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Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-A08 - Endless Questions: The Heart of Research

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

1.5 PDH, LA CES/non-HSW, AIA/non-HSW, AICP, FL, NY/non-HSW

Endless questions are at the heart of every project. This presentation will share curiosities so grand, research arms to professional practice formed with a desire to tackle them. Crossing a variety of disciplines, what have these think tanks done to resolve problems, initiate ideas, and spark innovation in design practice?

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Cynthia Dehlavi

Research and Design
The Office of James Burnett

Cynthia delights in the endless potential of spatial design at every scale. She joined the OJB team with an initiative to continuously advance the practice through research and sustainable design strategies. She helps direct efforts to give projects metrics, experiment with visualization methodology and push environmental standards in design. Prior to OJB, she researched the floor and ramp for the book “Elements of Architecture” and taught design studios and seminars on data visualization and regional mapping at the University of Houston. Cynthia studied Architecture at the University of Houston and Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


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Josiah Cain

Director of Innovation
Sherwood Design Engineers

Josiah is a Landscape Architect and urban ecologist obsessed with high performance landscapes and the interaction of built and natural environments. Josiah is a Principal and Director of Innovation at Sherwood Design Engineers, where he manages a transdisciplinary team of engineers, designers, and planners. His academic and professional aspirations have focused on landscapes that require collaboration, including treatment wetlands, green roofs, living walls, on-site water reuse systems, urban agriculture, habitat restoration, campus design, and Ecodistricts. Josiah studied Landscape Architecture at UC Davis, and Design, Technology, and Environment at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MDesS).


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Jason Long


Jason Long is a partner at OMA, based out of the New York. Since joining the firm in 2003, he has been involved in the firm’s think tank, AMO and has brought a research-driven, interdisciplinary approach to a wide range of projects. Jason served as project manager for a new national museum in Quebec City and the Faena Forum and currently leads the office's portfolio in Washington DC, which includes urban planning projects that provide an innovative approach to recreation, public health and equitable development: 11th Street Bridge Park, RFK Stadium-Armory Campus Masterplan and FAB Park in Los Angeles.


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Heather Whitlow

Director of Programs & Communications
Landscape Architecture Foundation

With a background in urban planning, environmental engineering, and education Heather has spent over a decade promoting sustainable development, green infrastructure and alternative transportation. She coordinates LAF’s research and Landscape Performance Series initiatives, which focus on measurable environmental, social, and economic impacts of exemplary design. Her past projects have earned two ASLA Professional Awards in Research and an Award of Excellence in Communications. Heather holds B.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry and a Masters of Community Planning.


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