Landscape Performance Webinar Series
Practice-Based Research: Operationalizing Landscape Performance
Thurs, March 20
1.0 PDH (LA CES)
LAF’s Landscape Performance Webinar Series was created to increase capacity and foster dialogue about landscape performance. These free distance learning opportunities allow attendees to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) after successful completion.
Leading-edge design firms are incorporating landscape performance research into their everyday practice. From SmithGroupJJR’s WaterScore metric to Design Workshop’s measurement tools backpack to OLIN’s Knowledge Base, learn why, how, and what these firms are investing in to gather baseline data, set performance objectives, evaluate and disseminate performance of built projects.
- Explore examples of small and large firms incorporating landscape performance research into everyday practice.
- Understand how considering performance throughout the design/development process leads to more sustainable outcomes.
- Learn how designers can use post-occupancy evaluations to achieve the SITES monitoring credit 9.1
- Examine the opportunities and challenges associated with practice-based research.
Allyson Mendenhall, PLA, Design Workshop
Allyson is an Associate in the Denver office of Design Workshop, an urban design, planning and landscape architecture firm with six offices in the U.S. She directs the firm’s Legacy Design initiative, which sets comprehensive sustainable agendas for projects and seeks measureable economic, environmental, community and aesthetic outcomes. In this role, she develops tools and practice models, and she promotes and teaches the methodology across the firm’s six offices. Allyson is distinguished for her project leadership of large-scale, complex, multidisciplinary design and planning efforts.
Deb Mitchell, FASLA, PLA, SmithGroupJJR
Deb is a Vice President in the Chicago office of SmithGroupJJR, an 800-person interdisciplinary practice with 9 offices across the U.S. SmithGroupJJR has long been a leader in sustainability, specifically LEED certification, the Living Building Challenge, and 2030 Commitment to net zero. In addition to advancing one three-star SITES pilot project and documenting the performance of six projects for the Landscape Performance Series, the firm rolled out its WaterScore metric in 2013 as a tool to analyze net zero water strategies by capturing both site and building water use and documenting project water cycles.
Skip Graffam, ASLA, PLA, OLIN
Skip is a Partner and Director of Research at OLIN with over 24 years experience in architecture, landscape architecture, and academia. He has designed and managed award-winning projects that include waterfronts, brownfield redevelopments, urban parks, cultural venues, and university campuses and is currently leading the competition-winning effort for Sylvan Theater on the National Mall and a new waterfront design for Alexandria, VA. Prior to becoming a partner at OLIN, Skip served as a faculty member at Temple University. He continues to lecture and serve as a guest critic at Temple, University of Virginia, USC, SCI-Arc, and the University of Pennsylvania.
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