Water - Stormwater Management

Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-A07 - Designing with Water for a New Normal in the West & Southwest

Saturday, October 21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Cities in the west and southwest face fundamental water challenges due population demands and climate change. With severe droughts and catastrophic flooding, our landscapes must integrate innovative techniques to managing water. We will investigate three distinct arid/semi-arid climates to understand the diverse challenges, opportunities and approaches to designing with water.

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Claire Latané

Senior Associate

Claire Latané is a writer, community advocate, and ecological designer. Her work focuses on climate-appropriate design, green schoolyards, and promoting equitable access to humane urban environments and nature. Her writing has appeared in Landscape Architecture Magazine, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Case Study Investigation series, and the Los Angeles Times. She is one of four Fellows in LAF's inaugural Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. Claire earned her Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona.


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Greg Dorolek

Principal, PLA
Wenk Associates, Inc.

Greg Dorolek is a Principal and Lead Designer at Wenk Associates, a landscape architecture and planning firm in Denver, Colorado. For fifteen years, Greg has led parks, open space, and urban design projects that incorporate food growing strategies that improve public and environmental health while also creating economic value. Greg’s past projects have won numerous national awards, including the Mariposa Development for the Denver Housing Authority and the Aria Development in Denver, Colorado, where he led the implementation of parks, open spaces, and living streets to create healthier environments. Greg holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.


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Jeff Hutchins

Principal, PLA

Jeff has nearly three decades of experience as a landscape architect and irrigation designer. He oversees Studio-MLA’s construction documentation processes and provides quality control on large-scale projects including comprehensive master plans, large public parks, skate parks, and streetscape improvements. Jeff oversaw the construction of some of the firm’s most visible projects, including Vista Hermosa Park, Los Angeles River Greenway Trail, Ishihara Park, and several stormwater projects funded by local ballot measures. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.


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Dan Sharp

Landscape Architect
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects

Raised on a cattle ranch along Arizona’s Mexican border, Dan Sharp brings a unique perspective to Landscape Architecture. He is passionate about preserving open space through a minimalist and strategic approach to design intervention. He also enjoys urban design projects where architectural and site systems incorporate green infrastructure because these offer the greatest opportunity for educating the public about the ecological and man-made systems interacting on every site. Dan received an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Notre Dame and a Master of Landscape Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin.


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