Sustainable Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-B10 - In Pursuit of Big Ideas: Time-out for Research, Innovation, and Thought Leadership

Friday, October 20
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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

There’s a growing need for opportunities outside the workplace to develop and explore new ideas and research that can inform design practice. Gain insights from leadership at the American Academy in Rome, Loeb, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation on how these and similar institutions can support such efforts.

Learning Objectives:

Jennifer Low

Program Manager, PLA
Landscape Architecture Foundation

Jennifer is the Program Manager for the Leadership and Scholarship programs, including the new LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. She is licensed Landscape Architect with over eleven years of professional experience in Southern California, San Francisco, New York City, and most recently, in her hometown of Seattle, Washington. As a designer and project manager, she has worked on a wide range of public and private sector project types and scales in collaboration with a diverse spectrum of client and stakeholder groups and leaders in the design, architecture, and engineering industries on both sides of the coast.


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Mark Robbins

President and CEO
American Academy in Rome

Mark Robbins is President/CEO of the American Academy in Rome, an international center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. Robbins was previously Executive Director of the International Center of Photography, Dean and Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture, Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts and the first Curator of Architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts. His creative work bridges both art and architecture. His awards include a 1996 Rome Prize in Design and a visual arts fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.


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John Peterson

Curator, Loeb Fellowship
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

John Peterson, architect, educator and activist, is a Lecturer and the Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Peterson is also the founder of Public Architecture, a national nonprofit organization those work has been showcased at the Venice Architecture Biennale, MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Benaki Museum in Athens, and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. Public Architecture’s 1+ program challenges architecture and design firms to pledge a minimum of 1% of their time in pro bono services to nonprofits in need and has over 1600 member firms nationwide.


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Anatole Tchikine

Assistant Director of Garden and Landscape Studies
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Anatole Tchikine is Assistant Director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Trustees for Harvard University) in Washington, D.C. His research addresses the history of early modern botanical gardens and collecting, fountain design and the role of water in urban and garden settings in Renaissance and Baroque Italy, and landscape and identity in Tuscany. He is a co-editor of The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century (Dumbarton Oaks, 2016) and editor of Constructing a “Third Nature”: Gardens and Landscapes of the Italian Renaissance (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).


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FRI-B10 - In Pursuit of Big Ideas: Time-out for Research, Innovation, and Thought Leadership

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