2013 Speakers Archive

Transformations:  The New Landscape – St. Louis, MO

James Richards BookHeather Venhaus book

Great news!  Two of our speakers have authored books, and they will be available for purchase at the conference!  Look for a book booth in the vendor exhibit area!

 

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David Allen, DirectorMetro Arts In Transit, St. Louis MO
Metro is the St. Louis regional transit agency. Since 1986 Mr. Allen has directed public art programs for the City of San Jose, California and for transit agencies in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as Saint Louis, and has served as a consultant to several public agencies in Canada and the United States. Allen served as an elected member of the Public Art Network Council for Americans for the Arts from 2007 to 2011 and is currently a member of the Airport Art Advisory Committee for Lambert International Airport. In addition to his passion commissioning artists to integrate their work into the public realm, Allen is a painter currently residing in St. Louis, Missouri with his two dogs Ruth and George.

Presentation topic (with Don Wiegand):  “Collaborative Design: Visual Artists + Landscape Architects = a Greater Sum”
Historically, the interaction between artists and landscape architects has been to site freestanding works of sculpture into environments that best compliment the artwork: scale, texture, color, site-lines, access, etc., to obtain maximum beauty and impact for all concerned.  This presentation will look at how artists and architects can take that interaction to the next level, both aesthetically and professionally. Examples of successful artist / landscape architect project partnerships will be shared.

 

todd antoineTodd Antoine, Deputy Director for PlanningGreat Rivers Greenway, St. Louis, MO
The primary focus of Mr. Antoine’s work is to develop and implement The River Ring, a regional interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails.  He coordinates efforts to establish partnerships with local, state and regional entities in the implementation of The River Ring with projects in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, Missouri.  Currently, he is working on plans for the Trestle, an elevated railroad line that will be transformed into an urban park and greenway north of downtown St. Louis.   Another major project is Bike St. Louis, featuring 77 miles of on-street bicycle facilities as part of the regional system.

Todd is a past-president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Section of the American Planning Association.  Prior to joining the Great Rivers Greenway District, he worked at the East-West Gateway Council of Governments in St. Louis, where his responsibilities include working on regional growth and urban design issues and providing technical assistance to local governments in the St. Louis region.  He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  He received his master’s degree in urban affairs from St. Louis University.

 Presentation topic (with Ann Mack):  Can the Bicycle Save our Cities?
The number of cyclists and bicycle facilities has significantly increased in many cities across the country.  This efficient form of transportation has claimed numerous triple bottom line benefits and we now have data to be considered when discussing trends and the future of our transportation network.  This session will use recent data and studies to discuss what the future may hold if we are to prioritize non-motorized transportation. 

39370_Vol33.indd4Carol Davit, Executive DirectorMissouri Prairie Foundation, Jefferson City, MO
Carol Davit is the executive director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, and has edited the Missouri Prairie Journal since 1997. Carol has worked for 20 years in the conservation and environmental fields in communications, development, administration, and leadership capacities. She has worked for private, nonprofit conservation groups and at the municipal and state goverment levels. Carol also serves as chair of the Jefferson City Environmental Quality Commission, is a member of the Jefferson City Stormwater Quality Advisory Committee, and she and her husband and son are Stream Team #3631.

Presentation topic (with Jon Wingo):  “Establishment of Native Plant Communities in the Urban Interface”
A great resource for landscape architects is the Missouri Prairie Foundation and its mission to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education and research.  Their marketing and education program, Grow Native!, helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes.  Grow Native’s goals and objectives, tools to support the design community, and recent transition from the Missouri Department of Conservation to the Missouri Prairie Foundation will be discussed.  Several case studies of prairie establishment and restoration will also be presented.  Common design and installation pitfalls will be discussed to achieve successful projects from seed.

 

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Barbara Deutsch, Executive DirectorLandscape Architecture Foundation, Washington D.C.
Barbara Deutsch, FASLA is the Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) since 2009.  She is delighted to serve in this role to protect, improve, and enhance the environment through innovative research and scholarship programs to increase the capacity of the profession.

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 new strategic research initiative called The Landscape Performance Series.

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 titled “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 BS 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.

Presentation topic:  The Landscape Performance Series:  Creating Value to Create Change
Barbara will discuss the concept of landscape performance and why it is critical to creating change and achieving sustainability.  She will provide an overview of the Landscape Performance Series, an online, interactive set of resources to help you quantify benefits, show value and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.  Learn how the Case Study Briefs, Benefits Toolkit, and Fast Facts can be used to demonstrate the impact of your projects, showcase your work, and provide the content to effectively advocate to your client, community, or Capitol Hill.

 

Philip DurhamPhilip Durham, Principal - Studio Durham Architects, St. Louis, MO
Studio|Durham Architects designed the Terrace View Cafe and the maintenance and administration building at City Garden, in addition Studio|Durham provided construction administration services on the entire City Garden site in collaboration with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

Phillip is a guide on the Citygarden tour.

 

Breck Gastinger

Breck Gastinger, Senior Project Manager – Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Charlottesville, VA
Breck Gastinger is a Senior Associate with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. He  joined NBW in 2001 and has managed a wide range of projects from university master plans and built work to national design competitions and urban parks to major landscape master plans. Projects include the multi-award winning Citygarden in St. Louis; a landscape stewardship master plan study for Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia; and the Orongo Station Stewardship Plan in Gisborne, New Zealand, an ambitious plan for ecological restoration and cultural interpretation within a working sheep farm that is serving as a model for other farms in the region.  He is currently the project manager for a 67-acre community park in Wildwood, Missouri and a new garden at the Devonian Botanic Garden in Edmonton, Ontario, Canada. Breck earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture degrees from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Breck is a native Missourian and excited to return home for the ASLA Central States Conference.

Breck will lead the Citygarden Tour

 

Earen HummelEaren Hummel, ASLA, Director of Landscape DesignBellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
Earen Hummel is the Landscape Architect and Director of Design for the 164-year old Bellefontaine Cemetery.  Prior to joining Bellefontaine, she worked for EDAW/AECOM with a focus on the preservation of cultural and historic landscapes, from intimate private gardens, to large community parks, to regional landscapes that span across multiple states.

Earen’s work with historic landscapes seeks to find creative design solutions that respect and complement historic sites by sensitively integrating contemporary needs into these unique places.   Her passion lies in discovering what is exceptional about each  place and providing guidance for preserving the local sense of place and history so that future generations can enjoy our rich heritage. Whether the scale is small or large; the design new or a rehabilitation – her work consistently emphasizes attention to local sense of place with a focus on local craftsmen and artists, local history and culture, and indigenous plants and plant communities.  Understanding the history of the landscape is a first step in defining a sense of place; of telling the stories of where we came from and where we are going.

Presentation topic:  “The Evolution of a Cemetery Landscape :  Burial Grounds to Civic Space.”
Rural cemeteries were precursors to city parks in the American urban landscape and provided an important civic service to the increasingly complex and developing communities of the nineteenth century.  This session will present the history of the rural cemetery in the United States as a cultural institution that was viewed as more than a place of burial:  leisure grounds, botanic garden, and art museum.  Using Bellefontaine as a case study, the session will  examine the evolving role of the cemetery in today’s cities amid changing demographics, burial practices and environmental concerns.  The presentation will include the vision for Bellefontaine over the next century  in remaining one of St. Louis’ major cultural institutions.

Earen is also hosting the Bellefontainne Cemetery Tour.

 

Erin Jacobs

Erin Jacobs, Senior AssociateMithun, Seattle, WA
As a Senior Associate of the Landscape Architecture team at the interdisciplinary firm Mithun, Erin focuses on innovative workplace design, sustainable campus master plans and green infrastructure for urban civic and cultural landscapes.  Erin’s passion for research and analysis of ecological function and hydrologic systems enable her to target appropriate performance goals on projects, guiding a design to meet the most functional and environmentally intelligent capacity.  growing up in the San Juan Islands off the mainland of Washington State, Erin’s love of the pacific Northwest led her research and studies of native plant communities and environmental education.  Volunteering teaching at Islandwood Environmental Education Center and mentoring intercity teenagers through community youth programs she shares her passion with the next generation for both natural and human resilience.  Understanding that visionary design should be studied from multiple angles, Erin’s work in 3-D modeling and visualization programs helps her to distill complex systems and propel sustainable strategy integration. Erin has studied and practiced landscape architecture across the United States, Central and South America, Europe and Japan, currently working on a visualization model for the City of Olympia, Washington, a sustainable Master Plan for the campus of the Athenian School in Danville California and a Center for Health and Wellness focusing on transformative recovery services for individuals with mental illnesses.

Presentation topic:  “Integrated Design: Transformative Green Infrastructure”
Green infrastructure is one of the ways we are building more resilient cities – as an industry, as a profession, and as a society. As a Senior Associate at Mithun, based in Seattle and San Francisco, Erin will discuss the firm’s design principles that inform their transformative work in natural and built environments.  Mithun seeks to aesthetically and measurably link the functions of nature to enrich people’s experiences in the urban environment. Erin will also share Mithun’s approach to integrated green infrastructure, systems based design and sustainable master planning and explore how data collection and study is influencing the practice of Landscape Architecture.

 

Ann Mack CaptureAnn Mack, CEOTrailnet, St. Louis MO
Ann Rivers Mack has held the position of CEO at Trailnet since 2006. Ms. Mack joined Trailnet in 2000 to work on the Confluence Greenway initiative and then held the position of Director of Programs from 2004 – 2006.  Since taking the leadership position, Ann has guided Trailnet’s strategic shift from trail-building to its current focus on healthy, active and vibrant communities with a focus on the built environment, public policy and public health.

Prior to coming to Trailnet, Ann founded Mid-America Energy and Resource Partners,  a statewide initiative to address energy and resource efficiency issues.  Working with cross sector community advisory boards and local utilities, she fostered the development of educational programs with the adoption of institutional efficiency measures.  In the early ’80s, Ms Mack developed initiatives for a southern California policy/education center demonstrating early passive and active solar installations, gray water recycling, earth-bermed/green roofing, composting toilets, bio-intensive gardening methods and other ‘new’ technologies.  She also was involved in early conversations with electric utilities promoting least-cost planning as an alternative to building new power plants to address projected capacity demands.

For more than twenty years, Ms. Mack has drawn from her physics and biology background to develop and teach environmental and sustainability courses for Webster University’s graduate school. She currently teaches the Foundations course for Webster’s ‘Education for Global Sustainability’ emphasis area, a course based on both biomimicry and The Natural Step sustainability framework for which she received training from Dr Karl-Henrik Robert and economist Paul Hawkin.  She is a firm believer that the natural world provides the best models for sustainability.

Presentation topic (with Todd Antoine):  Can the Bicycle save our Cities?
The number of cyclists and bicycle facilities has significantly increased in many cities across the country.  This efficient form of transportation has claimed numerous triple bottom line benefits and we now have data to be considered when discussing trends and the future of our transportation network.  This session will use recent data and studies to discuss what the future may hold if we are to prioritize non-motorized transportation. 

 

Bradford McKeeBradford McKeeEditor-In-Chief, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Washington DC

Bradford McKee has been the editor-in-chief of Landscape Architecture Magazine since April 2010. In his first six months at LAM, he created the magazine’s 100th anniversary issue while also preparing for a total redesign and reprogramming of the magazine, which debuted in January 2011. Before he joined LAM, McKee worked for 10 years as a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in such publications as I.D., Architect, Slate, Metropolitan Home, The Architect’s Newspaper, Harper’s Bazaar, and Men’s Journal. From 2000 to 2006, he also served as a contract reporter for the “House & Home” section of The New York Times, covering design, architecture, urbanism, and horticulture. Other past positions include almost three years as the arts editor of the weekly Washington City Paper (1998–2000) and 10 years as an editor of the now–defunct Architecture magazine (1993–1998). He lives in Washington, D.C.

Bradford McKee will Emcee the Awards Luncheon.

 

Taryn MeadTaryn Mead, Principal – Symbiosis, Yosemite National Park, CA
Taryn Mead is a biologist, sustainability strategist and Certified Biomimicry Professional who has consulted with over 30 corporate, municipal and nonprofit clients using biomimicry as a tool for innovation and sustainability. As a pioneering practitioner of biomimicry, she has worked on domestic and international projects ranging from new product design to industrial ecosystems to new cities for 2 million inhabitants.  She has also served as the lead facilitator for numerous biomimicry workshops with corporate clients and blossoming biomimics and lectured for large audiences. Her current work is focused on helping companies take biomimicry from a budding design idea to a practical solution ready for the marketplace.

Taryn graduated from Western State College of Colorado with degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies, giving her perspectives on both the physical and social aspects of sustainability.  During her early career, she worked at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at California Polytechnic University as a facility assistant and regenerative landscape designer.  After several years as a field biologist, Taryn joined Biomimicry 3.8 (formerly the Biomimicry Guild), where she spent 5 years working with Janine Benyus as a consultant, educator and lecturer.  She has since launched Symbiosis, a sustainability consulting group focused on helping companies take biomimicry from a beautiful idea to implementation.

She lives with her partner Scott and their old dog, Rasta, in Yosemite National Park, CA where she enjoys trail running, climbing, cooking from the CSA box and exploring the Park.

Presentation topic:  “Biomimicry in Landscape Design:  Succession and Evolution at Work”
Taryn Mead, biologist and biomimicry strategist, will provide an in-depth look into the application of biomimicry to landscape design and urban planning as it has taken shape in her work with design and municipal clients.  Taryn’s experiences in biomimicry have spanned multiple scales of design in the built environment ranging from brownfields to urban redevelopment and each scale of design has taken a unique form.  The core objective of her work within landscape and urban design is to imitate the functions of native ecosystems within multiple aspects of the built environment.   Her presentation will include design approaches well as several case studies of project work.

Walter Metcalfe

Walter L. Metcalfe Jr., Senior Counsel – Bryan Cave LLP, St. Louis MO
Mr. Metcalfe is Senior Counsel at Bryan Cave LLP.  For 10 years ending September, 2004 he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the firm.  With over 1,100 lawyers the firm has its principal offices in St. Louis and offices in the U.S., Europe and the Far East.  He has been listed in the National Law Journal as one of 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America in several editions.

Mr. Metcalfe is active in St. Louis civic affairs and developments.  He chairs the board of the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, the conservancy which sponsored the 2010 International Design Competition for the Arch grounds and Mississippi riverfront.  The conservancy is leading implementation and fundraising for the project.  He also is a member of the boards of Washington University in St. Louis and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, an ex-officio member of the board of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and Secretary of Civic Progress.

Keynote Presentation topic:  “Transformations: The New St. Louis Landscape”
St. Louis is embarking on one of the most exciting urban transformations the Region has undertaken since the 1940s with the CityArchRiver 2015 project. Mr. Metcalfe, Chairman of the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation Board will discuss the origins of the project, process utilized to establish design goals, identification of partnerships to help implement the plan and impacts on the metropolitan area. The keynote address will focus on the CityArchRiver 2015 project and how it will help ‘transform’ the St. Louis Landscape.

 

James RichardsJames Richards, FASLA, Associate Professor – University of Texas School of Architecture, Arlington TX
James Richards, FASLA, is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Architecture, and co-founder and Principal of Townscape Inc., an urban design consultancy with studios in Texas and Vancouver.  Formally a design principal of Johnson, Johnson and Roy/inc. (JJR), he is a national award-winning designer, writer and illustrator whose work has spanned landscape architecture, town planning and urban design on projects in 17 states.

Mr. Richards is a board member and blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers (www.urbansketchers.org), an international non-profit that promotes freehand location sketching across disciplines and around the world.  His sketch/study trips have taken him to 34 countries to date; he conducts drawing workshops for both students and professionals across the U.S. and abroad.  He is the recipient of ASLA’s Bradford Williams Medal for his articles on placemaking and drawing.  His book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery:  Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers was published by John Wiley and Sons in February.

Presentation Topic: “Freehand Renaissance: Sketching and Creativity in a Digital Age.”
We have come full circle. Today’s best designers are learning to combine the advantages of computer technology with the immediacy and freshness of freehand sketching to expand and enrich their choices for creative exploration and expression. This session will demonstrate less rigid, more accessible approaches to concept sketching that dovetail with digital tools, revealing how rapid freehand sketching can be a powerfully creative and profitable tool in the contemporary design practice.

James Richards Book“Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers”, by James Richards, is available for sale at the conference.  $50.  Details.

 

Tim SlazinikTim Slazinik, RLA, ASLA, Landscape ArchitectHOK, St. Louis, MO
Tim Slazinik is a Landscape Architect at HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, and a registered Landscape Architect in the state of Missouri. His past experience is focused mainly in and around the St. Louis region with project work ranging from Healthcare, to education, parks, and greenways. Tim has served on the Executive committee for the St. Louis Chapter for 4 years, and currently holds the position of President Elect.

While working at a previous firm, Tim assisted in the ongoing maintenance and updates to the Citygarden. As part of the local owner’s representative team, he assisted with updating planting, addressing maintenance and drainage issues, and has a working knowledge of the garden. At last year’s Missouri Botanical Garden Earth Day Symposium, Tim was a co-presenter of Citygarden: Revealed, an overview of the many facets of citygarden’s past, and the ongoing maintenance and impact on the St. Louis Region.

Tim Slazinik is a guide for the Citygarden tour.

 

Steven Sobo, Director, Design and ConstructionWashington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Mr. Sobo isa registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of Missouri.

During the past three years at WUSM, he has been responsible for numerous construction projects related to the University’s Clinical, Research and Teaching missions. Some of the higher profile projects during that term were the BJC Institute of Health (a 680,000 sf research building); the original 15,000 sf Genome Data Center- phases I and II and the Zebra Fish Research facility (containing 6,000 tanks).

During the time period of 1988 – 2003, Mr. Sobo managed over 1,000 construction projects including the construction of five regional data centers for the May Department Stores Co. Other project types included new building construction, substantial remodels, corporate offices and major infrastructure projects throughout the U.S.

Steve Sobo is guiding the tour of Maya Lin Fountain Plaza, part of the Healing Gardens Tour.

 

NancyNancy Somerville, Executive Vice President/CEOAmerican Society of Landscape Architects, Washington DC
A long-time advocate for the design professions, Nancy C. Somerville is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Since joining the Society in August 2000, Somerville has expanded ASLA’s public relations programs, increased ASLA’s presence on Capitol Hill, and enabled the Society to become a more effective advocate on sustainability, community planning, transportation, and land use issues. Somerville directs the Society’s ongoing green roof education and advocacy programs, as well as ASLA’s participation as a founding partner in the Sustainable Sites Initiative.

Nancy will share an update about all things ASLA during the Welcome Session/Key Note Address.

 

Heather Venhaus

Heather Venhaus, PrincipalRegenerative Environmental Design, Austin, TX
Using her background in landscape architecture and ecological restoration, Heather Venhaus works with teams of scientists, designers, and educators on projects emphasizing sustainable development, land restoration, and environmental education.  Ms. Venhaus facilitated and led the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009 and worked with the U.S. Botanic Garden to developed the educational content and teaching materials for Landscape for LifeTM . Heather is a contributing author to the Sustainable Sites Handbook and author of Sustainable Site Design:  Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes.    Ms. Venhaus is the principal of Regenerative Environmental Design, a sustainable design-consulting firm that strives to connect natural and built systems in mutually beneficial ways.   Heather has held several leadership roles in the American Society of Landscape Architects and the U. S. Green Building Council at both local and national levels.  More information about Heather can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/heathervenhaus

Presentation topic:  “Designing the Sustainable Site: Optimizing landscape benefits”
In a world where seven million people are being added each month, every site matters.  This session will explore the relationship between site development and major environmental challenges of urban areas.  Case studies and sustainable design strategies will be used to illustrate how projects can optimize site performance and restore vital ecosystem functions.

Heather Venhaus book

“Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes” by Heather Venhaus is for sale at the conference.  $50.  Details.

 

Gary Wangler captureGary Wangler, Horticulturist – St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Native to St. Louis, Gary began his career with the green industry in 1975, studying horticulture at Meramec College in St. Louis. During this same period, Gary worked at Missouri Botanical Garden for four years before accepting the position as Horticulturist with the St. Louis Zoo. For 19 years, Gary worked to create and improve the plant collections on the zoo property in the visitor spaces as well as creating naturalistic settings and environments for the animal collections to be displayed.

In January of 2000, following the opening of the Olson Family Garden at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Gary accepted the position as Horticulturist and supervisor of the grounds operations and maintaining the healing garden on the 8th floor of the hospital.

For twelve years now, Gary has maintained the garden as a beautiful and wonderful retreat for patients to visit, designs horticulture and educational programs for patients and family to enjoy and experience during their stay at the hospital.

In March of 2006, Gary received his certificate of achievement in Horticulture Therapy from the Rusk Rehabilitation Institute in New York.

February 2007, Gary received his certificate of HTR, (registered horticultural therapist) from the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA).

Gary has been a part of the Therapy Services Team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital working with patients in the neuro-rehabilitation unit providing horticulture related activity sessions to patients as part of their therapy intervention and care plan.

Gary will lead the Olson Family Garden tour, part of The Healing Garden Tour.

 

Don Wiegand CaptureDon Wiegand, President/FounderThe Wiegand Foundation / Don F. Wiegand Studios, St. Louis MO
Sculptor Don Wiegand, who lives and works in his native Chesterfield, Missouri, continues to evolve powerfully within the American figurative tradition. His extraordinary works of commemorative sculpture and portraiture have drawn international acclaim not only for their perfection of execution, but also for the emotional response their unveilings capture. He links his creative powers to meticulous research—capturing the temperament of the organizing form in combinations that render his subject’s living character and emotions.

Portrait sculptures of Charles A. Lindbergh, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Christopher Columbus, August A. Busch, Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Bob Hope are among his many distinguished achievements, and demonstrate the range of Mr. Wiegand’s talent.  Wiegand sculptures can be found in over 500 private collections and numerous public installations throughout the U.S. and Europe; including the White House, Boston’s J.F. Kennedy Library, the Museo de America in Spain and the Vatican.  Regional commissions include Buzz Westfall’s Memorial in Clayton, MO; the MTS Donor Memorial Monument at Highlands Park in St. Louis; the Winston Churchill Memorial Plaza at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo; and the life-sized bronzes of children in the Missouri Botanical Garden.

In addition to his studio, Mr. Wiegand started the Wiegand Foundation.  This foundation was established to create, collect, and make available to patriotic, civic, and educational organizations works of art memorializing notable accomplishments by individuals and organizations in the areas of national defense, science, technology, and health and human services.  As a result of the foundation’s work, the Spirit of Hope Award was founded.  The Spirit of Hope Award is presented for outstanding service to the United States of America. It is awarded to men and women of the United States Armed Forces, entertainers and other distinguished Americans and organizations whose patriotism and service reflects that of Mr. Bob Hope.

Presentation topic (with David Allen):  “Collaborative Design: Visual Artists + Landscape Architects = a Greater Sum
Historically, the interaction between artists and landscape architects has been to site freestanding works of sculpture into environments that best compliment the artwork: scale, texture, color, site-lines, access, etc., to obtain maximum beauty and impact for all concerned.  This presentation will look at how artists and architects can take that interaction to the next level, both aesthetically and professionally. Examples of successful artist / landscape architect project partnerships will be shared.


Jon WingoJon WingoMissouri Prairie Foundation; Grow Native, Jefferson City, MO
Jon has dedicated his career protecting native plant communities while establishing and maintaining new plant communities around unique site conditions.  Jon currently serves as President of the Missouri Prairie Foundation.  The Foundation’s mission is to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education and research.

In addition to his leadership with the Missouri Prairie Foundation, Jon founded DJM Ecological Services in Florissant, Missouri in 1987.  DJM Ecological Services provides comprehensive natural area restoration and management services for native plant communities of rare beauty and ecological value.  DJM employs a professional staff specializing in native plant production and ecology, arboriculture, landscape ecology, wetland and riparian mitigation, soil bioengineering, weed ecology, erosion control, restoration techniques, and wildlife biology.  DJM has a full range of customized and specialized equipment to can handle projects from restoring the wetlands and savannas  to creating complex wetlands for contamination removal from industrial waste water.

Presentation topic (with Carol Davit):  “Establishment of Native Plant Communities in the Urban Interface”
A great resource for landscape architects is the Missouri Prairie Foundation and its mission to protect and restore prairie and other native grassland communities through acquisition, management, education and research.  Their marketing and education program, Grow Native!, helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their effective use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes.  Grow Native’s goals and objectives, tools to support the design community, and recent transition from the Missouri Department of Conservation to the Missouri Prairie Foundation will be discussed.  Several case studies of prairie establishment and restoration will also be presented.  Common design and installation pitfalls will be discussed to achieve successful projects from seed.

 

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