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Landscape Architecture Practice in a Time of Physical Distancing

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Recording from live webinar on 3/27/20


Landscape Architecture Practice in a Time of Physical Distancing

The rapid changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have left us all scrambling to adapt. For design firms, physical distancing measures have altered the way landscape architects work, communicate, and collaborate with coworkers, clients, contractors, and community.

LAF convened this candid conversation with three landscape architecture principals from a small, mid-sized, and global interdisciplinary firm to hear about the changes they’re seeing and techniques they’ve implemented to maintain communication, productivity, and morale. The panelists also speculated about longer-term (non-financial) impacts of this period that might affect the type of work that landscape architects do and how they do it. The webinar concluded with an audience Q&A to allow for further exchange of tips, ideas, and perspectives for how to stay healthy, creative, and productive in these unprecedented circumstances.



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Brian Jencek
Director of Planning, HOK
Brian is the Global Director of HOK’s Planning practice, leading 75 city planners, urban designers, landscape architects and environmental scientists in studios located around the world.


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Signe Nielsen, FASLA
Founding Principal, MNLA
MNLA  advances resilience and equity across a range of public and not-for-profit projects. Signe is particularly engaged in projects that seek to change outmoded policies through advocacy, design, and research.


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Rebecca Bradley
Co-Founder and Design Principal, Cadence
Rebecca leads strategic development for Cadence, directs day-to-day operations, and performs as project design lead for a variety of project types. Throughout her practice, she works toward the triple bottom line.



Audience Q&A with Rebecca's and Signe's responses (PDF)

Key Takeaways and Additional Resources (PDF)

Transcript (PDF)

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