Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-A03 - Design | Build | Research: New firm models for performative landscapes

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


Thinking of starting a new practice? A hybrid model is emerging, with both construction and research added to the design studio. The founders of three diverse hybrid practices with plants at the core of their research will discuss the exciting opportunities and challenges for new firms in this space.

Learning Objectives:

Stephanie Carlisle

Associate and Environmental Researcher

Stephanie Carlisle is an environmental researcher at KieranTimberlake, where she investigates interactions between the constructed and natural environment, bringing data-driven analysis to architectural problems at the building, landscape and urban scales. Stephanie is also a lecturer of urban ecology in the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Pennsylvania and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Scenario Journal, an open-access publication devoted to facilitating interdisciplinary conversations between landscape architecture, urban design, engineering and ecology.


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Kate Kennen

Offshoots, Inc

Kate Kennen, ASLA is principal of Offshoots, Inc. (, a hybrid landscape architecture, installation and phytoremediation consulting firm in Boston. Kate coauthored the award-winning book “PHYTO: A Resource for Site Remediation and Landscape Design” which reviews strategies for remediation using plant-based systems. Kate grew up on her family’s nursery and garden center in Massachusetts, and obtained degrees in Landscape Architecture from Cornell and Harvard.


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Bryan Quinn

One Nature LLC

Bryan is the founding principal of One Nature—a small team of environmental professionals dedicated to building, designing, and growing projects that heal the planet. Technically trained in restoration ecology, environmental philosophy and landscape architecture, Bryan envisions a world where the human species realizes its potential to improve the planet. He has led a wide variety of impactful projects including the largest freshwater wetland mitigation ever constructed in the Hudson Estuary, a trend-setting bioengineering stream restoration in the Catskills, and a social justice park in Newburgh, NY. Bryan also founded One Nature's native plant nursery and construction services.


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David Seiter

Future Green Studio

David Seiter is design director and founding principal of Future Green Studio - a landscape design build firm in Brooklyn, NY focusing on urban ecology. David’s portfolio encompasses award-winning residential and public-use projects which have been featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Dwell, amongst others. David is author of Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC – a book which explores the ecological value of weeds in the urban landscape. Additionally he developed the website which won a National Honor Award in Research from ASLA. David holds an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania.


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FRI-A03 - Design | Build | Research: New firm models for performative landscapes

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