Opening Keynote Presentation with Michelle Delk

Michelle DelkPartner/Discipline Director – Snøhetta, Manhattan, NY

Michelle Delk is a passionate champion and designer of the urban public realm. Based in New York City, Michelle is a Partner and Landscape Architect with Snøhetta.  Her work is trans-disciplinary, evocative, and representative of a simple foundational premise shared with Snøhetta:  to create places that enhance the positive relationships between people and their environments. Both aspirational and pragmatic, her work reveals and complements the sublime qualities of embedded beauty and rational functionality within the constructed environment.

Michelle’s enthusiasm is reflected in her commitment to design and leadership within her firm and community. She is an active board member for the Urban Design Forum in New York City, a member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Stewardship Council, and lectures at conferences, universities, and communities throughout the world. Since 2001, her range of work around North America spans from small urban plazas to public parks and large-scale master plans. Currently, she leads several efforts with Snøhetta, including the design of the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon, a transformation of a 22-acre post-industrial site; as well as a re-imagining of the 20-acre Blaisdell Center in Central Honolulu; and the re-imagined design of a significant public plaza in midtown Manhattan.

Join Michelle on Wednesday evening, April 22, 2020 at the Mastercraft Building from 6p – 7:30p for her presentation:

On the Contrary – 1 CEU
What does it mean to collaborate? In Snøhetta’s work we willingly cooperate in an effort to jointly create something or address a design challenge. To do this we must define a shared goal, believe that by working together we have the potential to act more quickly, creatively, or effectively, and we must recognize that superficial inclusivity is not true collaboration. A willingness to cross boundaries and to be comfortable in unfamiliar territories requires people who are able to contribute to a collective exploration. Snøhetta is built upon a commitment to working across disciplines to unearth opportunities and to offer new outcomes. Michelle will share how working not to erase distinction, but to reduce disciplinary hierarchy, helps to invite pluralist outcomes in the work we create together.

 

Conference Speakers


Douglas J. Bisson, AICP, ENV SP – Principal – HDR Engineering, Inc., Omaha, NE

Mr. Bisson serves as HDR’s Central Region Urban Planning and Design Principal and has expertise in urban design and redevelopment. He is an expert in bringing together key city leaders, business owners, and residents to stimulate economic development and neighborhood revitalization through the use of environmentally friendly, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development practices. He was the Project Manager for several notable initiatives within the region, including Aksarben Village, Destination Midtown, the Downtown Omaha 2030 Master Plan, the Downtown Iowa City / Riverfront Crossings Master Plan, the University Village Master Plan, the River’s Edge Master Plan, the Flatwater Crossing Master plan, and the Des Moines Market District Master Plan. In addition, Doug serves on numerous community-based boards and working groups.

Macro to Micro: The LA’s Role in Creating Great Cities – 1 CEU

The presentation will look at the role Landscape Architects play at a regional, local and site design level to preserve a region’s natural environment while also creating dynamic, healthy, attractive and livable cities. The L.A.’s understanding of large-scale natural systems, mobility, human needs and physical design provides unique perspective that can be critical in ensuring that macro-scale environmental goals and actions are woven into the fabric of a city all the way to the micro-scale level of site design. The presentation will explore these connections using examples of local, regional and national projects.

 


Collin Christopher, AICP – Placemaking Planner – City of Lincoln, Lincoln NE

Collin is an urban designer and planner with over 15 years of experiencing working in both the public and private sectors. At the City of Lincoln, his responsibilities include overseeing the planning, design, implementation and ongoing maintenance of streetscape and public space improvement projects. He also works closely with organizations like Downtown Lincoln Association and Public Art Lincoln to identify and execute placemaking projects that benefit the community. Collin has a particular interest in urban design efforts that activate public spaces and break down social barriers.

Enhancing Downtown Lincoln’s Sense of Place through Vibrant Streetscape Design – 1 CEU

Downtown Lincoln has undergone significant expansion and redevelopment in the last decade, and the improvement of its streetscapes and public spaces have been a major part of that. As the city gears up for another round of improvement projects, this presentation will look back at what has already been accomplished, review some of the lessons learned from those efforts, and glimpse ahead to how those lessons are being applied to the planning and design of future streetscape enhancements.

 


Nathan Elliott, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP – Principal – Office of James Burnett, Solana Beach, CA

Nathan Elliott  has led the design and management of urban parks, corporate headquarters, academic landscapes and mixed-use projects across the United States. Originally drawn to landscape architecture by his love of nature, Nathan’s role in the firm has evolved to reflect his passion and aptitude for public speaking, marketing and business development. A pragmatic optimist, Nathan enjoys the challenges faced by difficult sites, complex programs and challenging regulatory environments. Some of his notable projects include Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City, Hall Wines in St. Helena, CA and Northwestern Mutual World Headquarters in Milwaukee. Nathan received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.

Omaha’s Riverfront Revitalization Project – 1 CEU

Nathan’s presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of Omaha’s $285M Riverfront Revitalization project, which includes Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park and Lewis & Clark Landing. Starting with a brief overview of the site’s history, the presentation will outline the goals of the project master plan, provide an in-depth review of each space’s design, and provide an update on the progress of construction for this 90+ acre project.

 


Dominic Fischer, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture – North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Dominic Fischer is a professional landscape architect with 10+ years of experience on award-winning projects as well as a dedicated collaborator on service-learning projects for the land grant missions. His research record focuses on the historical precedents of relatively unknown landscape architects and landscapes of the Great Plains at the turn of the 20th century. Furthermore, he examines how geospatial and other technologies for interdisciplinary processes can identify, preserve, and improve these historic public landscapes.

Fusion in Landscape Architecture Design Curricula: Approaches to Enhance Student Success in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving – 1.5 CEU

As landscape architects continue to expand critical roles in addressing many of the problems facing humankind, our ability to work together with other professions in truly interdisciplinary approaches becomes paramount to successful problem solving. A panel of faculty members from a diverse group of landscape architecture programs will interactively discuss the potential opportunities as well as feasibility and challenges of incorporating interdisciplinary training within landscape architecture programs.

 

 


Kristina Hill, PHD – Assoiate. Professor – University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Professor Kristina Hill studies urban ecology and hydrology in relationship to physical design and social justice issues. Her primary area of work is in adapting urban districts and shorezones to the new challenges associated with climate change.

In the past, she helped to develop new ideas for urban water system design that support salmon health in the Pacific Northwest. Her involvement as a citizen in urban system advocacy led her to serve as the head of a transit agency in Seattle, after helping to found that agency as a volunteer board member.

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she became a member of the Dutch-American engineering and design team that developed New Orleans water management strategy. She continues to collaborate internationally to understand the potential for designs to help protect coastal communities as sea levels rise.

Prof. Hill currently focuses her research on adaptation and coastal design in the San Francisco Bay Area, but engages in comparative studies in the US Mid-Atlantic, Europe, and Hawaii. Professor Hill lectures internationally on urban design and ecology. Before coming to Berkeley, she served as chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Virginia. Her book, Ecology and Design: Frameworks for Learning, was published by Island Press in 2002, and her current book project proposes adapting urban waterfronts to climate change while incorporating productive ecosystems.

She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, and was a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Virginia before coming to California. She was honored as a Fellow of the Urban Design Institute in New York, and has conducted research in Stockholm, Sweden, as a Fulbright Scholar.

Underground water is the “secret sauce” for landscapes in a changing climate – 1 CEU

As the climate warms, understanding the way water moves through landscapes will be critical. Underground water is often overlooked as a source of flooding, both in coastal areas where groundwater is being pushed upwards by sea level rise, and along river corridors where extreme rains can elevate the water table. Adapting to rising coastal groundwater and fluctuations in shallow inland groundwater will be a major area of work for landscape architects in the next 20 years and beyond. This presentation will share examples of urban design for high groundwater, which depend on an understanding of soils and grading.

 


Mark Hoistad, Professor of Architecture & Landscape Architecture Program Director, College of Architecture – University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE

Mark Hoistad, the founding and current Director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Nebraska, has enjoyed a rich and varied career in both practice and academia including professional work on five different continents and teaching experience on three. This work has ranged in scale from urban design projects, through several different building types, down to the scale of furniture and decorative art objects. The urban design work includes projects in the United States, Africa and Asia, including multi bloc downtown areas, a company new town and most recently, large scale land planning and park projects in China. His thirty plus year academic career in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture has included many cross and interdisciplinary studios and courses. Having been the Director of both the Architecture and Landscape Architecture departments, he has and continues to be a strong supporter of collaboration as the best way to generate solutions that are resilient and transformational.

Fusion in Landscape Architecture Design Curricula: Approaches to Enhance Student Success in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving – 1.5 CEU

As landscape architects continue to expand critical roles in addressing many of the problems facing humankind, our ability to work together with other professions in truly interdisciplinary approaches becomes paramount to successful problem solving. A panel of faculty members from a diverse group of landscape architecture programs will interactively discuss the potential opportunities as well as feasibility and challenges of incorporating interdisciplinary training within landscape architecture programs.

 


Steven Jensen, PLA, AICP – Planning and Urban Design Consultant – Retired Landscape Architect, Omaha, NE

As the Omaha City Planning Director from June of 2005 until his retirement in August of 2009, Mr. Jensen managed a department with a staff of 116 people and an annual budget of $12 million. In his position as Director Mr. Jensen was responsible for administering the City’s long-range planning, current planning, annexation, capital improvement, housing and community development, economic development, code enforcement, permitting and inspection activities. During his 34+ years with the Omaha Planning Department Mr. Jensen also held a number of other positions including 14 years as Assistant Director for Urban Planning and two stints as Acting Planning Director.

His accomplishments, among other things, include directing the most comprehensive update of the City’s Master Plan in Omaha’s history, Omaha’s highly rated growth management program, and the plan for the annexation of the City of Elkhorn. He also helped guide the development of the City’s widely recognized and award winning Urban Design Master Plan and Urban Design Code and the award winning 2009 Downtown Omaha Master Plan. Mr. Jensen served as the Chairman of the College World Series Stadium Design Advisory Committee and was on the Board of Directors for the Omaha Hilton Hotel until his retirement. He is a member of the Omaha By Design Board of Directors, the Seventy-Five North Board of Directors and has served on the Lot B Redevelopment Committee, the Riverfront Revitalization Committee and a variety of other civic committees. Now in private practice, Mr. Jensen is currently providing planning and urban design consulting services to a variety of private and public clients.

Macro to Micro: The LA’s Role in Creating Great Cities – 1 CEU

The presentation will look at the role Landscape Architects play at a regional, local and site design level to preserve a region’s natural environment while also creating dynamic, healthy, attractive and livable cities. The L.A.’s understanding of large-scale natural systems, mobility, human needs and physical design provides unique perspective that can be critical in ensuring that macro-scale environmental goals and actions are woven into the fabric of a city all the way to the micro-scale level of site design. The presentation will explore these connections using examples of local, regional and national projects.

 

 


J. Jade Liska, PLA – Deputy Director of Planning & Engineering Division Aviation Department – City of Kansas City, Missouri

Jade has worked for the City for nearly 15 years, serving in a variety of management roles, and is well positioned as Deputy Director of Planning and Engineering for the Aviation Department. Liska is familiar with all aspects of the airport’s infrastructure and construction projects and has worked extensively with the Aviation Department since 2007.

Liska has worked with airlines, civic groups and design professionals to study future options for the new terminal modernization program for the last 6 years. As the primary-project-manager, Liska leads the teams that are responsible for building Kansas City’s 1.5 Billion dollar new single terminal and parking infrastructure for Kansas City International Airport.

Prior to joining KCMO, Liska worked in Wichita, Kansas, where he was in the private sector working as lead project manager in multi-disciplinary engineering, planning, surveying and construction firms for more than 12 years.

Jade is a licensed Professional Landscape Architect in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

Case Study – Kansas City International Airport – 1.5 Billion Dollar Single Terminal and Parking – 1 CEU

In the midst of building a brand-new single Terminal at Kansas City International Airport (MCI), the ability to incorporate innovation and technology, has the capacity to frame the discussion on how this facility will benefit stakeholders, airline operations and employees and make it a world-class terminal when it opens in 2023.

 


Karen Nallow, ASLA, LEED AP – Principal – The Clark Enersen Partners, Lincoln NE

Karen serves on The Clark Enersen Partners’ Board of Directors and oversees Site Planning & Design for the firm. She has a unique understanding of the relationship between species, materials, and environmental conditions. She is skilled at connecting and unifying natural and built environments, tying them together seamlessly, as well as creating multi-functional environments that draw people in the space. Her strengths include translating ideas into creative, constructible, and sustainable design concepts as well as creating a sense of place while elevating a branded identity. Karen’s experience during the last 17 years includes the Centennial Mall Renovation; Union Plaza Park; Sunken Gardens Renovation; the West Haymarket Infrastructure, Arena Site Design, and Festival Plaza Design; and the P Street Streetscape Design for the City of Lincoln.

Enhancing Downtown Lincoln’s Sense of Place through Vibrant Streetscape Design – 1 CEU

Downtown Lincoln has undergone significant expansion and redevelopment in the last decade, and the improvement of its streetscapes and public spaces have been a major part of that. As the city gears up for another round of improvement projects, this presentation will look back at what has already been accomplished, review some of the lessons learned from those efforts, and glimpse ahead to how those lessons are being applied to the planning and design of future streetscape enhancements.

 


Carl RogersAssociate Professor and Chair – Department of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University, Ames IA

Carl Rogers is the Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University where he is also an Associate Professor and the Director of the Community Design Lab (CDL). Under his direction since 2013, the CDL has worked with over 35 Iowa communities and organizations to provide research, engagement and design that address unique conditions and goals within these communities. Through his design research methods, Carl has published project case studies and journal articles for the International Visual Literacy Association and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

His work specializes in community design projects combining landscape architecture, urban design, neighborhood revitalization, green infrastructure, and complete streets. Current work includes frameworks and strategies that enhance the quality of life through the design of exterior spaces and connections with natural systems as well as relationships with the built environment. Rogers, working with CDL staff, developed a spatial analysis and design manual for understanding community trail networks and the implementation of complete streets. This guide influenced his current research exploring visual literacy as a methodology to understand the relationship between landscape and community.

Fusion in Landscape Architecture Design Curricula: Approaches to Enhance Student Success in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving – 1.5 CEU

As landscape architects continue to expand critical roles in addressing many of the problems facing humankind, our ability to work together with other professions in truly interdisciplinary approaches becomes paramount to successful problem solving. A panel of faculty members from a diverse group of landscape architecture programs will interactively discuss the potential opportunities as well as feasibility and challenges of incorporating interdisciplinary training within landscape architecture programs.

 


Stephanie Rolley, Professor and Head, Department of 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.

Named one of the Most Admired Educators by DesignIntelligence in three consecutive years since 2016-2017, Stephanie is commited to enhancing professional planning and design education through service and leadership. She currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and led 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) and has been honored with the K-State Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head and the CELA Outstanding Administrator Award.

Fusion in Landscape Architecture Design Curricula: Approaches to Enhance Student Success in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving – 1.5 CEU

As landscape architects continue to expand critical roles in addressing many of the problems facing humankind, our ability to work together with other professions in truly interdisciplinary approaches becomes paramount to successful problem solving. A panel of faculty members from a diverse group of landscape architecture programs will interactively discuss the potential opportunities as well as feasibility and challenges of incorporating interdisciplinary training within landscape architecture programs.

Stephanie Rolley will also give an update related to current Landscape Architecture Foundation initiatives

 


Amber Sausen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Principal – Alliiance, Minneapolis, MN

Amber is a committed leader, a thoughtful designer, and a passionate teacher whose work focuses on advancing sustainable design for public and corporate projects at many scales. Amber serves on the board of Urban Sketchers (as president from 2017-2019), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to on-location drawing, arts education, and building intercultural connections. As a 2019 recipient of the AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award, she was recognized for her commitment to advancing the understanding of the value of architecture to the broader community and leadership of AIA Minnesota initiatives. Working locally and internationally, Amber celebrates and promotes the power of architecture and the arts to build community.

Sketch Crawl – Downtown Omaha – 2 CEU

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. Amber Sausen will lead participants on a sketch-crawl through the urban environment of downtown Omaha and explain how one can use drawing to create one’s own personal haven for creativity and exploration. At specific locations Amber 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!

 


Dennis Scheer, PLA, ASLA – Senior Principal – The Clark Enersen Partners, Lincoln NE

As the Chairman of the Board for The Clark Enersen Partners from 2006-2018, a 30-year Principal, and current Senior Principal Board Member Emeriti, Dennis has led the design of many of the firm’s most significant and iconic site and landscape architecture projects. His appreciation for the communities he works in has heavily influenced his philosophy and work as a landscape architect. Dennis sought to enhance awareness for the distinctiveness of the surrounding landscape and communicate concepts that convey the meaning derived from its history, people, and environment. He is highly regarded as one of the most innovative site planners in the Midwest and now works to pass his knowledge on in a senior advisory role. Some of his most notable work during his 41-year career includes the Centennial Mall Renovation, Union Park Plaza, Assurity Center Corporate Campus, Farm Credit Services of America Corporate Campus, Lincoln Mall, Lincoln Entryways Corridor Master Plan, Lincoln Downtown Streetscapes, and the Fallbrook Community Development.


Ken Smith, CAPP – City Parking & Mobility Manager – City of Omaha, Omaha,  NE

In December 2012, Ken Smith was hired as Omaha’s first City Parking & Mobility Manager and was tasked with establishing a new consolidated parking system for the City. His focus for a parking strategy has been towards economic development, mobility and sustainability. Prior to Omaha, he worked in a similar role with the City of Lincoln where he developed a successful program in that City which was nominated for “Parking Program of the Year”. Earlier roles included municipal planning and consulting for architecture & engineering firms.

Ken is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking, he’s been a member of the Green Parking Council, co-chaired the Intelligent Transportation System & Parking Task Force and was on the Technology Committee. He now serves on the Planning Design and Construction Committee.

Ken received a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha and University of Nebraska Lincoln for a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning.

Mobility in Downtown Omaha – 1 CEU

In May of 2019 the City of Omaha participated in a 6 month trial to determine the feasibility of dockless e-Scooters as a micro-mobility transportation option. Gain insight on the results and recommendations to consider a second pilot.


Elizabeth Tofte, Assistant Professor – School of Design, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Elizabeth Tofte enjoys cultivating connections between people in the design world, scholarly research, and higher education. Her diverse academic training includes a five-year Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Regional Planning at Washington State University; a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Idaho; and a PhD from the College of Art at the University of Edinburg, Scotland. Her dissertation focused on cataloging established and emerging problem-solving pedagogies in the design disciplines: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design. This involved identifying interdisciplinary approaches to teaching creativity and techniques for discovering design problems not yet thought of.

Elizabeth started an interdisciplinary design firm with certification as a Minority/Woman Owned business. For twenty years, she designed wonderful forest estates, provided landscape architecture services to architecture and engineering firms with government contracts, assisted American Indian Nations with recreation design services during the casino craze, and worked for the World Health Organization in Russia fighting the ravages of chemical warfare. As a practitioner in the Inland Northwest, she promoted the design professions by sharing an Architecture-in-the-Schools Program with 4th and 5th graders and conducted workshops on the profession of Landscape Architecture at high school career days. In addition, she served on the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board (CLARB) writing and grading the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (L.A.R.E.).

Fusion in Landscape Architecture Design Curricula: Approaches to Enhance Student Success in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving – 1.5 CEU

As landscape architects continue to expand critical roles in addressing many of the problems facing humankind, our ability to work together with other professions in truly interdisciplinary approaches becomes paramount to successful problem solving. A panel of faculty members from a diverse group of landscape architecture programs will interactively discuss the potential opportunities as well as feasibility and challenges of incorporating interdisciplinary training within landscape architecture programs.

 

 

 

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