Campus Planning & Design

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-D06 - Beyond Management: Stormwater as an Asset on the Urban Campus

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


As large landowners in cities, universities are uniquely positioned to be leaders in innovative stormwater practices and to leverage the regulatory environment for implementation. This panel explores the challenges and opportunities of stormwater management on three urban campuses—Tulane, Georgetown, and Virginia Tech.

Learning Objectives:

Laura G. Marett

Senior Associate, Landscape Architect

Laura is a landscape architect practicing in Sasaki’s urban and campus studios. She has a particular interest in the design of urban public spaces through an engaged public process and the issues of social and environmental justice in the landscape. Her work at Sasaki includes landscape design and planning for cities and campuses, with an emphasis on resiliency. Laura maintains a close connection to the academic community, and has taught in recent years at Northeastern University, the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design.


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Christina T. Carlisle

Campus Planner
Tulane University

Christina joined the office of Planning, Design, and Construction at Tulane University as a Campus Planner in 2014. Tulane's University Master Plan has been the major project during that time where she worked with Sasaki to develop comprehensive approach to stormwater management through strategic landscape projects on the uptown campus. Her previous work in the private sector focused on campus planning and design at HGOR in Atlanta, GA and Grimball Cotterill in Columbia, SC. She is a native of South Louisiana and received her bachelor degree of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in 2006.


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Zachary Chrisco

Principal, Civil Engineer

Zach Chrisco is a civil engineering principal at Sasaki. He leads a group of engineers that are integrated into Sasaki’s design process by providing technical rigor and pushing the boundaries of sustainable and resilient design. His practice includes some of Sasaki’s most complex site work and a broad array of projects that integrate architecture, landscape architecture and civil engineering. He is passionate about the integration and utilization of natural systems as means of managing stormwater as is demonstrated in many of his recent built projects.


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Jason P. Soileau

University Architect & Assistant Vice President
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Jason is from Baton Rouge, La and earned his BLA and MPA with a focus on Environmental Management from LSU. He worked in the private sector and then AD Planning at LSU where he worked to improve the overall campus experience. In 2012, Jason accepted a position with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia as the University Architect and AVP for Planning. Jason oversees all architectural, transportation, and space planning.

Jason and his wife Delin have 3 children and he enjoys outdoor activities to include hiking, "Jeepin'", and sitting by the fire with the guitar and a beer.


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MON-D06 - Beyond Management: Stormwater as an Asset on the Urban Campus

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