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FRI-A10 - Unsanctioned Ideals: Future Scenarios from Diverse Experiences

Friday, October 20
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

Diverse young landscape architects will tell stories of alternative experiences of our urban and suburban landscapes. Experiments, actions, and insights will be presented that express the undervalued, overlooked, or disallowed landscapes and communities of today that set the future scenarios for this diverse set of young and emerging professionals.

Learning Objectives:

Andrew O. Wilcox

California State Polytechnic University--Pomona

Andy Wilcox is a professor and chair of the Department of landscape Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. Andy has an ongoing interest in the found conditions of wilderness within the vast infrastructure of Los Angeles. Andy is a licensed landscape architect in California and has practiced landscape architecture at numerous scales and with numerous offices. Recently Andy was part of design teams represented at the 2014 Rotterdam Biennale and the 2014 Shenzhen Biennale at the Value Factory. Andy holds a BSLA from Cal Poly Pomona and a MLA from the University of Southern California.


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Sara Abed

Landscape Designer
Sitescapes, Inc., Landscape Architecture & Planning

As a Landscape Designer at Sitescapes, Sara dedicates her skills towards understanding the cultural, social, and ecological conditions of complex landscape systems. She has an interest in problem solving within the context of a human scale and is passionate for contending with social issues. The primary basis of her professional experience has been in large-scale residential design. Sara is the founder of 'Humanitarian Design Alliance', an organization that focuses on providing equitable design opportunities for disenfranchised groups. She has a strong interest in civic engagement and currently serves her community as a CA Assembly District Delegate- District 68.


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Aaron Dang

Project Designer
Mia Lehrer and Associates

Aaron Dang is a Project Designer at Studio MLA and recieved his B.S. Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. Aaron views landscape architecture as an infrastructure for supporting healthy living. He is committed to creating a responsible environment through the practice of landscape architecture and urban design. Aaron is a native Angeleno and strives to enhance the urban fabric of Los Angeles. His passion transpired from the rich landscapes and diverse communities he grew up in. Aaron has worked on large scale environmental projects as well as urban scale civic projects with expertise in construction documentation and project implementation.


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Natasha Harkison Leyva

SWA Group

Natasha Harkison is a strategic designer interested in the greater urban real estate markets as they relate to landscape architecture and urban planning. Her vision as a designer is to establish a collaborative mission within each project that focuses on landscape elements as a catalyst for urban-or Surban- redevelopment.
Her current work is focused on urban planning and community driven design, public outreach, and big visioning – all located in the ‘Burbs’ of America. Natasha is passionate about using drawing methods that portray a uniqueness about the ‘Burbs’ that reach motivation to 'stay ahead of the Burb.'


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Julie An

Project Manager
Miller Landscape Architecture

Julie believes that good design is relevant to current issues and diverse populations who experience them. While at the University of Southern California, Julie explored her passion for serving the underserved through a perceptive design approach for her Masters’ thesis. Her effective and sensitive methods of site analysis informed the design of a distributed park system in a disadvantaged neighborhood. As a reestablished Bay Area native wanting to help her community, Julie is currently advocating for sanctioned housing communities in Oakland as a landscape architectural designer. She is also a Project Manager at Miller Landscape Architecture.


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Monique Bassey


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Carlos Flores

Landscape Architecture Associate
US Army Corps of Engineers


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