Campus Planning & Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-A01 - Climate Change and the Quad: Resiliency as Catalysts to Building Campus Landscape

Friday, October 20
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Three campus landscape architects from major public institutions will share current guiding policy and sustainable design progress in response to climate change. In a moderated format, their stories will highlight successes, challenges, and the surprising opportunities that resiliency planning offers to the design and management of campus landscapes.

Learning Objectives:

John R. Gibbs


John is a landscape architect and urban designer with over 20 years of experience. He shares WRT’s deep commitment to environmentally rooted planning and design excellence. His work reflects his belief that open space infrastructure, landscaped plazas, or streets, is a crucial and integral part of creating quality urban environments. He is a practice leader in WRT’s Parks and Open Space, and Community Design practices where he is committed to enhancing community open space, and expanding mobility options through complete streets, and trails.


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Stephen 'Skip' Mezger

Campus Landscape Architect (retired Jan. 2017)
University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

Skip Mezger was the Campus Landscape Architect for UC Davis for 18 years before retiring in Jan. 2017. During his tenure, UC Davis grew from a student population of 25, 000 to 35,000. With this growth, issues of environmental sustainability and climate change became important design challenges in the campus landscape. Before becoming the campus landscape architect, Skip was a principal in the award winning LA firm of CoDesign, Inc., and lectured for twelve years in the landscape architecture program at UC Davis. Skip received a BS from UC Davis, and a MLA from the University of Oregon.


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Todd Pitman

Assistant Director Campus Planning and Campus Landscape Architect
University of California, San Diego

Todd Pitman ASLA is the Campus Landscape Architect at the University of California, San Diego. He brings a diversity of over 20 years of combined experience in the fields of landscape design, campus planning, construction management, and historical preservation.Todd’s work is focused on campus development, specifically how buildings, people, and landscape come together.Todd is deeply committed to the preservation of our region’s cultural, historical and natural resources. He serves as Executive to the UC San Diego Open Space Committee and leads campus efforts in the strategic planning of functional, attractive and sustainable landscape design.


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Norman Yatabe

Landscape Project Manager
Arizona State University

Norman Yatabe is a Landscape Architect in the Office of the University Architect at Arizona State University. He provides landscape architectural planning, design and project management guidance for capital improvement projects across all Arizona State University campuses.

Norman holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Toronto. He is a registered landscape architect in the State of Arizona, member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional.


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FRI-A01 - Climate Change and the Quad: Resiliency as Catalysts to Building Campus Landscape

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