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Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-B01 - Inside the LA Studio with Swift Company LLC

Saturday, October 20
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 122


Each circumstance reveals the ecological insistence, the power of the land, the illusive and solid. These bind individuals and culture inextricably to place. As a practice we are committed to the long haul—to wildlands and urban grit—to service and leaning into the future with the minimal and generous.

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Barbara Swift, FASLA, Hon. AIA

Founding Member
Swift Company LLC

Barbara’s passion for landscape architecture and urban design is contagious, and her portfolio demonstrates strength in all areas of practice. As a skilled practitioner, she is committed to creating powerful places that resonate over time. Barbara is known for her collaborative skills, strategic thinking, humor, and design excellence in circumstances from urban systems to wild landscapes. Barbara’s innovative work has been acknowledged with multiple awards and fellowships with Centrum, the ECWC, and the Runstad Center.


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Gareth Loveridge, ASLA

Swift Company LLC

Gareth comes from the central plains of Manitoba, and with a rigorous design background, he is driven by a holistic approach to deliver thoughtful, sound design solutions that enrich the human experience. With broad interests ranging from visual communications to developing innovative landscape solutions, Gareth brings diverse experience in complex urban design projects to the firm’s work. Gareth thrives in working on multidisciplinary teams where design collaboration creates a synthesis between buildings, landscapes and place.


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Shannon Nichol, FASLA

Founding Principal

Shannon Nichol is a founding partner of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). Her designs, including Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, and Boston’s North End Parks, are widely recognized for being deeply embedded in their neighborhoods and natural contexts. Shannon's work incorporates complex functions into simple frameworks and refined landforms. Shannon is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (Seattle). GGN received the 2017 ASLA National Landscape Architecture Firm Award and the 2011 Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture, among other awards.


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