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Education Session - Panel Format

MON-C07 - Alt-Practice Outside the LA Studio: Exploring the Breadth of the Profession

Monday, October 23
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Landscape architects are systems integrators in a world with ample specialization and deductive thinking. To unlock the strength beyond the private design firm and open space projects, we will focus on four careers demonstrating the real impact of landscape architects and explore how it can be applied “outside the studio.”

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Betsy Anderson

Landscape architect
National Park Service

Betsy Anderson, Associate ASLA, is a landscape architect for the National Park Service in Seattle, where she provides technical support in design and planning to parks along the West Coast and in the Pacific Islands. In 2014 she completed a master of landscape architecture from the University of Washington, receiving the Graduate School Distinguished Thesis Award and a 2015 ASLA student honor award for her thesis on Dumbarton Oaks Park. She has held landscape history fellowships with the National Trust in Britain, served as the garden historian for Edith Wharton’s estate in Massachusetts, and writes for Landscape Architecture Magazine.


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Sean Batty

Director, Stations and Guideways Department, Capital Projects Division

Sean Batty, ASLA, is the Director of the Portland Oregon regional transit agency’s (TriMet) Stations and Guideways Department. His 20 year career, including 4 in the private sector, has focused on urban projects with particular emphasis on design/construction project management, transit/transportation and urban landscape architectural design. Prior roles at TriMet include Corridor Design Manager (lead for conceptual design including for the Orange Line), acting as Project Manager on dozens’ of TM projects, as well as acting as TriMet’s Project Landscape Architect. Sean was the first Landscape Architect directly employed by TriMet.


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Barbara Deutsch

Executive Director
Landscape Architecture Foundation

Barbara Deutsch, FASLA is the Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) since 2009. She has a diverse background in both the private and not-for-profit sector bringing ten years of award-winning marketing experience from IBM before making a career change to become a landscape architect. This experience was influential in the development of LAF’s transformative research initiative, the Landscape Performance Series. Prior to LAF, Barbara worked on re-greening cities from Hong Kong to Washington, DC, serving most recently as Associate Director for BioRegional’s OnePlanet Communities program to deliver Zero-Carbon, Zero-Waste, Livable communities, and Senior Director of Casey Trees.


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Pamela Galera

City of Anaheim

Pamela Galera, City of Anaheim, has skillfully designed and executed multidisciplinary projects including community centers, libraries, golf courses, parks, open spaces, trails and bikeways. She believes strongly that a well-designed, integrated and meaningful public environment is essential to the wellbeing of all residents. She has promoted future practitioners through local emerging professional and mentoring programs. Through her collaborative efforts, she has had a positive impact on policy makers, allied professionals, colleagues and the communities of Southern California. Most recently, Galera has been working to expand the Santa Ana River urban interface with a network of natural habitats and trails.


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MON-C07 - Alt-Practice Outside the LA Studio: Exploring the Breadth of the Profession

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