Parks / Recreation / Play / Sports Facility Design

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-A06 - Parks in Changing Communities

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

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

This session will investigate the role of landscape architecture in communities in transition. We will consider the tough questions of whose change, what is changing, and what role public space and designers play in this process.

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Janelle Johnson

Senior Associate
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects

Janelle is a Senior Associate at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects where she manages projects of various scales. Janelle’s experience spans across the public and private sectors with typologies ranging from residential estates to public parks. Her interests lie at the intersection of design and preservation, where her design approach is to use the cultural and historical influences of the site to inform her design sensibility. Janelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture with Distinction from Purdue University, as well as a Master of Landscape Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Adrian Benepe

Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development
The Trust for Public Land

Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land, is an expert on the nexus of the public, private, and non-profit sectors in public space. He served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for eleven years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg overseeing expansion of the parks system, including restoring historic parks such as Central Park and Battery Park, adding 730 acres of new parkland including Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the High Line, and laying the groundwork for an additional 2,000 acres within the city.


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Diane Jones Allen

Principal Landscape Architect
DesignJones LLC

Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng., PLA, ASLA has years of experience in land planning, park design, and community development. She is Program Director for Landscape Architecture, the College of Architecture Planning, and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington. Diane is on the Board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and was a member of the Urban Design Architecture Review Panel, Baltimore, Maryland. She is Principal Landscape Architect with DesignJones LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her research explores, equity and sustainability in cultural landscapes, including “Transit Deserts,” places of limited access, as discuss in her book “Lost in the Transit Desert”.


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Eric Tamulonis


Eric Tamulonis focuses on planning and designing public parks and open spaces. His work includes national, state, city and community parks and open space systems in diverse urban and natural environments. Having worked in coastal, piedmont, Appalachian, tallgrass prairie, Great Lakes and other ecsystems, he is also committed to the value of diverse cultural heritage; his work expresses the ecological and cultural context that provides meaning and identity for the projects he leads. He has lectured at national and international conferences on sustainable communities, green campus master plans, and the use of design as a means to achieving environmental education.


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