Residential Design

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-D09 - Residential Design: Blending Aesthetics, Personality, and Place

Monday, October 23
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Residential garden design offers cultural, environmental, and aesthetic benefits, yet
designers struggle with the interpersonal skills required to be truly successful. In this
session, three geographically diverse landscape architects each explore three case
studies that balance personalities, program, design, and site challenges to create
gardens that are beautiful and sustainable.

Learning Objectives:

Mark Boyer

Director & Dr. Robert S. Reich Teaching Professor
Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at LSU

Mark Boyer, FASLA is Director and Robert Reich Teaching Professor at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University following seventeen years at the University of Arkansas as professor and department head. Mark obtained a BSLA from the University of Kentucky and the MLA from Louisiana State University. He is a landscape architect who has specialized in environmental and ecosystem management in urbanizing areas for over twenty years.


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Eric Groft

Principal / VP
Oehme, van Sweden

Eric D. Groft, Principal at OvS in Washington, DC, has over 30 years of experience in residential, commercial and institutional work and prides himself on his sense of regionalism and attention to the vernacular. He is widely recognized as an industry leader in residential garden design: from urban townhomes to beach front estates to multi-acre horse farms and sheep stations. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia.


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Keith LeBlanc

LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.

Keith Leblanc is a nationally recognized Landscape Architect whose firm, LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, has gained local and national recognition with over 25 awards from the ASLA and BSLA. His work has been honored with both peer and popular appreciation including recognition from The Southern California Chapter of the ASLA, the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, and The James Rose Center. In 2011 Keith was elected a Fellow by the ASLA Council of Fellows.


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Susan Van Atta

VAI Van Atta Associates, Inc.

Susan Van Atta, FASLA founded her firm, VAI/Van Atta Associates, to create environmentally sensitive designs for forward-thinking clients. Her work ranges from master planning to intimate gardens. This experience includes private and public campus planning and design, parks and open spaces, cultural and ecological restoration, as well as botanical and estate gardens. The residential projects benefit from her diverse experience and require her very personal attention, thus often leading to lasting friendships.


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MON-D09 - Residential Design: Blending Aesthetics, Personality, and Place

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