ASLA-NY is launching a plant research initiative for professionals to collectively expand and share our knowledge of NYC plants. The research group, co-lead by Nancy Seaton, Morgan Mangelsen, and Michael Spina, will meet for walks at different locations in NYC. At Pier 26, the first location, we will observe, share and collect data about plants in our built environment.
Topic Research / Additional Info The group is open to both members and non-members who are interested in expanding their knowledge and awareness of plant systems in the profession of landscape architecture. If interested in the event, please email [email protected] to be added to the research google group, where we can share a link with you to sign-up for the walk. The walk is limited to 20 participants.
Research Group Leaders
Nancy Seaton is a Senior Associate at Future Green Studio based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She enjoys engaging with all aspects of landscape, including spatial design, historical research, writing, and work in the field. She has designed a broad variety of projects ranging from urban interventions to residential backyards, from institutional site designs to detailed planting plans. She acts as a plant specialist at Future Green Studio, drawing upon 25 years as a professional horticulturist in New York City, 15 of which she spent as a curator with Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She brings her Horticultural expertise to planting concepts and planting palettes that foreground resiliency and habitat.
Michael Spina, RLA, CERP, is an Associate at SCAPE. Drawing on over a decade of experience in ecological landscape design, he works with project teams to develop strategies that enhance ecosystem structure and function. He is focused primarily on the planning, design and execution of living shorelines and green infrastructure, paying particular attention to waterfront access, soils, streetscapes and habitat restoration.
Morgan Mangelsen is a Landscape Designer at BIG. She is interested in designing the urban environment so that it may participate as an operable component of regional ecosystems and watersheds. Her core interests are urban design and the cultural narratives of water.