Sustainable Design

Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-A06 - Getting to the Details of Building Performative Landscapes

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


Landscape projects today present unparalleled opportunities to expand the notion of landscape performance, extending it to a wider range of meanings and expressions. This session explores the principles and practices of detailed design performance within the contemporary context, highlighting improved approaches to their creation, documentation, fabrication, and implementation.

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Charles W. Ware

Planning and Design Consultant

Chuck Ware is Design Director at LPA in Irvine, California. Chuck is educated and practices across allied disciplines: planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture. With study in each of these fields, and broad practice experience, he leads work from large-scale planning through detailed design implementation. He has been sought to lead some of the industry’s most challenging projects. This work has brought him to Africa, China, South America, India, the Middle East and extensively across the United States. Chuck recently published a textbook titled Landscape Architecture Documentation Standards: Principles, Guidelines and Best Practices.


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Niall Kirkwood

Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology
Harvard Graduate School of Design

Niall Kirkwood is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he has taught since joining the faculty in 1992. The scope of Kirkwood’s teaching, research, publishing and landscape consulting practice all emphasize a broader understanding of current and emerging technologies and techniques from landscape, civil and environmental engineering, and how this understanding can best result in more creative and progressive design work in the field of landscape architecture. Included among his many publications are The Art of Landscape Detail, and Weathering and Durability in Landscape Architecture.


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James A. Lord

SurfaceDesign, Inc.

James founded Surfacedesign in 2001. His 27 years of experience and design vision lead the firm’s diverse portfolio of award-winning landscapes. Through leadership and innovative design, James has established Surfacedesign’s international reputation in urban design and sustainable landscape architecture in such notable projects as Auckland International Airport, Wynyard Wharf and 3 Kings, as well as theSmithsonian Masterplan, Golden Gate Bridge Plaza and ASLA award-winning IBM Plaza in Honolulu. James’ ideals-balancing culture, ecology and design vision with fiscal realities to ultimately create poetic spaces and experiences, resonate through the office no matter how big or small the project.


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Laura Solano

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

For 26 years Laura’s been a leader in MVVA’s portfolio of public parks and institutional projects, including Don River Park, Wellesley College, the G.W. Bush Presidential Center, the St. Louis Arch Grounds, and the US Embassy in Mexico City. She’s an Associate Professor in Practice at Harvard University and has lectured at the ASLA Annual Meeting, National Building Museum, and universities throughout North America. Her articles on technology have been featured in national publications. Laura won the BSA’s Women in Design Award of Excellence and served on the Executive Board for the LAF.


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SAT-A06 - Getting to the Details of Building Performative Landscapes

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