Resilient Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-B04 - Making Research Relevant and Applicable: Three Models for Defining Research in Practice

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


The panel will discuss how three design firms are using research as part of their practice. The panel will address what constitutes research within the context of design, the different ways in which research can be employed, and how to sustainably integrate research initiatives into firm culture.

Learning Objectives:

Sara Jacobs

University of Washington

Sara Jacobs is a practicing landscape designer, and lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Washington. Her research considers how site, as form of environmental knowledge, is drawn, represented, and materially produced within urban ecological design. Her professional experience includes work at SCAPE Landscape Architecture, where she helped lead landscape-scale urban design and waterfront projects, and at OPSYS Landscape Infrastructure, where she focused on mapping as a medium for revealing environmental, political, and infrastructural intersections. Sara has an MLA from Harvard University and BA in Architecture and Conservation Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Lauren Elachi

Design Coordinator
Kounkuey Design Initiative

Lauren is an Associate at SCAPE, focusing on regional planning and community resiliency projects. Lauren played a critical design role on SCAPE’s winning proposal for the HUD Rebuild By Design competition and is currently the Deputy Project Manager on Living Breakwaters as it moves into implementation under the guidance of the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. She is also involved in much of the firm’s water-based work such as the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program in communities in Jamaica Bay and upstate New York. Lauren is also adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design.


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Emily Schlickman

Co-Lead, XL: Experiments in Landscape and Urbanism
SWA Group

Emily is a Co-Lead of XL: Experiments in Landscape and Urbanism, the innovation lab at SWA. In this role, she curates research initiatives across the firm and develops new projects related to foresight, analysis, tools, and advocacy. Prior to SWA, she was an adjunct faculty member at UC Davis, where she taught studio, representation, and advised senior theses. Emily has an MLA from Harvard University and a BA in Environmental Science and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.


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FRI-B04 - Making Research Relevant and Applicable: Three Models for Defining Research in Practice

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