Planning

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-A09 - Homelessness and American Parks and Public Spaces

Sunday, October 22
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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

Every major city in the United States, large and small, struggles with generating effective dialogues and solutions for homelessness. Through an exploration of national data, as well as successes and challenges from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver, policies, programs and design solutions will be shared.   

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Briana Hensold

Principal
Sasaki

Brie is an urban planner and principal in Sasaki's Urban Studio. With a passion for understanding and improving cities, Brie brings a focus on integrating communities, context, and the human experience to Sasaki's planning and design work. She has extensive experience with community engagement and an understanding of the complex range of constituencies involved in implementation. Brie leads Sasaki’s parks planning practice and her expertise includes a range of project types encompassing city park systems, resilience strategies, campuses and urban environments. Brie frequently bridges disciplines, integrating design perspectives into strategic planning.

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Scott Gilmore

Deputy Executive Director of Denver Parks and Planning
City and County of Denver, CO

For the past five years Scott has served as the Deputy of Parks and Planning for Denver’s Mayor Michael B. Hancock. Scott's role covers a variety of areas from Park maintenance of 6,000 acres of urban parks; Parks Planning, Design and Construction; Natural Areas Management; overseeing operations of the Golf Division; and management of the expansive Denver Mountain Parks which consist of 14,000 acres of mountain park acres, two bison herds, Red Rocks, and Buffalo Bills Grave and Museum. Scott's background is as a wildlife biologist and has always had a passion for connecting youth and their families to nature.

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Joe Salaices

City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Joe Salaices has been with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for 39 years.
His current role is Superintendent of the Departments Griffith Region. His duties include oversight of operations in Griffith Park, which includes the Park Ranger Division and the Emergency Response Team, including Homeless Coordination.

In 2015, Joe represented the City of Los Angeles, Recreation and Parks Department at the highly successful Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative Summit. The Summit was the foundation to the adopted “No Wrong Door” policy, leading to the voter supported Measure H.

Currently, Joe represents the Department at the City of Los Angeles Homeless Strategy Committee. Supporting other City Departments in holistically challenging homeless living within the park system.
Joe obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.

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Guneet Anand

SITELAB urban studio

Guneet is continually inspired by cities around the world and how people inhabit them. Her work reflects understanding the built environment as shaped by socio-cultural, political and economic processes, and ranges from the design of the 35-acre Pier 70 redevelopment to a 100-square-foot prototype for the Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco. Guneet has previously worked at Columbia University, Frederic Schwartz Architects, and MOAD. She has served as Teaching Associate at Columbia University, and visiting critic at NYIT, Urban Design Lab and IIT Madras. Guneet received her Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and Bachelors in Architecture from Anna University.

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