruction of the I-64/US 40 roadway within Saint Louis City and County in 2010. David worked as a Design-Construction Coordinator on the project for HNTB Corporation, a top-10 nationally ranked transportation, engineering, planning and construction management firm. He was also actively involved working for the Missouri Department of Transportation as a client since the planning for the I-64 project began in year 2000.

David is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri since 2001. He moved to St. Louis in 1997. Prior to that, he was raised in Arizona and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University.

David enjoys most of all spending time with his beautiful and lovely wife, Julie, and four wonderful children at home that keep him very busy! His other hobbies include cheering for his kids at soccer games and dance recitals. Then if time allows, he catches up on a favorite TV show or plays a computer game or two with family.

 

John O’Gorman, Senior Vice President – Forest Park Forever, St. Louis, MO

John O’Gorman leads the ambitious fundraising operations for Forest Park Forever. Since joining Forest Park Forever in January 2012, O’Gorman has overseen the growth of the conservancy’s annual fundraising from $2.2 million to more than $3.2 million, as well as the successful completion of a $130 million capital and endowment campaign, the most ambitious in Forest Park history.

Prior to this role, O’Gorman was an executive with a national fundraising consultant firm. He served as counsel to civic, cultural, educational, healthcare and religious organizations throughout the Midwest and East Coast, managing transformational campaigns that raised more than $600 million for the firm’s clients. O’Gorman is a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and has served on its Programming board.


Chouteau Greenway:  Transforming St. Louis through connectivity, equity and inspiring experiences
[Session 2a – | 1.5 CEU/HSW | Thursday, April 4 | 10:30a – 12:00p | Lindell Ballroom North]

Chouteau Greenway is a planned open space, bicycle and pedestrian network in the heart of St. Louis linking Forest Park with Gateway Arch National Park. Originally envisioned in the late 1990s as a linear park, the concept has evolved to reach north and south into numerous city neighborhoods and additional connections to Fairground and Tower Grove Park. Chouteau Greenway will transform St. Louis by connecting the city’s most treasured places—vibrant neighborhoods, parks, business and arts districts, employment centers, transit hubs, and dozens of cultural and educational institutions—to create inspiring experiences and equitable opportunities for growth.

This project is being championed by Great Rivers Greenway (a three-county public park district) and is the latest addition to an expansive network of 16 greenway projects being built across the St. Louis region.

 

Shaughnessy Daniels, Community Engagement Manager – Great Rivers Greenway District, St. Louis, MO

Shaughnessy Daniels is the Community Engagement Manager at Great Rivers Greenway where she leads the agency’s efforts to gather critical input to guide planning and implementation for greenway projects. Shaughnessy’s career has been focused on strengthening communities and the people that live within them. She has a long history and broad range of experience in non-profit development, community and capacity and local civic efforts. Prior to joining Great Rivers Greenway Shaughnessy served as Vice President of Community Supports at St. Louis Arc, a local non-profit that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Vice President at Urban Strategies Inc., a national non-profit that provide social and economic supports families affected by broad-scale community redevelopment. Shaughnessy also served as Assistant to the President at St. Louis 2004, a citizen-based initiative to launch major regional revitalization projects. Shaughnessy is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she earned a B.A. in communications. She also holds a graduate certificate in Organizational Leadership from Saint Louis University.

 

Neil Eisenberger, Associate Principal – Bates Forum, St. Louis, MO

Neil Eisenberger is an award winning registered Landscape Architect who has more than 25 years of professional experience leading, and delivering on a variety of project scales. Neil has designed and implemented projects on 5 continents and worked in more than 17 countries around the globe, projects such as, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, Capital Market Authority Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, KHED Special Economic Zone in Pune, India, Exxon Mobil Headquarters and Olympia Community in Sakhalin Island, Russia, and Villagio II in Accra, Ghana.

As an Associate Principal and Senior Project Manager at BatesForum in St. Louis Neil has taken that global knowledge and applied it locally by solving critical design issues in the St. Louis Region. Recently Neil and the team from Bates Forum led the planning and urban design effort for the new St. Louis North Riverfront Redevelopment and Open Space Plan, a site that is directly north of the Arch Grounds. Currently Neil is managing the Stoss/BatesForum team on the Chouteau Greenway Project.

Neil is also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects as well as a member of the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture Professional Advisory Board. As a member of the Board Neil helps to share professional knowledge with other professionals as well as faculty and staff and shape the future of the profession.

 

Taylor Mason, Vice President – David Mason + Associates, St. Louis, MO

Taylor Mason is the Vice President of David Mason + Associates (DMA), an infrastructure engineering firm founded 30 years ago in St Louis. For over 10 years, Taylor has led DMA’s overall business development strategy, supporting DMA’s growth in Missouri, and offices in Chicago and Philadelphia. Because of Taylor’s support, since 2014, DMA has doubled in size and expanded business operations
into the Northeastern region of the United States.

Taylor’s knowledge of DMA’s diverse market sectors and services enables him to speak on behalf of each division within the company including civil and structural engineering, electrical engineering, surveying, 3-D scanning, field inspections, and DMA’s pipe services division. His ability to engage with clients and partners regarding the relevant details of every project has helped DMA build and enhance long-term, trusted relationships – a legacy first started by his father David Mason, the founder and current CEO and President of DMA.

As the company expands, DMA continues to foster strong relationships in St Louis, remaining active on iconic local projects such as the Forest Park Master Plan Implementation, Busch Stadium, the Arch Grounds Renovation and now, Chouteau Greenway. DMA has completed over 25 projects for the Great Rivers Greenway organization.

In addition to Taylor’s work at DMA, he has served on the board of Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP) since 2012. Recently, Taylor was named DAP’s President and Board Chair. He also serves on the board of three St Louis not-for-profit organizations supporting diversity, family, and youth education: Architecture Construction and Engineering (ACE) mentorships; the St Louis Children’s Hospital Development Board; and Backs toppers Young Friends’ Board – an organization that provides assistance to the families of fallen first responders.

Taylor is a problem solver who never hesitates to engage. He believes in setting the stage for the next generation of young, diverse professionals and helping them achieve success.

 

Mark Vogl, AICP, Project Manager – Great Rivers Greenway District, St. Louis, MO

Mark Vogl is a project manager for planning at Great Rivers Greenway where he collaborates with district staff to expand the River Ring, a planned 600-mile system of parks, trails and greenways that is connecting communities across the St. Louis region. With a background in landscape architecture and urban planning, Mark is responsible for overseeing the planning and design of greenway projects throughout Great Rivers Greenway’s three-county area. Prior to joining the district in 2013, Mark spent nearly twenty years with the HOK Planning Group and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. He studied Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University and received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University.


The Power of Designing Streets for People – St. Louis Great Streets Initiative
[Session 2b | 1.5 CEU/HSW | Thursday, April 4 | 10:30a – 12:00p | Lindell Ballroom South]

This session will provide expansive insight into the St. Louis Great Streets Initiative and its powerful impact on St. Louis-regional communities since its launch in 2006. The session will cover the Great Streets Initiative’s 8 principles focused on measurable results that expands thinking beyond corridor traffic planning. A panel of community leaders will share their personal experiences and actual results derived from Great Streets Initiative projects. Speakers will present case studies ranging from master- planned to fully constructed projects including several St. Louis City neighborhoods, communities of Ferguson and Dellwood, and examples at a variety of scales and investment. Case studies will illustrate how the master planning process and creation of a community vision provided a road map to incremental change, while others will dive deeper into implemented plans, lessons learned, measured outcomes, returns on investment, and cost analysis of on-going maintenance.

Moderator:

Bonnie C. Roy, PLA, AICP, Partner – SWT Design, St. Louis, MO

As a partner and lead designer/certified planner for SWT Design, her passion for large-scale regional impacts is evident in her design and planning approach, especially with her focus on engaging public stakeholder and citizen groups. Bonnie holds a Master of Urban Design from Washington University- St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University. She is an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Planning Association (APA), and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Bonnie has been intimately involved in several Great Street Initiative projects and is a strong proponent of the local program.

Panelists:

Paul Hubbmann, Senior Manager – East West Gateway Council of Governments, St. Louis, MO

Paul Hubbman is Senior Manager of Corridor and Long Range Planning with East West Gateway Council of Governments. Paul has 15 years of urban planning experience in the United States and China. At EWG, Paul manages projects involving the land use / transportation relationship such as the Great Streets Initiative, ongoing TOD analysis, and the regional Long Range Transportation Plan. Paul received his Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in 2000 and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas with additional study at University of Dortmund in 1993.

 

Cordaryl M. Patrick, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership – City of Dellwood, Greater St. Louis, MO

Cordaryl is the Economic Recovery Coordinator and Assistant Vice President of Community Investment for St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, located in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a young, energetic and motivated individual with an extremely diverse skill set ranging from community development, economic development, market analysis and research, strategic planning, needs assessments, small business capacity building, community relations, governmental relations, employee relations, grant management, budget management, intergovernmental cooperation and local emergency operations.

Functioning as the liaison between community/small businesses and St. Louis County Government, he works directly with the communities and businesses in the cities of Ferguson, MO, Dellwood, MO, Jennings, MO and unincorporated St. Louis County to support redevelopment efforts in these areas to ensure their sustainability after the 2014-2015 civil disturbances. Working with local stakeholders, community partners, community leaders, governmental officials, consultants, banks, real estate professionals and others in an effort to accomplish overall community and business development related objectives.

Cordaryl has been a public servant for more than 7 years. Prior to his current role, he served as the City Administrator and Public Services Director for the City of Dellwood. Born and raised in Mississippi, Cordaryl holds a Masters of Public Policy & Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi.

 

Don Roe, Planner – City of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Mr. Roe is currently the Executive Director of the Planning and Urban Design for the City of St. Louis’ Planning and Urban Design Agency, a cabinet position for Mayor Lyda Krewson, the first woman mayor of St. Louis. Don, although increasingly outspoken and at times a cantankerous advocate for planning, has held management positions in the City since 1989 and has reported to five Mayors.

A small planning staff undertakes urban design and planning projects at both a district and city level interacting with, and vigorously supported by a board range of constituents within and outside of government.

As a private consultant with both for profit and non-profit organizations, Don has worked on a variety of planning issues both in older Midwestern inner cities and rapid growth communities of the Western United States. Earlier in his career he was with a consulting firm engaged in planning projects in small New England communities.

He has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

 

Rachel Witt, Executive Director – South Grand Community Improvement District, St. Louis, MO

Rachel has been the Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District for over 12 years. She is a graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography, minor in Sociology and certification in Nonprofit Management. She also has a Master’s degree from Widener University in Chester PA in Public Administration emphasizing in local government and economic development. Ms. Witt serves as a board of director for River Styx Literary Magazine and Secretary for the 2nd District Police Business Association. Proud graduate of the police citizens academy. Her past board positions have been President of the Third District Police Partnership and Vice President DeSales Community Development.

Received the 2018 Maestro Award from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, assisted with South Grand becoming the first Green Dining District in the City of Saint Louis in May 2018, American Planning Association Great Places in America of 2017, American Planning Association of Missouri Great Places of 2015, 2011 Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award for collaboration on the South Grand Great Streets Initiative.


The City is a Landscape:  Kindness and the Space between Buildings
[Luncheon Keynote Address | 1 CEU/HSW |Thursday, April 4 | 12:30p – 2:00p | Khorassan Ballroom]

David Rubin, founding principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, practices landscape architecture with a simple mission and big ambitions: to positively inform the world and improve the human condition through landscape. In this keynote address, David will explore how socially-purposeful landscapes can create positive change through cross-disciplinary collaborations and the synthesis of art, technology and the social sciences. This kind of “empathy-driven” design process derives from the understanding that landscape requires a spectrum of thoughtful ideas and voices in order to be successfully rendered. This collective consciousness lifts landscape to its highest ideals, effecting the human condition in positive, equitable ways.

 

David Rubin, PLA, FASLA, FAAR,, Principal – Land Collective, Philadelphia PA

David A. Rubin is the founding principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, a landscape architecture and urban design studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. Educated at Connecticut College and Harvard University, he has taught and lectured at a number of institutions, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and Southern California Institute of Architecture. David is the 2011-2012 recipient of the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. His projects have received awards and honors from the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects, among others.

David founded DAVID RUBIN Land Collective to devote himself to crafting landscapes that affect positive social change through empathy-driven design. He is responsible for the design of Canal Park in Washington, DC; Lenfest Plaza at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania’s new Pennovation Campus, both in Philadelphia; as well as “The Commonground” at Eskenazi Health Hospital, the Indianapolis Museum of Art Master Plan, and the Cummins DBU Headquarters, all in Indianapolis. His current work includes the 25-mile White River Master Plan, and Grand Junction Plaza in Westfield, Indiana, as well as the Riverfront Master Plan for Wilmington, Delaware. His studio’s work includes diverse typologies in locations from Los Angeles to Rome, New York City, Washington, D.C., the Cayman Islands, Indianapolis, Saint Louis, and Philadelphia.


Gateway Arch National Park Tour + Recitation
[Session 3 | 1.5 CEU/HSW | Thursday, April 4 | 3:00 – 4:30p]

This course will consist of a presentation and walking tour of the CityArchRiver project which is the largest public-private partnership in the history of the National Park Service. The project began in 2009 with an international design competition awarded to Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) in 2010. This $380M transformational project led by the MVVA team links the City of St. Louis to the Arch Grounds and the Mississippi River.

The course program will go in depth into the design and construction goals, process, and outcomes with emphasis on universal design, sustainability, public-private partnerships, and long term operations and maintenance to ensure that the arch grounds and neighboring public space will be a welcoming, well-supported resource for the community and the nation for generations to come. This project has had a worldwide impact resulting in lasting effects on the economic, social, environmental, and educational fabric of the entire metropolitan St. Louis region.

The challenges and successes of the project will be discussed during the presentation and walking tour.The project landscape area covers 115 acres and the tour will cover approximately 30 acres from the new Arch entry to the restored Dan Kiley alleles and then to the new North Gateway park. Please be prepared with proper footwear and outerwear.

 

Samantha Fisher, Director of Communications – Gateway Arch Park Foundation, St. Louis, MO

Samantha manages marketing and communications for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. As a public relations professional Samantha’s career has focused on cause marketing, media relations and social media initiatives for a broad range of organizations from Energizer Batteries to Build-A-Bear Workshop and the Humane Society of Missouri. As a media relations strategist her career highlights include People Magazine, The New York Times, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen and Today.

 

Anna Leavey, Program Manager – Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis, MO

Anna Leavey is Program Manager for the Chouteau Greenway project which is a major public-private partnership to connect Washington University and Forest Park through the city to downtown and the Gateway Arch National Park, with spurs north and south to connect our city’s vibrant neighborhoods, parks, employment centers, business and arts districts, transit hubs, and dozens of cultural and educational institutions.

Prior to joining the Chouteau Greenway project team, Leavey was Director of Construction for Gateway Arch Park Foundation (GAPF). GAPF was the lead organization on the $380M CityArchRiver projects which connect downtown St. Louis with the Arch grounds and the riverfront. Prior to joining Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Leavey was Director of Construction for BJC HealthCare. She joined BJC in 2006 and transitioned to the Gateway Arch Park Foundation at the end of 2013 to 2018.

Leavey holds a Master in Construction Management degree (’11) from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Architecture (’91) from the same institution and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College (’88). In addition she studied architecture at University College London and participated in a summer program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

She is a member of the Construction Management Association of America, the American Institute of Architects, holds a Missouri Real Estate Salesperson-Broker license, and is a Master Gardener.

 

Sarah Melinger, Director of Development – CityArch River Foundation, St. Louis, MO

Sarah Melinger serves as the Director Development for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. In her work she oversees the stewardship of donors and the generation of new revenue for the foundation through membership, sponsorship and future endowment giving. In the Spring of 2017 she launched the newly created Arch Park Friends membership program which generated just under 400 members in its inaugural year.

Prior to joining the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, she served as the Associate Director of Development for Washington University Athletics. In that role she worked with student-athlete alumni, parents of current student athletes and fans of Washington University Athletics.

Sarah is a native St. Louisan who holds a degree in Economics from Washington University. After graduation, she spent 15 years in Manhattan before returning to her native St. Louis in 2007.

 

 

Friday April 5, 2019


ASLA Fellows Roundtable:  Connecting the Past and Present to the Future
[Session 4a | 1.5 CEU | Friday, April 5 | 8:30a – 10:00a | Lindell Ballroom North]

Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their profession and society at large based on their works, leadership and management, knowledge, and service. The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. This session explores the career paths of five ASLA Fellows, their commitment to the profession, and how they are continuing to be leaders in the design community.

Moderator:

Derek Don, ASLA, Associate – HOK, St. Louis, MO

Derek has a passion rooted in a deep appreciation for thorough analysis that results in creating spaces that enrich people’s lives. Derek’s project experience includes streetscapes, parks, healthcare and education campuses, and dynamic urban spaces. As an Associate at HOK, Derek leads multidisciplinary design teams and provides project management for a multitude of projects.

Derek received a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University and currently serves as President of the St. Louis Chapter of ASLA.

 

Panelists:

Chip Crawford, FASLA, PLA, LEED GA, Senior Principal – BatesForum Studio, St. Louis, MO

Chip is a practice builder, creative thinker, and problem solver. An award-winning Landscape Architect, Chip has more than 30 years’ experience leading some of the world’s most complex, planning, landscape architecture, and urban design projects.
A true collaborator, Mr. Crawford connects with Clients and has a unique ability to stimulate creative thinking and problem solving, bringing proven expertise and the freshest thinking to the table. He has dedicated his career to being a steward of the public realm and creating inspiring places that improve the quality of people’s lives.

Chip’s experience is at every scale, from the planning of large new cities, community planning, streetscapes, academic and corporate campus planning and design, greenways and parks, to site specific landscape architectural design on projects all over the world. Chip has led or played a major role in over 65 award winning projects.
His approach to problem solving and design is focused on sustainable outcomes. It is place-based, rooted in the social, economic, and environmental context of the communities in which we work. While his process is consistent, our outcomes evolve and adapt to the realities and market conditions of the place. His process is inclusive, and transparent and recognizes and responds to the value of all people, factors, and inputs. His ideas are adaptable, can be self-reflective, respond to change, and lead to multiple positive outcomes. Most importantly, Chip strives for outcomes that are accountable, that can be benchmarked against social, economic, and environmental performance standards.
Chip is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a 10-year Board member and Past President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the Current Chair of the ULI St. Louis District Council, a Kansas State University Alumni Fellow.

 

Ted Spaid, PLA, FASLA, Partner & Co-Founder – SWT Design, St. Louis, MO

Known around the country for his knowledge of park planning, open space design, horticulture, environmental planning, and landscape maintenance best practices, Ted brings more than 35 years of experience to SWT Design and the profession of landscape architecture. He was a leader and practitioner in developing the Sustainable SITES rating system during its pilot phase in 2010, and subsequently led the design of two SITES certified projects. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Kansa State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design, and is an active community philanthropist.

Ted’s devotion to the profession of landscape architecture is evident in his attention to sustainability and environmental stewardship, creating outdoor spaces that span generations and educate on the importance of conservation. The firm’s diverse portfolio of projects, from higher education and healthcare, to parks, greenways and trails, share in the commonality that good design is a living, breathing thing.

Prior to co-founding SWT Design, Ted developed an impressive portfolio of public and private work with HOK. In 2012, Ted was awarded the Robert Goetz Award for this contribution to the profession of landscape architecture. He was elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows in 2018.

 

Austin Tao, PLA, FASLA – St. Louis, MO

Austin is a professional landscape architect with over 40 years’ experience in private practice. Austin is deeply committed to the improvement of urban and natural environments through excellence in eco-based sustainable design. His extensive experience with both public and private development projects gives him a unique understanding of the interrelationships between development strategies, planning, design, and construction in the field of landscape architecture.

In 2000, Austin was elevated to the Council of Fellows with ASLA.

 

 

Jim Wolterman, PLA, MBA, FASLA, Partner and Co-Founder – SWT Design, St.  Louis, MO

Jim Wolterman has been a staunch advocate of landscape architecture for nearly 40 years, continuously challenging himself and his staff to bring landscape architecture to the forefront of public awareness. As the co-founder of SWT Design, Jim has developed and cultivated a landscape architecture firm that leads the industry in sustainability and high design. His business acumen and leadership has positioned SWT Design as one of the largest and most successful firms based in the Midwest. This due to Jim’s ability to develop strategic solutions that are current with industry trends and the economic environment.

Jim shares a commitment to community service and advocacy for the profession of landscape architecture, as demonstrated throughout his career. His mentorship has helped to develop two former interns into partners at SWT Design; the firm’s headquarters in St. Louis is consistently recognized as a top sustainable firm internationally; and he served ASLA as chairman of the national ASLA Finance and Investments Committee. Jim currently serves on the Advisory Committee for The College of Design at Iowa State University.

In 2012, Jim was elevated to the Council of Fellows with the American Society of Landscape Architects for his leadership, management, and commitment to environmental stewardship in the profession of landscape architecture.

 

Floyd Zimmerman, PLA, FASLA – St. Louis, MO

Floyd has over 50 years in the profession with many international projects in twenty-four different countries and projects from Puerto Rico to Alaska and Hawaii. Project scales have ranged from a 2,000 acre new town in the rainforest to a 900 acre urban mixed use development in the desert to a 20 acre corporate campus. Floyd’s experience has includes major projects such as Freeport New Town in Irian Jaya (New Guinea), Dubai Marina in Dubai, UAE and Enterprise Leasing Corporate Campus in St. Louis.

In addition to his many projects, Floyd was a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Michigan and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Floyd has also been published as the author of the chapter titled “Site Slope and Grading Standards” in the book “Architectural Graphic Standards” and the chapter titled “Site Analysis” in “The Architects Handbook of Professional Practice”.

Floyd was a Senior Vice President and Corporate Director of Planning for 21 years at HOK and the final year of full time employment was spent living in Mumbai, India as a Design Director for HOK on the Hiranandani Palace Gardens New Town project. Floyd is now semi-retired and doing freelance planning and design work.

Floyd received his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University and his Masters of Landscape Architecture from Harvard GSD. Floyd was elevated to the Council of Fellows in 1989.


Lessons Learned and Inspirations from the Indianapolis Cultural Trail
[Session 4b | 1.5 CEU/HSW | Friday, April 5 | 8:30a – 10:00a | Lindell Ballroom South]

Brian Payne, the founder and artistic director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, will present on how this $63 million, eight-mile pedestrian and bicycle pathway completed the journey from ideation to approval to funding to completion to national and international recognition. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is a highly designed, beautifully paved, richly landscaped and artfully lighted trail that features $4 million of public art. The Cultural Trail connects six cultural districts and to every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports and entertainment venue in Indianapolis’ thriving downtown. It also connects to four other major greenway trails and serves as the downtown hub of the Marion County greenway trail master plan.

Payne will discuss community partnerships, project momentum-building, fundraising, design principals, the maintenance plan and the ensuing billion dollar-plus of economic impact of the project.

 

Brian Payne, President & CEO – Central Indiana Community Foundation, Indianapolis, IN

Brian Payne is the President and CEO of the $811 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the foundation’s annual grantmaking has more than doubled to over $50 million. CICF’s mission is to mobilize people, ideas and resources to create a community where all individuals have an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter their place, race or identity.

Brian is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. The national consulting firm, Project for Public Spaces, chose the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as the best North American example of a big, bold, transformative project that is changing the way we think of cities and city life. The US Department of Transportation awarded the Cultural Trail a $20.5 million TIGER I grant, one of only 51 grants awarded out of 1,400 proposals submitted in a merit-based competitive process.

Brian and CICF are currently leading two more transportation initiatives. One is an effort to integrate all of Indianapolis’ transportation assets into a robust personal mobility network where customized multi-modal transportation solutions are equitably delivered to a person’s smart phone. The other is an effort to create an additional 50 miles of protected bike lanes, multi-modal paths and sidewalks to the Indianapolis transportation infrastructure with a focus on underserved neighborhoods.

Brian is a much sought-after speaker nationally and internationally. His themes include inspiring places, equity in opportunity, neighborhood development and gentrification, multi-modal transportation, trails, livability and the power of connectivity. He has been the keynote speaker for the Centre City Congress in Calgary, the City Club of Cleveland, the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, Trailnet in St. Louis, the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors and numerous leadership conferences. He has also spoken at national conferences of the American Planning Association, CEOs for Cities, Forward Cities, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Council of Foundations and the United Way. He has consulted with dozens of cities in the US and Canada on urban trail projects.


Landscape Architecture 2000 >> 2020 >> 2040
[Session 5a | 1.5 CEU/HSW | Friday, April 5 | 10:30a – 12:00p | Lindell Ballroom North]

Landscape Architecture’s vital purpose is evolving at lightning speed. This presentation and audience Q&A will explore projects, design research and academic exploration over a forty year arc to better define the landscape architect’s expanding role and responsibility as we look towards the future.

At the turn of the century, reconnecting cities to their sustainable, pre-industrial landscape identities emerged as the driving issue of the day. Twenty years later, today’s definition of landscape architecture now includes public health, bio-regionalism, and resilience strategies as humanity enters a period of rapid shifts in our world climate. Peering into the next twenty years, predictions of accelerating global population growth will accelerate urbanization, redefining once more the vital purpose of landscape architecture in an age of automation, smart city technology, and climate adaptation. Taking a page from the 2019 Central States’ theme, this presentation will explore our profession’s past to help us better understand what landscape architects must do in the present to prepare for the future.

Presentation content will include seminal projects including the Hong Kong Civic Waterfront, San Francisco Bayview Open Space Equity Plan, Ghirardelli Square, and NYC 10-Million Plan as well as design research on urban waterfront resilience, autonomous vehicles and smart city technology that will redefine the public realm.

 

 

Brian Jencek, ASLA, RLA, Senior Vice President & Global Director of Planning – HOK, San Francisco, CA

Brian Jencek is the Global Director of HOK’s Planning practice, leading over 100 city planners, urban designers, landscape architects and environmental scientists across 13 studios, around the world.  His experience spans numerous award-winning projects nationally and abroad, including the 2012 London Olympics, Stanford University’s new School of Medicine campus, 2020 Dubai World Expo, and planning for new cities in Panama, Brazil, China and India.

Educated in Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Planning at Cornell University, Brian is active professionally and academically within the ASLA, ULI, SPUR, and Clinton Climate Initiative, is a Landscape Architecture Foundation Board Member, and teaches graduate-level design studios on topics of climate change resiliency and environmental planning at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.


Strong Women Leadership in Landscape Architecture
[Session 5b | 1.5 CEU/HSW | Friday, April 5 | 10:30a – 12:00a | Lindell Ballroom South]

Women have been leaders in ASLA since its founding in 1899. As one of the eleven founding members of ASLA, renowned landscape architect, Beatrix Jones Farrand, demonstrated the way for over a century of professional women. As pioneers, leaders and mentors, women landscape architects of the past and present have stories to tell. This session explores the current state of woman in landscape architecture through demographics and panelist experiences. Through the lens of strong leadership, the panelist will debate the role of gender in today’s context. Are there strong women leaders or are there strong leaders?

Moderator:

Stacey Brochtrup, PLA, ASLA, APBP, Landscape Architect – Arcturis, St. Louis, MO

Stacey is an emerging professional in landscape architecture and practices at the multi-disciplinary design firm Arcturis in St. Louis and North Texas. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and Certificates in International Studies and Environmental Studies. She is the current President-Elect and the Vice President of Events for the St. Louis ASLA Chapter and is a board member for the Missouri Chapter of the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP). Stacey’s experience includes program and concept development, construction documentation, GIS mapping, and ADA compliance. When not at work, she enjoys traveling and staying active with multiple sports & her pup, Wiscie.

Panelists:

Kristy DeGuire, PLA, CPSI, President – DG2 Design, St. Louis, MO

Kristy is the founder and owner of DG2 Design. Prior to starting DG2 in 2011, Kristy was in charge of the landscape & planning group at a multi-disciplinary firm where she was responsible for managing the site design of multiple corporate clients in St. Louis including Edward Jones, BJC and numerous park and greenways including participating in the original Great Rivers Greenway River Ring master plan. Kristy has designed and implemented many successful projects where sensitivity to the environment and personal understanding of the client’s cultural values and beliefs were instrumental to the overall project concept. Her experience includes landscape architectural designs, construction documentation and landscape construction administration for parks and trails, recreational facilities, master-planned corporate campuses, commercial projects, urban plazas and healthcare master plans. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture.

 

Laurel Harrington, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Director – Christner, St. Louis, MO

Laurel is an Associate Principal, Director of Landscape Architecture, Civic Market Leader and owner with Christner, a St. Louis based multi-disciplinary planning and design firm. Christner is a woman-owned business with over 51% woman ownership and 63% woman workforce. Laurel has over 28 years of experience specializing in campus development, urban design and redevelopment planning for institutional clients. Laurel is the Vice President for Emerging Professional for the St. Louis Chapter ASLA and heads up Christner’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. She has written award-winning master plan documents and has been a presenter at national and regional conferences including American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) and Society for College and Urban Planning (SCUP.) She is a founding member of the Washington University Sam Fox School Master of Landscape Architecture Advisory Council.

 

Kaitlyn Poehlein, ASLA, Landscape Designer – SWT, St. Louis, MO

Kaitlyn is an emerging professional in landscape architecture and practices at SWT Design in St. Louis. She graduated cum laude from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and received an ASLA Student Merit Award for academic achievement. She is Vice President of Membership for the St. Louis ASLA Chapter and is a member of Grow Native with the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Kaitlyn’s experience includes design and concept development, public facilitation, and construction documentation on a number of public and civic projects. Since 2016, she has organized and led Park(ing) Day in the City of Maplewood, an annual event which brings together local businesses, organizations, and designers to demonstrate the importance of public open space in communities. Outside the profession she is a painter, harpist, cyclist, and Irish dancer.

 

Sue Wiest, PLA, ASLA, President and Founding Partner – DTLS, St. Louis, MO

Sue lends her 30+ years of experience to the women-owned business in all aspects of practice – but primarily acts in a technical capacity on project work. Her specialty in detailing, construction, and specifications has led to countless successful projects. Sue was recruited out of Pennsylvania State’s noted Landscape Architecture program to the multi-disciplinary, global firm, HOK. In her 23 years at HOK she was a key member of teams that delivered world-class project development from Dubai to Forest Park. Sue left HOK as a Vice President. Sue and her partners founded DTLS in the fall of 2012 and since have become the largest Women-Owned, stand-alone landscape architecture practice in the state of Missouri. In her current role, she continues to facilitate design and delivery excellence while mentoring countless practitioners across the region. It’s all in the details, as the saying goes, and Sue’s work proves that those details can deliver on the bigger picture that inspires.

 

Landscape Architecture Foundation Update
[Luncheon Introduction | Friday, April 5 | Khorassan Ballroom]

LAF works to increase the influence and impact of landscape architects to create a more sustainable, just, and resilient future. For over 50 years, LAF has been identifying priorities and strengthening the discipline to meet weighty environmental, social, and economic challenges. We believe in the power of design to create a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable world.

Stephanie Rolley, President – LAF, Washington DC

Stephanie Rolley is President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation Board of Directors. She is a Professor and Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning at Kansas State University. She leads organizations and communities in visualizing possibilities and shaping change, working across scales and boundaries. Her community planning and design work has been recognized regionally and nationally by the ASLA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. A former PGASLA Trustee, Stephanie is a Fellow of the ASLA and of the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture (CELA). She was named one of the 25 Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018

 

The Value of Wisdom in Landscape Architecture
[Awards Luncheon Keynote Address | 1 CEU | Friday, April 5 | 12:30p – 2:00p | Khorassan Ballroom]

This presentation discusses the value of wisdom and connections in the profession of landscape architecture. Through knowledge, experience, perspective, foresight and judgement we develop projects that meet the broad spectrum of needs while avoiding the potential traps that lead to failure. The services that landscape architects provide are becoming increasing more complex and require comprehensive planning and design. Unfortunately, public understanding of the profession continues to lead to under-appreciation of our critical work. This lack of awareness leads to licensure threats as well as an uncertain future. This presentation identifies how ASLA is applying wisdom to our organization programs at the local, chapter, regional and national level in order to stay ahead of emerging issues and propel landscape architecture to more prominent status.

 

Greg Miller PLA, FASLA, Principal – MRWM Landscape Architects, Albuquerque, NM

Gregory Miller, FASLA has twenty years of experience as a landscape architect, and is a Principal with the firm MRWM Landscape Architects in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has developed a design philosophy that integrates sustainable development trends with site specific ecological and human needs. This combination results in innovative projects that are functional, safe, accessible, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible. He works extensively on parks, streetscapes, campuses, and health care facilities. He has recently been a speaker at national and regional conferences on topics including: inclusive play area design, the evolution of play environments, enriching landscapes with appropriate cultural design elements, designing public landscapes for maintenance, adaptive planting design strategies, and high efficiency irrigation design

Greg teaches Construction Materials as an adjunct professor in the MLA program at the University of New Mexico. He is currently Immediate Past-President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Greg graduated from Texas A&M University.


All Things “R”: Applying AR/VR/XR to Landscape Architecture and the Built Environment
[Session 6 | 1.5 CEU | Friday, April 5 | 3:00p – 4:30p | Lindell Ballroom North]

In this session we will go over a brief introduction to Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and other various “Realities” (R) with examples of how we have used these technologies throughout the design process. It will be an exploration of various ways that we used to visualize our designs in Sketches, to digital sketches to VR Sketches just like we have progressed from media like watercolor, to renderings, to animations to Real-Time Game Engines displayed in an immersive environment of VR.

Does this mean that we have to leave our past behind? Definitely not, but we should continue to explore new tools and technologies that can enhance our visualizations and ability to communicate our designs in a variety of mediums and increase collaboration.

 

Eric Bogenschutz, Associate – HOK, St. Louis

Eric is a highly motivated and ambitious architect with established expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM). He has the ability to adapt quickly to industry technology shifts, keeping the firm in an advanced position as it relates to the adoption of BIM concepts. Eric is a proactive thinker and a creative problem solver, allowing him to multi-task on many topics as they relate to the digital practice. He also has an excellent ability to communicate, teach and learn, to support firmwide efforts in design, coordination and construction.

 

 

 

 

 

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