Transportation / Intermodality / Complete Streets
3 PDH, LA CES/HSW, FL, NY/HSW
The Westside cities have embraced bike culture and invested in parks over the past decade. Join the Landscape Architects Ride on a coastal bike ride from Santa Monica to the Ballona Creek Wetlands, with educational stops featuring cycle tracks, urban parks, the beach bike path, Venice canals, the marina, and wetlands.
$130 per person; includes transportation, bike/helmut rentals, bottled water. Extensive bike riding and walking.
Senior Design Associate
Alta Planning + Design
Emily Duchon is a Senior Design Associate at Alta Planning + Design. For 10 years, she has been helping communities design and implement innovative active transportation solutions, taking projects from master plans through concept design and construction. Emily’s creativity, energy, and experience in ecological design give her the tools to create vibrant public spaces and transportation networks. Emily has been working with the City of Santa Monica to help improve access and user experience on the world-class Beach Trail since 2011.
Trent Okumura, ASLA
Associate, SWA, Los Angeles, California
Trent Okumura has practicing landscape architecture since 1998. He has been involved in many types of landscape projects from planned communities, recreational facilities, public works, to podium design. He enjoys working on all phases of the design but his passion is turning great ideas into constructible features. Since joining SWA, he has worked on a variety of projects from local to international that vary in creativity, complexity, and challenges.
Principal Transportation Planner
Mobility Division, City of Santa Monica
Over 20 years of experience as a Transportation Planner in Southern California on large-scale projects such as the 2001 RTP, the LAX Master Plan, and award-winning Santa Monica Land Use and Circulation Element. Recent work for the City of Santa Monica includes providing planning and design support for the recently opened Colorado Esplanade, California Incline and Ped/Bike Improvements at the City’s largest high school. These projects are all part of helping implement the City of Santa Monica’s Bicycle Action Plan. Walking the talk with her multi-modal lifestyle as a frequent user of bike-share, the Expo Line and local transit.
City Council Member
Culver City Council
Council Member Thomas Aujero Small was elected to the Culver City Council in April 2016 and formerly served as a Cultural Affairs Commissioner. As an architectural writer and consultant, Council Member Small has worked on a wide range of projects, competitions, and awards programs in architecture and urban design, development, sustainable design, and historic preservation in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. At UCLA he taught a course called Sustainability for Organizational Change in the business division of the Global Sustainability Certificate Program. He studied at Yale College, the University of Paris, and Columbia University.
Chief of Park Development
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
Ana Straabe, Chief of Park Development for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, is responsible for identifying, planning, and implementing multiple-benefit natural park projects in urban Los Angeles along the LA River, Ballona Creek, and other waterways. She works directly with local and state partners on park planning needs and funding strategies, and has managed more than $20 million in funds for urban park projects. She has a BA degree in Geography with a focus in Environmental and Urban Planning and has worked for MRCA for 9 years.
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