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Onward: Landscape Architecture Leaders Contemplate the Year Ahead

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Onward: Landscape Architecture Leaders Contemplate the Year Ahead

The year 2020 was unlike any we’ve known. While many in the built environment disciplines have speculated about what the future will bring, it remains to be seen how norms and expectations will change – and how designers and their clients will continue to evolve and adapt.

What lies ahead for landscape architecture? How can we build on the lessons learned from this extraordinary year? What can we carry forward, and what will we be perfectly happy to leave behind?

With the new year underway, LAF convened four landscape architecture leaders from a variety of practices to share their reflections, predictions, and aspirations in an open conversation. Hear their thoughts on the state of design practice and education, pressing issues, emerging opportunities, and the evolving nature of what landscape architects do and how they do it.



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Sierra Bainbridge
Senior Principal & Managing Director, MASS Design Group
An architect, licensed landscape architect, and educator, Sierra oversees MASS’s landscape architecture department and the design and implementation of MASS’s projects in the United States and Africa.

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Alexa Bush
Urban Design Director, East Region, City of Detroit Planning Department
Alexa manages a team of planners and designers responsible for planning and implementing neighborhood development and landscape infrastructure projects on Detroit's east side.

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Po Chen
Vice President, BrightView Landscapes
Po's corporate leadership skills and 20+ years’ business and strategic planning experience in the design and construction industry have proven instrumental in the rapid and profitable growth of the country’s top landscape design/build practice.

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Diane Jones Allen
Program Director and Professor of Landscape Architecture, UT Arlington
Principal Landscape Architect, DesignJones LLC

Diane's research and practice are guided by the intersection of environmental justice, identity, and sustainability in cultural landscapes. She co-edited Design for Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity.



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