Resilient Design

Education Session - Presentation Format

SUN-B07 - The Beauty of Drought: Ecology and Aesthetics of Planting in Water-Constrained Landscapes

Sunday, October 22
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


As global temperatures rise, the intensity and frequency of droughts are expected to increase, creating a wide range of impacts. Illustrated with case studies from across the United States, this session explores the ecology and aesthetics of plantings that embrace and celebrate drought—both periodic and prolonged—to create beautiful, resilient, regionally expressive landscapes.

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Thomas Rainer

Principal, Landscape Architect
Phyto Studio

Thomas Rainer is a Principal with Phyto Studio, and has led many public space, campus, green infrastructure, and design projects. As a landscape architect, teacher, and author, Thomas is a leading advocate of ecologically-driven design. His work focuses on the artful translation of wild plant communities into designs that thrive in the urban contexts. He is an expert in planting design and has taught at George Washington University since 2009. He is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and Europe. His book, Planting in a Post-Wild World, won the 2016 AHS Book of the Year.


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Michelle Sullivan

Mia Lehrer + Associates

Michelle Sullivan, a Principal with Mia Lehrer Associates, manages and designs many of the firm’s ecologically attuned projects, including the Nature Gardens at Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, and the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College. Her background in horticulture root her designs in climate-appropriate strategies. In addition, she manages large visitor-oriented projects such as Dodger Stadium’s improvements. Prior to Mia Lehrer + Associates, she worked for Walt Disney Imagineering. Michelle’s work focuses on connecting the public to the natural environment, and on making nature’s restorative and beautiful qualities tangible through design.


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Christine E. Ten Eyck

President / Landscape Architect
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects Inc.

Landscape architect Christine Ten Eyck is founding principal of Ten Eyck Landscape Architects based in Austin, Texas and previously in Phoenix, Arizona. During her career of over 35 years, Christine has drawn upon her intuition and knowledge to build a body of work celebrates the inherent beauty of Texas and the southwest, the culture of its people and the sacred path of water, pioneering contemporary regionalism in the southwest. This ethos is exemplified in the recently constructed 11.5-acre Campus Transformation Project for The University of Texas at El Paso, the first USGBC Sustainable Sites-certified project in the world.


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