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ASLANY – BIPOC Dialogue with Elizabeth Kennedy and Amber Betances


Monday, March 11, 2024 @ 6:30 pm EDT
Monday, March 11, 2024 @ 7:30 pm EDT






Start: Monday, March 11, 2024 @ 6:30 pm EDT
End: Monday, March 11, 2024 @ 7:30 pm EDT



The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) at ASLA-NY presents an exciting new Quarterly Webinar Series with the focus on the work, career, service and leadership of prominent and lesser known BIPOC professionals.  Set in a dialogue format between an established and an emerging BIPOC professionals, the webinar aims to highlight and celebrate the diversity of our landscape architecture community and advocate the talents and contributions of the BIPOC members.

This year we will be celebrating the practices of recently elevated BIPOC Fellows at ASLA-NY: Elizabeth Kennedy, FASLA, Richard Alomar, FASLA, and Taewook Cha, FASLA.

This inaugural BIPOC Webinar Series features Elizabeth Kennedy, FASLA, of Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect and Amber Betances, Assistant Landscape Architect at NYC Parks.

Elizabeth Kennedy, FASLA, RLA, NYCOBA-NOMA | Principal, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect

Elizabeth J Kennedy, FASLA, RLA, is the 2022 recipient of the Landscape Architecture Foundation Medal, which honors a career of distinguished work in landscape sustainability. The medal award follows her 2021 elevation to the ASLA Council of Fellows and recognizes her efforts to intersect cultural heritage and ecology in socially just ways. Deemed “an exceptional leader, visionary, entrepreneur, advocate for social change, designer, teacher, and mentor to young professional women and BIPOC designers,” she heads EKLA, which she founded in 1994. The work she directs quietly challenges mainstream assumptions about the aspirations and needs of underrepresented voices in the face of systems and biases that have long dispossessed the less powerful of spaces and rendered the people who use them invisible. In countering this invisibility, her projects exemplify landscape architecture’s potential to engage a broader critical understanding of place and identity.

She is nationally recognized for her insight into working landscapes and cultural sites development, and is a highly sought jurist, panelist, and speaker on topics pertaining to sustainability, the natural environment, social history, and regenerative urban design. She brings to each of her firm’s projects more than four decades’ experience as a designer/builder/educator, an empathic approach to stakeholder engagement, and an old-school, iterative take on site-driven problem-solving: EKLA’s numerous awards for design excellence, innovative sustainability, historic preservation, and interpretive site management reflect her thoughtful, highly disciplined, and minimally invasive approach to landscape architecture.

Amber Betances | Assistant Landscape Architect, NYC Parks; 2022 ASLA-NY DEI Grant Recipient
Amber L Betances graduated from Rutgers with a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture in 2017. As an assistant landscape architect for NYC Parks, she focuses on creating safe and accessible spaces for all ages and abilities. Her passion for environmental justice began during a conference she attended during her junior year. Robert Bullard’s lecture helped inform her decision to focus her career on community-based design and increasing accessibility to equitable green spaces. Her optimism runs deep in designers’ capacity to help cultivate a greater consciousness for more vibrant and healthy communities.

This event is free, but registration is required. Please register below.



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