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4 CEUs & a Beer: The New York City Waterfront: Planning and Practice


Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 1:00 pm EDT
Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 4:30 pm EDT




Start: Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 1:00 pm EDT
End: Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 4:30 pm EDT




The New York City Waterfront Planning and Practice spotlights the unique process of designing and planning a resilient waterfront through the lens of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. With the ongoing risks of climate change, coastal cities around the world are met with the challenge of sea level rise. The extensive knowledge from our four speakers will bring a better understanding of the design process and implementation of New York City’s waterfronts. Join us on March 25th for an exciting discussion on waterfront design, as we learn how New York City’s local landscape architecture is setting a blueprint for waterfront designs around the world to both combat the climate as well as the local issues at stake through the tools of planning and practice.

Due to continuing Covid concerns, this event will be held virtually.  We hope to return to in person when we hold our October 2022 4 CEUs and a beer.


4 CEUs (approved)

Register below.  This is a 2 part registration.  Prior to the event you will get a zoom registration link.  You must complete that in order to get the link to the webinar


Michael Marrella, AICP, Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, New York City Department of City Planning 

NYC’s New Waterfront Plan: Impacting Site Design

Michael Marrella is responsible for directing waterfront policy for the agency and oversees the agency’s resiliency planning portfolio. He advises the City Planning Commission on the planning issues affecting waterfront and open space areas, and acts as the primary liaison to stakeholders including elected officials, community organizations, and private sector entities on matters of land use and economic development related to waterfront and open space. Michael is also the chief administrator of the City’s Waterfront Revitalization Program, the City’s coastal zone management program. Michael led the City’s effort to create the past two Comprehensive Waterfront Plans, released in 2011 and 2021, which lay out the City’s vision for the waterfront for the next decade and beyond. Michael has also taught waterfront planning and climate resiliency in the graduate planning programs at Hunter College and the Pratt Institute. 


Michael Koontz, PLA, Urban Design & Waterfront Planning Practice Leader, GEI

Resiliency Re-examined: Challenging the assumptions of Resiliency and its relationship with Waterfront Design.

Michael Koontz is a landscape architect based in New York City. As the Senior Urban Design/Waterfront Planning Practice Leader for GEI Consultants, and from previous experience, he has led design teams for high-profile public waterfront and urban design spaces regionally, nationally, and internationally. His work has been highly collaborative and has always adhered to the highest standard of resiliency and sustainability.


Ken Smith, FASLA  Ken Smith Workshop

Waterfront Defense: Two Case Studies

Ken Smith is a landscape architect based in New York City. His practice explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture, and the environment.  He is committed to creating landscapes and public spaces that improve the quality of urban life.


Donna Walcavage, FASLA, ENV-SP, Landscape Architect, Principal, Stantec

The Changing Nature of NYC’s 520 Mile Waterfront

Donna Walcavage has focused on the planning and design of public realm spaces across New York City.  Streetscapes, urban waterfront redevelopment, bikeway and pedestrian facilities and public open spaces have been key areas of her practice. Donna’s advocacy for the profession of landscape architecture as a partner to engineering solutions demonstrated that good design alters the public perception of projects. Her current projects   include a Shoreline Protection Plan for Tottenville, Staten Island and  the East Midtown Greenway, which is currently being built on a new structure outboard of the East River edge



Tricia Martin RLA, LEED AP, Associate Principal Local Office Landscape and Urban Design

Tricia leads complex, urban projects ranging in scale from the region to a small lot. Collaboration, ecology, and the unique qualities of a place are the principles that drive her approach. Tricia has taught urban design at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and landscape architecture studios at City College of New York. She is regularly asked to speak about issues related to green infrastructure and landscape architecture and is also a past-president of the ASLA-NY Chapter


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