2012 Speakers Archive

Shaping Community:  Celebrate Collaborate Create – Kansas City, MO

Thomas BalsleyThomas Balsley, FASLA, Principal– Thomas Balsley Associates
Thomas Balsley is the founder and principal designer of Thomas Balsley Associates, a New York City-based landscape architecture design firm that specializes in urban parks, plazas, and waterfronts in the public realm.  His national and international reputation has been earned over the last 35 years with award-winning high-profile projects and winning design competitions.  His unique style is recognizable for its fusion of artistic forms, textures, and colors with our contemporary culture and lifestyle.  This holistic approach fuses meaningful public involvement, social, cultural, and environmental sustainability with design excellence and has produced extraordinary spaces large and small, provocative and sublime.  New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp wrote: “Balsley has inscribed the place with a dual portrait of nature and culture in modern dress.”

His diverse design portfolio includes the highly-acclaimed Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, Riverside Park South along the Hudson, Peggy Rockefeller Plaza, and Capitol Plaza. In an unexpected gesture of recognition for his contributions to NYC’s public realm, a park he designed on 57th Street in Manhattan was renamed in his honor as Balsley Park.

His award-winning projects spread across the United States and abroad include the Pacific Design Center gardens in Los Angeles, Denver’s Skyline Park, Main Street Garden Park in Dallas, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, and Perk Park in Cleveland, as well as Tokyo’s Gate City and Samsung Foundation’s LeeUm Museum.

Balsley’s speaking, lectures and teaching engagements across the country including at the National Building Museum and Harvard Graduate School of Design have exposed his work to an expanding and admiring audience in the public, design, and academic communities. He is featured in numerous publications throughout the US and abroad including the monograph “Thomas Balsley: The Urban Landscape” by Spacemaker press.


Kate Corwin, Founder – Green Works
In 2005, after a successful career in telecommunications and nine years as an entrepreneur, Kate sold her manufacturing business and began to design the concept for Green Works.  In 2007 she founded the organization, putting her businesses experience back to work, this time as a social entrepreneur in a non-profit model.  But to Kate, the non-profit framework does not change the underlying requirement to produce results, with sound financial management and accountability.  Kate runs Green Works in the same way she ran her for-profit company – lean, targeted and focused on outcomes.

In addition to her work with Green Works, Kate consults in the areas of strategic planning, community organizing and urban redevelopment for clients including LISC and the city of Kansas City, MO.  As an adjunct professor at Rockhurst University Kate recently completed the McMeel Family Faculty Institute on Service-Learning.

Kate has served the community on the Landmarks Commission and the Zoning Steering Committee. She currently serves on the board of MainCor, as a member of the Climate Sustainability Center Steering Committee and as Chair of the 43rd and Main TIF Advisory Board, overseeing $3M in TIF investments.

In 2007 Kate began focusing her activism on environmental issues in Kansas City, Missouri, leading a successful campaign to convince the city to stop using bottled water at city facilities. Kate is currently working with the city to increase recycling at public events, decrease Styrofoam food packaging waste, and create more environmentally friendly maintenance procedures for the banks of Brush Creek.

Kate is a recipient of a 2007 Environmental Excellence Award from Bridging the Gap and was named Eco Activist of the Year for 2009 by The Pitch. She is a member of Kansas City Tomorrow and International Women’s Forum. Kate holds undergraduate degrees in Information Technology and Finance and an MA in Economics.


Chris Dimmick, C.I.D. – Certified Irrigation DesignerRainbird

Chris Dimmick graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture.  He has been involved in all segments of the irrigation industry for 28 years, including installation, distribution and manufacturing.  He’s currently the Area Specifications Manager for the Rain Bird Corporation, a global manufacturer of irrigation equipment.




Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design – Georgia Tech College of Architecture

Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning licensed architect and professor teaching contemporary architectural and urban design studios and theory. As co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs(Wiley & Sons, 2009, updated edition 2011) her work has received significant media attention in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land, Planning, Architectural Record, TEDx and other venues. The book received the 2009 PROSE award for architecture and urban planning from the American Association of Publishers and was featured in Time Magazine’s March 23, 2009 cover story, “10 ideas changing the world right now.”

She has published over 50 articles and 10 chapters in books, consults on urban design projects, and lectures and runs workshops widely. She serves as co-peer review editor for Places Journal and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture fromPrincetonUniversity and taught at UVA and MIT before joining Georgia Tech’s faculty to serve as Director of the Architecture Program from 2001-2009. In 2006-7 she was the Ax:son Johnson Visiting Professor in Sustainable Urbanism at LTH inLund,Sweden and the 2010 Visiting Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development at SFU inVancouver.


Eric Gilbey, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Industry SpecialistVectorworks
Mr. Gilbey is a Landscape Architecture Industry Specialist for Nemetschek Vectorworks, where he utilizes his professional experience and CAD skills to assist in the development, marketing and sales of Vectorworks Landmark. Eric received an AAS degree in Landscape Contracting and Construction and a BS degree in Landscape Architecture from the Ohio State University. He is currently serving as the President with ASLA’s Maryland Chapter, and ASLA’s Professional Practice Committee’s BIM Working Group. Eric’s unique experience as a practicing landscape architect and user of various CAD programs allows him to help landscape architects and designers develop best practices including sustainable site design and site information modeling.


Skip Graffam

Skip Graffam, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP Partner & Director of Research – OLIN

Mr. Graffam’s projects infuse design with contemporary research, addressing the interconnectedness of human settlements and the environment, particularly in urban contexts. He has extensive experience working with multi-disciplinary teams on complex sites to develop solutions that seamlessly integrate landscape, architecture and infrastructure. His current work includes St. Elizabeths Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC; Temple University’s Residential Gateway in Philadelphia; and the Xiamen Huxindao development in Xiamen, China.

As Director of Research, Skip coordinates the development of innovative theory and practice within OLIN and facilitates the studio’s external collaborations with academic institutions, professional groups and government agencies. He directs research that spans the areas of design, digital visualization/animation, materials and construction methodologies.

Skip holds degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Virginia. He recently collaborated with two of his fellow Partners in leading the first-ever landscape architecture studio at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. He is a former Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Temple University and continues to teach and serve as a guest critic at Temple and the University of Pennsylvania.


Susan Hatchell, President – American Society of Landscape Architects
Growing up in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, Susan M. Hatchell, FASLA, was greatly inspired by the monuments, parks, and public spaces that speak so symbolically to the American spirit. The National Mall, the Tidal Basin, Dumbarton Oaks, Rock Creek Park, and so many other places instilled in her a love of great public spaces and how people use them.  She received her MLA at North Carolina State University (NCSU).  She worked as a landscape architect for a county park department prior to opening her own firm in 1994 with a focus on designing parks, universities, and downtown plazas and streetscapes. She taught landscape architecture as an adjunct faculty member at NCSU and continues to be actively involved on the Advisory Board and as a mentor and friend to students.  She has served in numerous positions for the ASLA North Carolina Chapter and ASLA National including vice president of membership from 2007 to 2008, during a time of increased growth in membership and leadership training.


Jeffrey Erwin Huber, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP, Project Designer – UACDC
Mr. Huber is a project designer at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC), and an adjunct assistant professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture, where he teaches upper-division design studios. His work at UACDC focuses on interdisciplinary public work projects that combine ecological, landscape, urban, and architectural design.  The UACDC publication, Low Impact Development: a design manual for urban areas, received the 2011 ASLA Communications Award of Excellence.

Huber’s research, teaching, and design work have garnered numerous national awards, most notably from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Since his own thesis project from the University of Florida was published in Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery by Charles Kibert (Wiley, 2005), Huber has advanced sustainability educational initiatives in agricultural urbanism, green school design, and low impact development.

Prior to teaching, he worked in Miami for Zyscovich Architects, Inc. and with Howard Davis Associates Architects, P.A. in St. Augustine, Fla.  Huber holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with LEED project experience in building design and neighborhood development.

His book, Low Impact Development: A Design Manual for Urban Areas, is a beautifully communicated guideline for creating responsible spaces.  It will be for sale at the conference.


Willow Lundgren, Partner – PlanetReUse
Willow Lundgren is Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at PlanetReuse and InvenQuery.  PlanetReuse makes using reclaimed building materials in new projects effortless.  Since 2008, the firm has expertly matched commercial materials with designers, builders and owners to save projects money, earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) efforts and sustain the planet.

PlanetReuse is beta testing InvenQuery, a technology platform that automates and integrates inventory management with online, real-time sales systems, for one-of-a-kind retail and vertical markets.  The first of many target markets to use the InvenQuery system is the national network of over 1,100 residential construction reuse centers (e.g. Habitat for Humanity ReStores).

An international marketing, business development and clean technology entrepreneur, Willow brings Fortune 500 B2C & B2B marketing experience to InvenQuery, as well as experience building more than a dozen technology companies.  Willow has contributed to the successful acquisition of two technology companies (by J.D. Power and eBay).

Passionate about sustainability  — aligning business success with social and environmental goals – Willow is “Leading & Learning for Sustainability” certified through Peter Senge’s Society of Organizational Learning.  She helps organizations engage internal and external stakeholders to create systemic change.   She is a public speaker on themes of social entrepreneurship, and how private industry can use principles of sustainability to cut waste, reduce cost, improve efficiency, spark innovation, enhance brand value and employee morale.

Speaking and media credits include: FOX Business News, the Chief Strategy Officer Summit, Oxfam’s Ethiopian National Agricultural Learning Event, Digital Hollywood, The Reuse Alliance, Word of Mouth Marketing Organization, American Marketing Association, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Direct Marketing Association.


Thomas Oslund, FASLA, FAAR, Principal – Oslund and Associates
Mr. Oslund graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is principal of his own landscape architecture firm with offices in Minneapolis and Chicago. His work has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects, American Institute of Architects, and in 1992 he was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture.  As founder and design director, Tom’s role is very interactive to ensure that the functional, practical and aesthetic elements of the design are achieved.  Tom’s interest in art and his passion for design is fueled by a commitment to excellence and innovation.  Tom brings over 20 years of experience at a variety of project scales from 800-acre master planning efforts to a 5000-square foot rooftop garden.  His belief in the collaborative process of working closely with clients, architects, engineers, fabricators and artists have yielded positive results and international recognition as an innovator when it comes to solving complex site design challenges.


Richard Roark, RLA, ASLA, LEED® AP BD+C, Principal – Olin
Richard’s practice spans a range of scales and typologies, including complex projects such as the new U.S. Embassy in London, Dilworth Plaza in Philadelphia, and a 600-acre quarry and corporate headquarters in Southern Texas. More recently, Richard played an integral role in OLIN’s award-winning entry for the Living City Design Competition, in which the team crafted long-term green infrastructure master plan for the neighborhoods of Brewerytown and North Central in Philadelphia. He is also an active participant in public design advocacy as a member of Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative (CDC). Richard has been recognized as an outstanding CDC volunteer for his work on the Palumbo Park Concept Plan and the Growing Minds volunteer initiative, a design-build project made in collaboration with the students of Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School in southwest Philadelphia.

Richard began his studies in landscape architecture at Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design and then a Master of Landscape Architecture. He first joined OLIN in 2001 upon receiving his Master of Community Planning, also from Auburn University. He has served as an invited guest juror at Arizona State University, Auburn University, Temple University and Philadelphia University, and is a past member of Auburn University’s Landscape Advisory Council.


Ted H. Spaid, RLA, CLARB, ASLA, Principal – SWT Design
Ted is known around the country for his practical knowledge of park planning, landscape design, horticulture, environmental planning and landscape maintenance procedures.  He is well respected by clients and peers, providing a unique vision for every landscape architectural design project.  His landscape design talents are sought out by many public and private institutions seeking to delight and immerse visitors into their unique environments.  Prior to founding SWT Design with Jim Wolterman, Ted was an Associate Landscape Architect with HOK for eleven years, working on Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Burger King World Headquarters, in addition to many other projects.  He was also a Landscape Gardener at the Missouri Botanical Gardens providing grounds maintenance.  He is a cum laude graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture.

SWT’s work on Novus International Headquarters  Campus is a 3=star rated Sustainable Sites Initiative project, making it the highest rated landscape project in the world.

Anne Trumble
Director – Emerging Terrain
Ms. Trumble is founder and director of the nonprofit research and design collaborative, Emerging Terrain, based in Omaha, NE.  She received her BS in Horticulture / Landscape Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her MLA from The University of British Columbia.  She has also studied in Cuba and Japan.  She currently teaches at Columbia University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Trumble discovered a fascination with political and community process while designing and building public landscapes in New York City.  Anne grew up on a farm outside of Omaha. She has traveled, studied, and practiced landscape architecture around the world, but always finds the most interest in the landscapes of Nebraska.  Recent work of Emerging Terrains includes a 24,000 sf public mural on a vacant concrete elevator with a focus on land use, food, and agriculture.  Future projects will include engaging the public on the topics of transportation, big box retail, and freeway interchanges.


Sueanne WareDr. Sueanne Ware, Professor – School of Architecture and Design at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in Australia.
Dr. Ware received her BSLA from Colorado State University, an MLA from the University of California at Berkeley, and her PhD from RMIT University.  Her practice work is focused on design activism; particularly temporary memorials which are deeply political.  This year, Dr. Ware and Julian Raxworthy published “Sunburnt: Australian Practices of Landscape Architecture.”  The book features contemporary Australian landscape architectural design projects from the last ten years and aims to promote discussion and different ways of thinking about landscape architectural practice in Australia.  Dr. Ware’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications and she has been the recipient of many international awards.  Some of her memorial work includes, The Anti-Memorial to Heroin Overdose Victims, The ‘Road-as-Shrine’, and The SEIVX Memorial.



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