Ecological Restoration / Remediation / Brownfields

Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-B05 - The Landscape Advocate: Waterfronts of Opportunity, Restoration, and Inspiration

Saturday, October 21
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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

Redevelopment is dramatically reshaping New York City’s waterfront communities. This panel will examine three current NYC waterfront projects led by local community advocates that look critically at large-scale open space regeneration projects as frameworks for opening open space within a context of rapid growth and urban expansion.

Learning Objectives:

Brandon Cappellari

Associate Landscape Architect

Brandon has over ten years of experience shaping conceptual ideas into reality for both public and private clients. Currently, Brandon serves as an Associate Landscape Architect is SWA/Balsley's NYC office. He has strong technical and intellectual leadership skills that are used daily in his role at SWA/Balsley, and he has proven to be an effective communicator and liaison between design team members, sub-consultants, contractors, and clients. He also serves on the Board of the New York Chapter of the ASLA.


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Gonzalo Cruz


Gonzalo Cruz‘s diverse professional accomplishments are supported by his multi-disciplinary background, with professional degrees in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He brings over 13 years of professional design services and project design management experience. He has orchestrated projects at a broad array of scales, ranging from large-scale urban design resiliency developments to smaller residential and commercial work.


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Janice Lauletta-Weinmann

President and Founder
The Greenpoint Monitor Museum

Janice is the President/cofounder of the Greenpoint Monitor Museum with Masters Degrees in both Engineering and Education. The Museum received its Charter from the State Education Department of the University of the State of New York in 1996. It partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, Oliver Tilden Camp No. 26 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and PS110 The Monitor School. Janice is one of the Museum's instructors and for 28 years has been a practicing civil/structural engineer. She is a community advocate dedicated to improving her community.


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Andrea Parker

Executive Director
Gowanus Canal Conservancy

Andrea Parker is the Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. In this role, she empowers a community of environmental stewards and design advocates in the rapidly changing Gowanus Watershed.  As an instructor at City College of New York, she engages landscape architecture students with NYC’s complex urban ecology. Her prior work as a landscape designer focused on coastal resilience and building native plant communities. She received a BA from the University of Chicago, studied Landscape Horticulture at Merritt College, and received a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia.


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SAT-B05 - The Landscape Advocate: Waterfronts of Opportunity, Restoration, and Inspiration

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