Urban Design / Downtown Revitalization

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-C08 - Designing for Demographic Change—Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Cultural Shifts

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


Over the next 30 years, America is in for tremendous demographic changes. This session candidly examines the recent work of EDSA, Land Collective, and Mia Lehrer + Associates. This panel will delve into the challenges and opportunities faced with designing in places of cultural and demographic change.

Learning Objectives:

Diana Fernandez

Landscape Architect

Diana is a landscape architect at Sasaki Associates, and the past chair of the ASLA Emerging Professionals Committee. Diana’s work ranges from public parks and plazas to private university work. She brings a passion for creative placing making, community engagement, and sustainable urban design.

Diana holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University, and has served as a guest critic and lecturer for Pennsylvania State University and Temple University. Diana was the recipient of four ASLA awards and has been recognized numerous times for exceptional leadership.


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Kona A. Gray

EDSA, Inc.

Kona has practiced on a global stage for 25 years, providing inspiration and enhancing professional awareness. His portfolio ranges from large-scale planning to detailed site design, with emphasis on communities, urban parks, hospitality and campus environments. Blending sensitivity and context with creative design solutions, Kona unites a client’s vision with his vanguard viewpoint producing designs with purpose and presence. Currently, he is designing projects in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, China, Dubai(UAE), Egypt, India, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and St. Lucia. A registered Landscape Architect, Kona earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.


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Mia Lehrer

Founder and President
Mia Lehrer + Associates

Mia Lehrer, FASLA, founded her firm (MLA) with a vision to improve quality of life through landscape. She has led the design and implementation of ambitious public and private projects including the Hollywood Park Racetrack redevelopment and its new LA NFL Stadium, the LA County Natural History Museum Gardens, Vista Hermosa Park, and many Los Angeles River-related projects. Mia is internationally recognized for progressive landscape design, advocacy, and catalyzing work for a climate-appropriate future. Among recent accomplishments, she served on Obama’s Fine Arts Commission and was honored with ASLA’s LaGasse Medal.


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David Rubin

DAVID RUBIN Land Collective

David A. Rubin, ASLA, FAAR is principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, an international landscape architecture and urban design firm dedicated to empathetic thinking and social sustainability in the design of the public realm. Rubin is the 2011-2012 Rome Prize recipient in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. He is responsible for the design of Eskenazi Health Hospital’s "Commonground," and Cummins' DBU Headquarters, both in Indianapolis; the University of Pennsylvania's "Pennovation Works" in Philadelphia; Grand Junction Plaza in Westfield, Indiana; and Canal Park and Potomac Park Levee on the National Mall, both in Washington, DC, among others.


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MON-C08 - Designing for Demographic Change—Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Cultural Shifts

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