Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-D03 - Plants as Design Material: Form, Function, and Collaborative Process Across Multiple Regions

Friday, October 20
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


We are not just planting designers (as we’ve all told countless consultants and family members). But plants are fundamental to what we do. This session is a conversation between designers, builders, and horticultural experts about the unique nature of plants as a design material, especially when working across multiple regions.

Learning Objectives:

Paul Blanding

Senior Associate
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects

A Senior Associate at Hoerr Schaudt, Paul is holistic in his approach to design, driven by an interest in the “big picture.” Based in Chicago, Paul recently obtained licensure in California, and has enjoyed taking on more projects in the region, building his love and knowledge of the local palette. Paul has an Art and Philosophy degree from Oberlin College, and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Paul was once a florist. Paul has a passion for making music, which he especially loves to share with his wife and two daughters.


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Sara k. Furlan

Design Director
Mariani Landscape

Sara Furlan is a registered Landscape Architect with over 30 years of experience in designing and directing residential landscapes. As one of the lead Design Directors at Mariani she has developed a reputation for creating unique living environments. Sara has a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. She has been recognized by her peers and been awarded the ILASLA Presidents Award for Design, ILASLA Honor Award for Design and ILASLA Merit Award for design, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art Acanthus Award in Landscape Architecture, as well as Grand and Merit awards from NALP.


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Sean Hogan

Owner, Cistus Design & Nursery

Sean Hogan has degrees in horticulture and botany and has served as curator of the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. He is the owner of Cistus Design & Nursery, specializing in plants from all over the world, especially west coast natives. Sean has designed a variety of public and private gardens and has served as an invaluable horticultural consultant for prominent landscape projects. He has lectured extensively world-wide and his writing and photographs are widely published. He authored/edited the 20,000 plus entry Flora, as well as Trees for All Seasons, both published by Timber Press.


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Judy E. Venonsky

Associate, Living Systems Design Specialist

Judy Venonsky has been with OLIN since 2007 and has more than 15 years of academic and professional experience in landscape design. She has worked on numerous projects that deal with the intersection of built landscape and complex living systems. Judy spearheads Living Systems Design research and practice at OLIN working closely with horticultural academics and professionals to marry design excellence with ecology.
Judy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Design from Moore College of Art and Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Several of her projects have earned ASLA awards.


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FRI-D03 - Plants as Design Material: Form, Function, and Collaborative Process Across Multiple Regions

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