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4 CEUs & a Beer: Materials Matter


Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 1:30 pm EDT
Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EDT




Start: Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 1:30 pm EDT
End: Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EDT

ASLA-NY’s semi annual 4 CEUs & a Beer – October 22nd

Materials Matter: Wood, Metal, Stone and Concrete spotlights the creative and functional ways materials are used in public and private designs. Often overlooked materials are the “mitochondria” of the design world and are used as tools to help further improve both the social and natural environment. The session will demonstrate the potency in advancing new forms of urbanism, streetscape design, and spatial activation through materials. With the extensive knowledge from our four speakers, there will be a better understanding of the design process and implementation of wood, metal, stone and concrete within the scope of Landscape Architecture!

Join us virtually on October 22nd  for an exciting discussion about materials!  Join us to continue the discussion at a virtual happy hour to follow.



Matthew Houser – QCP Concrete.  Matthew is Eastern Territory Sales Manager with QCP and believes a common industry challenge is navigating the many channels of communication between entities involved on each project. Matthew’s portfolio of work ranges from the Chicago River Walk, to mixed-use developments in Qatar to complex luxury residential design work along the East Coast. As a Chicago Native, Matthew will begin his journey with the Midwest market while ultimately relocating to New York City. ‘I have always had the desire to live and work in another city, outside of my comfort bubble in Chicago. QCP could not have presented me with a more motivating and enticing career opportunity to embark on.”

Declan Kerr- Cold Spring.  Declan is an experienced Regional Sales Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the building materials industry most recently with Cold Spring Quarries. Declan is well versed in the fact that for a variety of civil construction applications, natural stone provides an environmentally responsible alternative to concrete, composites, and other commonly used materials. Declan has  offered free online, certified courses in partnership with other leaders in the stone industry to help the design community increase their knowledge and competitive edge. He is graduated from Pace University.

Jordan Russin President Rissin Lumber-Themory NE Distributor.  Jordan is  co-President of Russin, a leading supplier of wood siding and decking products based in New York. With expertise ranging from traditional materials such as Western Red Cedar and Ipe to the growing world of thermally modified wood products, Jordan’s company can speak agnostically about material choices and guide stakeholders to the best materials for their visual aesthetic and budget. Russin also provides in-house custom milling and finishing services, and recognizes that the choice of finishes can drive material aesthetics and performance just as significantly as the raw material selection. Jordan has been in the industry for 20 years and brings a personal passion for design and performance to his discussions with clients in helping them make appropriate choices for their projects.

Dillon Johnson – Senior Project Manager Situ.nyc.  Dillon joined SITU Fabrication in 2014. As a Senior Project Manager he leads the process of translating a design concept into buildable drawings and manages the production and installation of unique architectural features. Dillon specializes in design–build management with past projects including groundbreaking work for the Brooklyn Public Library, which culminated in a modular system to transform the library’s community spaces for ever-changing programs and audiences. He is currently managing a project to develop and fabricate outdoor reclaimed wood furnishings for a tech campus in California. Dillon holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture summa cum laude from the University of Illinois, with a minor in Communication.

Celine Armstrong -Project leader for the design and construction of Little Island, a $250M public park pier built in the Hudson River. Hired and oversaw the construction management team for successful project execution, All the while managing cost and schedule for a $250M design and construction budget. Provided risk management based on field conditions and provide mitigation strategies that allowed construction to continue. Also coordinated project to support state agency during the permitting process and presented to various boards to obtain project approval. Reviewed Construction Documents- Redlined over 200 pages of design drawings. As a team bulder Celineh ired remaining design consultants and internal owner management team.


Al Key- Vice President DeepRoot Green Infrastructure

Mr. Key has been involved in the green industry for 29 years as an owner of DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, LLC. Together with his partners, he co-invented the SilvaCell® and has received several patents for his inventions which address trees and storm water management in the urban setting. As Vice President he established a representative network nationwide, set up major distributorships, and has been instrumental on projects such as Lincoln Center, Yankee Stadium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center and most recently, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s SOMA Center at Kendall Square in Cambridge MA. Mr. Key is a Board Member of Trees NY, a Bronze Level Sponsor of the American Chestnut Foundation, a Forestry Committee member of the Wantastiquet Trout Club, and an Affiliate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


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