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Education Session - Presentation Format

SUN-A10 - Office Culture and Transparency Revisited: Growth and Change in Empowered Practices

Sunday, October 22
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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

Building on their 2015 dialogue, this panel explores the continuing evolution of three prominent landscape architecture practices that emphasize transparent office culture—investing in the design of their practice as they do design of their projects. Successful, dynamic, and empowered organizations require strong commitments to open communication and measurable results.

Learning Objectives:

John A. Kett

Reed Hilderbrand

John’s passion for the economic, social, and personal dimensions of practice has made him a leader in shaping the design ethos, business ethic, and studio culture at Reed Hilderbrand. In collaboration with the firm’s leadership group, John has developed approaches to
direct the firm’s workflows that aim for a healthy balance of productivity, technical advancement, and professional development for all staff. Reed Hilderbrand’s vision of a design practice driven by investigative reason and speculative invention has drawn together a highly dedicated team of landscape architects, young designers, and staff.


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Shane Coen

CEO and Founder
Coen + Partners

Shane Coen has led the innovative landscape architecture studio Coen + Partners for over twenty years. Through his leadership, creativity and disciplined design approach, the studio has built a distinguished body of award winning work.
Grounded in an approach of contextual minimalism, Coen + Partners collaborates with leading and emerging global design talent to create site solutions rooted in place while embracing architectural, programmatic and ecological goals.
Shane serves the GSA Design Excellence Program on their National Registry of Peer Professionals and is the Recipient of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award in Landscape Architecture


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Michelle J. Delk

Partner / Discipline Director

Fascinated by the urban environment and its influence on people’s lives, Michelle Delk is a Partner and Discipline Director of Landscape Architecture for Snøhetta in New York City. She cultivates trans-disciplinary design characterized by clear thinking and collaborative principles. Her commitment to leadership includes board memberships and frequent invitations as instructor, lecturer, juror, and advisor for various universities, organizations and communities. Ranging from master plans for campuses and urban brownfield redevelopments to realizations of urban plazas, parks, streetscapes, and riverfronts; guiding diverse projects, with extensive community and client engagement, is a natural fit for Michelle.


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