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ASLA-NY & Victor Stanley: Economic Resilience: Overcoming Financial Uncertainty in Landscape Architecture


Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm EDT


Start: Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm EDT
End: Thursday, June 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm EDT

Resilience is a term that most Landscape Architects are familiar with, especially when thinking about issues surrounding climate change. For example, we consider our coastlines in the face of sea level rise, and impervious urban space with regard to increased storm severity and flood risk. Our economic climate also undergoes periods of upheaval and we as Landscape Architects, designers and emerging professionals must also be agile in our ability to adapt to these dynamic and sometimes unpredictable forces.

This panel on economic resilience is assembled with three Landscape Architects and designers who will share their individual stories and perspectives as practitioners and entrepreneurs. They will outline how they have adapted to specific economic obstacles, and speak to their insight on becoming more resilient as professionals in developing survival strategies for uncertain economic times.  Please join us for the conversation.

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Thomas Tavella, Thomas R. Tavella, PLA, FASLA, LEED ®AP  Schmidt Design Group Inc.

Mr. Tavella has more than 30 years of experience in land use planning, landscape architecture and urban design.  Tom is the East Coast Studio director, for Schmidt Design Group Inc. a firm that strives to create positive change by design.  This has become the driving force behind the firm, as we take pride in producing designs which are creative and artistic, as well as sustainable and economically feasible. We are most fulfilled when our work improves the quality of life within community and creates a positive environmental legacy. 

He has a diverse portfolio of award-winning projects from across the nation. Tom’s projects consistently embraced the philosophies and technologies of sustainable design. He is a recognized leader in complete streets and green infrastructure. 

Tom has also dedicated much of his time to advancing the profession of Landscape Architecture. He is a past National Vice President of communications and a past President of American Society of Landscape Architects 


Greg Marett, ASLA, RLA, ISA, Principal Owner – Bayview Landscape Architecture

Greg Marett, Registered Landscape Architect is the owner of Bayview Landscape Architecture, PC with offices in Long Island City and East Hampton, New York. Greg graduated Cornell University’s Landscape Architecture program with honors during which time he spent four months studying the inspiring landscapes and architecture of Europe while attending the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Bayview Landscape Architecture, PC was founded in 2006 and is an award winning multidisciplinary landscape architecture design and project management firm. They are proud to boast a diverse client list including residential homeowners, municipal decision makers and affordable housing development teams. The firm was founded on the principal of quality projects over mass quantity and a very deep sense of ecological responsibility as stewards of the land. Greg lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with his wife and two children.


Samuel Robinson, President and Principal Designer – Field Form

Samuel Robinson is the principle designer and owner of Field Form, a landscape design and build firm based in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He has studied alpine plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens and metalworking at Pratt, the short story at Hertford College, Oxford and literature at SUNY New Paltz. Recognizing the importance of participation in landscapes, Field Form focuses on accessing the human dimensions in green spaces by exemplifying beauty and function through maintenance in their practice.  Among our firm’s interests are the building of rain gardens and greenhouses on residential and public property. Our company aims to facilitate a broader culture that is inclusive of art & environment on a local scale, through the use of local materials, a collectively trained labor force and neighborhood residential outreach. 



Emma Skalka, Hon. ASLA | Vice President of Sales and Marketing – Victor Stanley, Inc.

Emma Skalka is a native Swede with degrees from the University of Umea, Sweden and UCLA. She practiced Financial and Human Resources Management for 10 years before joining Victor Stanley, Inc. in 2007, where she is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Victor Stanley, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of site and street furniture, markets its products in all fifty states and exports to more than twenty other countries. Ms. Skalka has built close relationships with landscape architects throughout the world bringing together alternate visions so that valuable information is shared within the landscape architecture profession. She resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her son and has a daughter in Nepal.

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