Resilient Design

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-D02 - Advocacy Through Design

Monday, October 23
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

1.5 PDH, LA CES/non-HSW, AIA/non-HSW, AICP, FL, NY/non-HSW

In this challenging time, effective and innovative landscape architecture should champion community-driven design and ecological planning to progress positive change. This session examines the efforts of landscape architects alongside those of non-profits, municipalities, and community groups that have advocated for social and environmental justice while capturing the imagination of the public.

Learning Objectives:

Margot Jacobs

Mia Lehrer + Associates

Drawing on her background in art, research, and design, Margot’s approach to placemaking combines strategic thinking, community engagement, and sustainable practices to enhance environments and promote meaningful connections. Margot's experience ranges in scale from planning regional and site specific water mitigation systems, civic facilities, and public parks, to designing roof gardens, streetscapes, and residences in the US, Central, and South America. Committed to work that improves quality of life, she is active in water conservation, environmental justice, and pro-bono efforts. Margot earned her Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.


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Diane Jones Allen

Principal Landscape Architect
DesignJones LLC

Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., PLA, ASLA has years of experience in land planning, park design, and community development. She is Program Director for Landscape Architecture, the College of Architecture Planning, and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington. Diane is on the Board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and was a member of the Urban Design Architecture Review Panel, Baltimore, Maryland. She is Principal Landscape Architect with DesignJones LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her research explores, equity and sustainability in cultural landscapes, including “Transit Deserts,” places of limited access, as discuss in her book “Lost in the Transit Desert”.


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Kathleen King

Landscape Architect
Design Workshop

Kathleen King, a landscape architect and urban designer at Design Workshop’s Denver office, brings her experience in community design and engagement, urban planning, and landscape architecture to creatively tackle new challenges and projects. Curating the latest environmental technologies and design best practices, Kathleen pushes her projects to achieve their greatest value for the communities who live in and around the sites with which she works. Kathleen is the Chair the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Professional Practice Network on Environmental Justice and serves on the Board of Directors for the Art Students League of Denver.


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Jennifer Toy

Design Director
Kounkuey Design Initiative

Jennifer is Co-Founder and Design Director of Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI). KDI is a design and community development nonprofit that partners with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in neighborhoods and cities through research, advocacy, programming and built-works. KDI is located in Nairobi, Stockholm and Los Angeles. Jennifer holds an A.B. in History and Science, an M.U.P. in Urban Planning and M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.


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MON-D02 - Advocacy Through Design

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