Green Roofs / Green Walls

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-A04 - Beyond Decoration: The Story of Water in Green Roof and Green Wall Design

Sunday, October 22
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Harnessing water infrastructure, both regional and building specific, planted surfaces contribute to environmental health, reduce operating costs, and provide a powerful expression of place. This seminar will demonstrate the risks and rewards of investing in planted surface solutions as techniques for planting infrastructure evolve to become expressive elements in environmental design.

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Brent Jacobsen

ASLA, Senior Associate
Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Brent specializes in bringing sustainable solutions like green roofs, green walls, and rainwater harvesting to urban sites. Much of his work for Rios Clementi Hale Studios has been in the public realm, be it a civic park, a courthouse landscape, or a programmable retail plaza. He has also designed for private sector projects, and is able to switch between different types such as religious institutions, retail developments, or office complexes, with ease. An active member of the ASLA, Brent has served on the National Emerging Professionals Committee and on the Committee on Education.


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Naseema Asif

Architect, Senior Associate
Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Naseema is a Senior Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, where she has been the Project Architect on commercial and institutional projects ranging from a community center in Playa Vista to the transformation of a 1980s office park into creative office space. These projects track an ongoing exploration into the integration of tools from architecture and landscape architecture to shape spaces that respond to the unique relationship between a proposed program and the site’s environment.


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Paul Kephart

President, CEO, Principal Ecologist + Designer
Rana Creek Living Architecture

A trained landscape architect and dedicated ecologist, Paul Kephart has over twenty years of diverse experience in the field of ecological design. Positioned as one of the leading consultants on sustainable landscapes, green roofs, living walls, and integrated water systems in the Western Hemisphere, Paul applies ecological design alternatives to conventional development through vegetative building systems. He is recognized as one of the top horticulture experts in North America, designing ‘living systems’ dedicated to improving watershed management, building performance, and ecosystem services.


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Benjamin Shepherd

Atelier Ten


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SUN-A04 - Beyond Decoration: The Story of Water in Green Roof and Green Wall Design

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