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Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-C03 - Encompassing the Diverging Views on Design and Justice

Friday, October 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Over time landscape architects have engaged in justice movements at many scales. With continued threats to environmental and social issues, we face increased responsibility. How can we mobilize our practices and communities to address equity? Our panel will discuss the interplay of the profession, technology, and advocacy in these movements.

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Jonathon Geels

Landscape Architect
Troyer Group

Jonathon Geels’ experience encompasses design, strategic planning, innovation planning and development, as well as efficiency analysis and cost reduction. He is passionate about urban sociology applications in landscape design and sees it as integral to environmental and infrastructure management as well as economic development. As his work continues to span sectors, he seeks to solve problems by connecting people to new ideas through design, innovation, and advocacy. He is the Immediate Past President of the Indiana Chapter of ASLA, a recipient of the ASLA Rising Star Advocacy Award, and he is a member of several community advocacy and academic committees.


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Magdalena A. Aravena

Landscape Designer
Terra Engineering, Ltd.

Magdalena Aravena is an emerging designer at Terra Engineering, Ltd. in Chicago, and active leader in ASLA. Driven by her experiences as a first-generation immigrant from Chile, she is passionate about exploring the role that landscape architecture plays in improving disadvantaged communities through education, advocacy, and collaborative design. She has been involved in leadership roles locally and nationally at ASLA, and has participated in several advocacy days and annual meetings, as well as in the 2017 Diversity SuperSummit. She was recently elected Chair for the Associate Advisory Committee and Associate Representative to the ASLA Board of Trustees for 2017-2018.


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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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Hana Ishikawa

Design Principal, Associate AIA
Site Design Group, Ltd

Hana Ishikawa is a multicultural and multi-faceted designer raised in Tokyo and New York. Born into a family of fashion, interior, and environmental designers, as well as antique collectors and traditional Japanese artists - including dance and flower design - her nontraditional but colorful past has led her to desire to encourage change through design. She believes that through spatial design, experiences can be spiritually engaging, create environmentally positive outcomes, and contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and societies. She serves as Design Principal of a multi-disciplinary landscape architecture firm in Chicago, Illinois, and has won numerous awards.


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