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MON-D01 - Expanding the Field: Designing for Social Change

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

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

How can we as landscape architects be agents of positive social change? This discussion will consider the means by which landscape architects can become active participants in civic engagement, through professional practice as well as in alternative careers in government, social entrepreneurship, and more. 

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Wileen Kao

Associate Principal
Bishop Land Design

Wileen Kao is the Associate Principal of Bishop Land Design in Quincy, Massachusetts. She is a registered landscape architect who has led the design of transformative open spaces, landscapes and urban infrastructure projects in the United States, Middle East and Asia. Engaging the intersections between landscape architecture and civic art, she has served as Advisor and Juror for Creative City, an artist grant program led by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Barr Foundation. She teaches at the graduate level in the Urban Landscape program at Northeastern University, leading studio and visualization courses.


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Andrea L. Hansen Phillips

Founding Principal
Datum Digital Studio

Andrea Hansen-Phillips is the principal of Datum Digital Studio, founder of the online journal Atlas of Visualization, and most recently, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee. Her work at Datum focuses on data visualization, mapping, and web applications for community and urban design projects, and her publications include Composite Landscapes (with Charles Waldheim), which won the 2015 ASLA Honor Award for Publications. Previously, she was faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she was chosen as the inaugural Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow.


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Mia Scharphie

Build Yourself+

Mia runs Creative Agency, a research and design research firm focused on place-based social change, and she founded Build Yourself+, an empowerment workshop for women in creative fields. Mia cofounded Proactive Practices, a research collaborative on social impact design, and has been a resident at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and an entrepreneurial practice Research Fellow at Northeastern University. She serves on the Equity Roundtable of the Boston Society of Architects and was recently named a 40 Under 40 by Impact Design Hub. She is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Brown University.


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MON-D01 - Expanding the Field: Designing for Social Change

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