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Land8 Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture 2020 – Winners!

Here are the winners of the 3rd Annual Land8 Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture! Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 believes industry leaders in social media should be promoted and recognized. Be sure to follow the winners to help grow and promote the profession!


  1. EDSA – Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | Blog 
    EDSA expands on opportunities for thought leadership, showcases design expertise through innovative projects and highlights the talent and culture of the firm. Deep collaboration allows them to develop posts that inform and inspire those in the industry and the next generation of landscape architects. They understand the lack of knowledge around the profession and work hard to build a constant stream of content that focuses on the industry, profession awareness, and the good that landscape architects collectively do around the globe.
  2. TBG PartnersInstagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog
    Along with their visually stunning hand-drawings, renderings, videos, and photos, TBG Partners sees their role as landscape architects in helping solve current day crises, such as climate change, the current pandemic, and race relations, as non-negotiable. TBG also understands their obligation as a profession to publicly advocate for environmental and social justice in the built environment moving forward – and social media will be an important avenue for this vital discourse.
  3. Cadence – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Blog
    During a year of great pause, Cadence’s established feed continued to strengthen as the fabric of our society adapts with the times. On the forefront of social media since 2010, they were empowered to elevate their online voice to demonstrate how to take action and advocate for values that matter. Beyond sharing production in their studio, they used Instagram Story to highlight the diverse population of designers, organizations, and leaders working towards the greater good of humanity and our environment.
  4. NAK Design Strategies – Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn
    NAK uses their social media platforms to engage and connect with industry professionals, students, and the general public. NAK utilizes various platforms as an effective and engaging way to broaden the general understanding of what landscape architects do. Staff features, videos, and finished work are shared weekly with the goal of broadening awareness of the profession.
  5. dwg. – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
    In 2020, dwg.’s social media focused on the evolution of landscape architecture over the past decade through the lens of their own work. Pillars that are now at the forefront of green design were identified early in dwg.’s practice and showcased in their #DigitalRetrospective campaign. The campaign ran on all social media outlets, included personal perspectives from those in the field and showcased compelling imagery that captivated all audiences.
  6. ArterialInstagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter
    Last year, people realized that getting outside can improve their physical and mental health and that creating a positive outdoor experience is important. Arterial was part of that conversation utilizing an approachable and optimistic tone in their platforms and through use of educational tidbits, memes, global inspirations, and other multiple campaigns (WLAMxEarth Day and Flexible Streets), reached those who may be unfamiliar with landscape architecture and provide a sense of hope and optimism.
  7. hochC Landschaftsarchitekten – Instagram | Podcast
    Landscape architecture is not yet so present in German media. hochC Landschaftsarchitekten wants to encourage a discourse about public space, ecology, and how landscape architecture can contribute to it. To achieve this, they have launched the first landscape architecture podcast in German. The podcast is published biweekly and features guests from the discipline as well as related fields. They support the podcast by running an Instagram profile that showcases build projects, concepts, processes, and the various expertise of hochC staff.
  8. Clark Condon – Instagram | Facebook
    Clark Condon uses social media to deliver content that not only highlights their portfolio but enriches, informs, and educates about landscape architecture. Their largest campaign last year celebrated World Landscape Architecture Month by inviting followers to take an in-depth look at the process behind five unique projects. By showcasing how a project goes from idea to finished project, they emphasized the design, creativity, and science that landscape architects use in their craft.
  9. Asakura Robinson – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedInBlog
    Asakura Robinson engages followers by creating posts that promote, support, and educate all on the art of landscape architecture, equity, and sustainable practices. The environments and communities they impact take center stage to celebrate the people and places that make landscape architecture thrive. The firm shares quality content that entices readers to engage with them. It’s clear that they value the ability of public participation alongside their projects, creating space that encourages interaction.
  10. Damon Farber Landscape ArchitectsInstagram
    As a firm that practices across many different market types, Damon Farber Landscape Architects uses social media to display the diversity of forms that make up the field of landscape architecture. They also use their platform to advocate for the values that the industry holds in common. Sustainability initiatives, community engagement activities, and youth / student involvement are essential to propel the field forward, and they use social media to share their efforts in these realms with the larger community.



  1. Zixu Qiao (LandSpace Architecture) – Instagram | YouTube
    LandSpace Architecture uses its social media platforms to engage and connect with landscape architects, students, and the general public. LandSpace Architecture shares free tutorials on its YouTube channel and shares useful tips for landscape architecture students and young professionals on its Instagram and website.
  2. Eric Arneson – Instagram | YouTube
    Eric focused this year to continue posting his daily landscape architecture-related posts and memes but also to create several tutorials and behind-the-scenes videos to share tips for those looking to learn new skills. With a massive following, Eric posts helped to inspire, educate, or entertain both landscape architects and anyone drawn to his creative account.
  3. Nahal Sohbati – Instagram
    Nahal Sohbati is a landscape designer that uses social media to showcase daily insights into the landscape design process. Nahal also utilizes social media as a tool for networking and collaboration with designers, artists, and students, creating a community beyond physical borders.
  4. Marcelo MarttinsInstagram
    Marcelo uses his Instagram account as his online portfolio to showcase his work and promote architectural illustration. Based in Brazil with over 100k followers, his account promotes the skills and artistry of landscape architecture to many.
  5. Matt Sickle (Monument Blog) – Instagram | Blog 
    MonumentBlog is a platform for sharing ideas about monuments, memorials, and public art with the Landscape Architectural community. The blog is focused on commemoration and design ethics as applied to Landscape Architecture. It’s a place for deep thoughts in short essays. On Instagram, Matt shares reflections on current events from a Landscape Architectural point of view. Over the last year, the platform’s mission expanded to include the promotion of underrepresented designers’ work.
  6. Magdalena Aravena Instagram | Twitter
    The collective social challenges of 2020, which led to much personal tension and eventual growth, made Maggie approach social media in a much more open and honest way. Her hope is that in sharing her own professional journey, genuine passion in government affairs, and her volunteer experience empowers others to step into more active roles and to realize that we’re all humans going through our own challenges.
  7. Conor O’SheaInstagram
    Conor’s Instagram account is a platform for showcasing his professional design work, research, teaching to audiences in landscape architecture and other creative industries, and for connecting with other small businesses. As a visual medium, his feed functions as a living portfolio of his work at Hinterlands and the Landscape Strategies Lab. As a companion to this, he uses Stories and Highlights to broadcast day-to-day activities and the ephemera of his design process.
  8. Giovanni CaputoInstagram
    Giovanni uses his Instagram as a gallery to showcase his landscape photography work. He integrates the built landscape with the natural landscape as the focus of the Instagram account. The posts are of various colors and subjects for a visual aesthetic in rows of three.
  9. Joanna Łaska-Sochacka (Studio S Architektura Krajobrazu) – Facebook | Instagram
    Joanna’s social media has helped her encourage the public to understand more about landscape design by sharing landscape and garden design solutions, very far from the norms of garden design in her home country of Poland. She has also utilized her social media for fundraising efforts for those in need by donating her designs as she has always seen her education and experience as a means of helping others.
  10. Kimberly FerraraInstagram
    As a Gen Z emerging professional, Kim has documented her development as a student of landscape architecture on social media from her very first critique. She presents the trials, tribulations, and successes that come with learning landscape architecture in a fun, relatable manner. She has used her platform to uplift fellow students as well as share information that brings others up with her in professional development.


Top 10 Social Media Accounts – ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Landscape FirstInstagram | Facebook
    Landscape First promotes international landscape architecture to initiate a cultural, social, and political challenge for cities of the 21st century. As part of their mission, they use social media to build an archive of significant landscape architecture project and act as an “open space” for dialogue and comparison between different design cultures. Each of their beautiful posts describes the project and educates the public about landscape architecture.
  2. American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
    Keeping with its mission, ASLA’s social media channels continue to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. This is the place to find award-winning projects and to see what recent efforts the organization is doing to advance the profession, reaching and inspiring many outside of the USA as well with its large following and reach.
  3. New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects –  Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
    NJASLA’s channels provide content for experts of the field, their allies, and the general public. They highlight NJ’s top projects, designers, as well as relevant work around the world. They continue to provide educational posts and informative event and job listings. However, this year, they focused on highlighting the faces of their community to create more exposure for our evolving field and collaborating with groups that share in their mission of advocacy, education, fellowship, and equity.
  4. Michigan Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects – Instagram | Facebook
    MiASLA connects with chapter members and the public through social media to share about chapter events, design resources, and maintain a responsibility to share information and resources regarding sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion, and causes related to the field. They dedicate World Landscape Architecture Month to promote their annual ASLA award winners and share local, national, and global firms and projects throughout the year as inspiration for designers and adventurers alike.
  5. WxLAInstagram
    WxLA, an advocacy initiative for gender justice in landscape architecture, leverages its vibrant custom brand and message primarily via Instagram, using the visual medium to build awareness, share ideas and celebrate its growing community of nearly 1,700 followers. Posts and stories curated by WxLA celebrate women-led landscape practices, allow for take-overs by mission-aligned organizations, and implement its annual fundraiser and scholarship. It is a model for inclusive, equity-driven action!
  6. Seen Instagram
    Seen, a social media consultant for mostly landscape architects, is passionate about public space, cities, and related ecologies. Rather than continuous advertisements for services, they created a digital space for sharing ideas about design, landscapes, urbanism, and the people who inhabit these spaces. Seen also launched “The Flaneur Project”, a collaborative social media project about public space with the first project in collaboration with The National Association of Minority Landscape Architects.
  7. Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture – Instagram
    Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture has been working to amplify the voice of their work in educating and training future generations of landscape architects to design the public realm. Their Instagram is not a fixed position, not a single author or editor. It is really a collective effort of faculty and students. They effectively highlight work, ideas, individuals, and opportunities.
  8. Landscape Forms – Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn
    Social media presents Landscape Forms with a powerful opportunity to connect, motivate, inspire, and engage with landscape architects and the supporting community. Throughout the year, they shared a variety of case studies and user-generated content of spaces and places across their platforms as a way to showcase the designs and unique story behind each project. By doing this, they continue to recognize their clients, their designs, and the industry that has helped them grow.
  9. Earthscape Play – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
    To highlight the key role of landscape architecture in placemaking and community building, Earthscape Play always tags and recognizes their collaborative and inspirational landscape architecture partners – the heroes and leaders who advocate for cherished public spaces. When images of their playgrounds are shared, they are promoting the critical work of landscape architects in creating these unique places. Their followers include a diverse audience of urban designers, playground aficionados, developers, parents, and play researchers.
  10. Anova Furnishings – Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn
    Anova uses social media to promote landscape architecture through posting “project spotlights”. This highlights landscape architects and designers by including relevant details about the project, sharing images, and promoting the design firm. Anova also supports landscape architects and leverages social media through their grant programs, where they feature the winners. Additionally, they promote various events in landscape architecture, including many continuing education opportunities they offer, which was a valuable resource for landscape architects during the pandemic.


2019 Winners >
2018 Winners >

Please visit Land8 again in December 2021 for next year’s call for nominations!

Land8 Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture 2020 – Call for Nominations!

Land8: Landscape Architects Network announces the 3rd Annual Land8 Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture. Land8 was founded as an online hub for landscape architecture professionals to interact with each other. It has since grown to an international community of not only landscape architects, but also those interested in learning about the field of landscape architecture with over 1.5 million followers across Land8’s social media channels. Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 believes industry leaders in social media should be promoted and recognized.

2019 WINNERS >
2018 WINNERS >


Ten (10) awards will be given and ranked in each of the following categories:

  • Landscape Architecture Firms
  • Individual Landscape Architects (or landscape designer with landscape architecture degree or student in landscape architecture)
  • Allied Partners (those supporting work related or promoting landscape architecture, such as nonprofits, associations, universities, or manufacturers/suppliers)

Awardees will be featured on a list of “Land8’s Best Social Media Accounts in Landscape Architecture 2020”, promoted through our extensive network, and our followers will be encouraged to follow the awarded accounts.


Land8 will judge social media accounts on the following: Visual Excellence, Influence, Engagement, and Promotion of Landscape Architecture. This may include popular platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or blogs. Only public accounts will be considered.


Self nominations are due January 8, 2021 [Extended to January 14] with announcement of winners on or before January 19, 2021.  Nominations may be from anywhere around the globe. Please submit your nominations in English. If language is a barrier in applying, please contact us.


Why Landscape Architects Choose Vectorworks Landmark

In landscape architecture, many of the available software options seem to specialize in individual areas, requiring an investment in add-ons to enable more holistic workflows. This comes as a sticking point for many landscape architecture firms whose work spans beyond 2D drawings and plans. Vectorworks Landmark is known for being an all-in-one solution, which means landscape architects can work without having to invest in additional software. In this article, you’ll hear from three landscape architects who’ve switched to Vectorworks Landmark and are now benefiting from more streamlined workflows.

The first firm is SiteWorks, who are based in New York City and provide a variety of landscape architecture services, including project scheduling/budgeting and construction implementation.

Next is Surface 678, who have received three awards from the North Carolina ASLA in 2020. Surface 678 works on projects in the academic, cultural, civic, corporate, healthcare, senior living, and recreation markets, and have been using Vectorworks since 2019.

Third is the Idaho-based firm BYLA, who’ve been designing eye-catching outdoor spaces since 2006.

Let’s see why each firm made the switch.

Can you share some workflow pain points you and your firm experienced before Vectorworks Landmark?

Jordan Guerrero, ASLA, AEP, ASLA NY Board Member, Landscape Designer at SiteWorks
We do a lot of cost estimates and takeoffs in our projects, and our previous software wasn’t able to do the kind of digital terrain modeling and cut/fill analysis that we felt was necessary for our documentation needs. Working across multiple platforms to accomplish these things was a definite pain point for us.

Phillip Tripp, PLA, Senior Landscape Architect at Surface 678
We used to work in AutoCAD for black-lined construction drawings and basic color-toned conceptual plans. Over time, as architects and civil engineers started using Revit and Civil 3D, there were layers of complexity and special requests for files in formats best suited for AutoCAD. It never felt as inclusive and coordinated with Revit and Civil 3D as we had hoped.

Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, North Carolina. Courtesy of Surface 678.

Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, North Carolina. Courtesy of Surface 678.

Scott Lebsack, PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect at BYLA
I came to realize that AutoCAD wasn’t using the resources available in a modern computer. It only allowed me to draft with a set of digital tools that mimicked the physical tools I was familiar with. It only nodded at modeling, which wasn’t easy to use. I tried to use block attributes to create plant schedules and “smart irrigation” blocks, but the tools for creating and interacting with extra data weren’t well implemented and didn’t seem to be encouraged.

Why did you decide on Vectorworks Landmark?

Jordan Guerrero (SiteWorks) — Vectorworks Landmark is very finely tuned to the needs of landscape architects in terms of tools and features. We were also really drawn to having an all-in-one solution, one that enables BIM workflows, too, because other countries are already requiring it and now it’s coming to us.

Phillip Tripp (Surface 678) — The lightbulb moment was realizing Vectorworks designed Landmark specifically for landscape architects, with native tools and features that are integral to our process. In contrast, with AutoCAD, we’d have to invest in separate add-on applications for each license in the office.

Scott Lebsack (BYLA) — Having software that replaces SketchUp and provides tools specifically for planting, grading, and irrigation in a single package is critical for streamlining the work we do. Everything is contained in a single working file; my design and my model are the same thing. My time in Vectorworks is spent designing. I don’t “draft” anymore.

What’s the biggest difference you experience in your everyday workflows?

Jordan Guerrero (SiteWorks) — The biggest thing for us is being able to do digital terrain modeling for cut/fill analysis. Our ultimate goal is to lead our practice with technology, and the landscape-focused features in Vectorworks Landmark allow us to do that.

Phillip Tripp (Surface 678) — There are three big changes I’d call out. The first is replacing AutoCAD files with references to allow multiple people to work simultaneously with a single Vectorworks Project Sharing file.

The second is capitalizing on the dual system of organizing data — classes and layers — to exponentially increase our ability to develop conceptual options quickly in a clear and manageable way, from simple diagrams to full construction alternates; all while simultaneously keeping presentation quality graphics current without ever leaving Vectorworks. Additionally, our more complex projects are using Vectorworks site modeling and freeform modeling features in conjunction with Twinmotion to produce highly detailed flythrough videos for clients, without the need to use SketchUp or Rhino. 

Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, North Carolina. Courtesy of Surface 678.

Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary, North Carolina. Courtesy of Surface 678.

The third is the use of Vectorworks’ resource library to actively manage our plant library and detail library, which improves our ability to provide quality assurance standards across all projects — a Vectorworks benefit that will continue to improve as we expand our office standards.

Scott Lebsack (BYLA) — Modeling and plant tools are the biggest improvements. I haven’t had to manually count plants in several years. I’m able to model a project and cut sections and elevations to show different aspects that change with the project. Ultimately, the largest change (which is a very simple one) is having fills associated with lines. I haven’t spent time in several years struggling to hatch something.

In what ways does Vectorworks Landmark help you perform your job responsibilities to the highest level?

Jordan Guerrero (SiteWorks) — When we look at a site model, we’re really focusing on the real-world implications of how everything interacts. That’s why digital terrain modeling and cut/fill analysis are so important to us. They allow us to better understand the site, its elevations, and what those elevations mean when it comes to design services.

Phillip Tripp (Surface 678) — Exceeding client expectations requires success in multiple ways; but in general, it’s high quality graphics and options in a timely manner which Vectorworks has proven more than capable, including expanding our services from high end perspectives to complete models, which clients have used for marketing in every case.

Scott Lebsack (BYLA) — Plant tools, worksheets, class and layer management all streamline the work I do every day. They allow me to be more efficient with my time and more consistent with my drawings.

Poolside Patio courtesy of BYLA.

Poolside Patio courtesy of BYLA.

Have there been any challenges since switching? If so, how have you addressed them?

Jordan Guerrero (SiteWorks) — We have to be very open about our software choice when working with other firms. It’s been important to talk it out at the beginning and determine proper file types. It’s just about assuring firms that our using Vectorworks isn’t going to change their workflow. Although there are many file types to collaborate with, the translation of information isn’t always seamless. We find that it sometimes requires testing with clients to find an agreeable file type to work with.

Phillip Tripp (Surface 678) — An anticipated growing pain is that new hires are typically unfamiliar with Vectorworks and require in-office training during orientation and continued assistance through office mentors for the first couple months.

We work around this with Project Sharing. All production staff on a project can see the efforts of their peers and can identify when new hires would benefit from reminders on techniques or office standards. We’re optimistic that universities will expand their software options within the landscape architecture program and offer access or training courses in Vectorworks, as this skill set would be highly valued.

Scott Lebsack (BYLA) — We’ve struggled with speed on some repetitive drafting activities. That said, the Vectorworks development team has been very responsive to user feedback when it comes to improving the software. We’ve pushed feature requests in Vectorworks’ forum that we hope to see implemented.

Vectorworks is a major sponsor of Land8.

Equity, Justice, and Landscape [Webinar]

Recorded Friday, June 19, 2020

Sparked by the murders of Black Americans by police officers, rebellions in many cities have revealed systemic disparities in the living conditions of people based on race, class and gender. The built environment is going through a rapid re-examination of its role in enabling or inhibiting social equity and racial justice. How could this impact how landscape architects are taught and how they practice? How could we encode equity and justice into our work? In this interactive session, multidisciplinary panelists will offer insight into what equity and justice mean, especially when working in economically, socio-culturally, and ecologically unjust places. Participants will be invited to participate in visioning new strategies for equipping landscape architecture to meet these grand challenges.

Fred Brown
Fred Brown is President and CEO of The Forbes Funds, a philanthropic organization focused on strengthening the management capacity and impact of community nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area. TFF is an Intermediary Foundation that serves 12 counties in SWPA, providing capacity-building support to nonprofit organizations in the human services and community development arenas. For 35 years, TFF has been an innovative leader addressing the needs of over 2,200 nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh region, specializing in fiscal management, strategic planning, back office support, mergers, acquisitions, and organizational sun setting.

Breeze Outlaw
Breeze Outlaw is a landscape designer at Sasaki in Watertown, Mass. whose work addresses the perceptual and physical connections of equitable and just access to public spaces. In zir work, zie explores frameworks of equity that emphasize place-keeping through black futurism, cultural expression, and natural systems. Breeze’s belief in design as a tool to empower people and reflect place has allowed zir to collaborate with community stakeholders, food producers, artists, organizers, and municipalities on projects that address challenges ranging from food access disparities, gentrification, and affirming spaces for black womxn. Breeze holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University, is a recipient of an ASLA Certificate of Honor, ASLA Student Honor Award, and is a Landscape Architecture Foundation Olmsted Scholar. Zie is also the co-founder of Blackscapes, an initiative aimed at exploring the intersection of the black experience in the built environment.

Vernice Miller-Travis
Vernice Miller-Travis is Executive Vice President of The Metropolitan Group. In addition to being a co-founder of WeACT and a pioneer in the Environmental Justice Movement, she is an expert in multicultural engagement and organizational development with significant expertise in clean air and water, regulatory systems and environmental and urban planning. Vernice consults for federal and state agencies, foundations and nonprofits. Prior to becoming a consultant, she established the environmental justice program for NRDC and initiated the environmental justice grantmaking portfolio for the Ford Foundation. Vernice has extensive experience working with communities that have undergone economic disinvestment and environmental degradation by facilitating community-based planning and implementing community revitalization and sustainable redevelopment initiatives and projects. She has the proven ability to bring unlikely partners and diverse stakeholders from all sectors together and to help find shared goals and solutions. She is trained in environmental conflict mediation, alternative dispute resolution, and how to navigate longstanding racial, cultural and economic conflicts.


Kofi Boone, ASLA
Kofi Boone, ASLA is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at NC State University in the College of Design. Kofi is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan (BSNR 1992, MLA 1995). His work is in the overlap between landscape architecture and environmental justice with specializations in democratic design, digital media, and interpreting cultural landscapes. His teaching and professional work have earned numerous awards including student and professional ASLA awards. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Conservation Network as well as the Landscape Architecture Foundation where he is Vice President of Education. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and events. His published work is broadly disseminated in peer-reviewed and popular media and he is a frequent contributor to Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will increase their understanding of the differences between the terms equity and justice as well as their implications from multidisciplinary lenses.
  • Participants will gain an awareness of case studies reflecting how social equity and racial justice were embedded within built environmental work processes and measured to determine their effectiveness.
  • Participants will collaborate in the process of translating findings into strategies to impact the teaching and practice of landscape architecture.
  • Participants will gain information to support the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of communities facing inequity and injustice,
Breakout Room topics 
  • Accreditation: Although the review period is officially ended, the window closed in the nascent stages of the current rebellion. The current state of affairs has challenged all sectors, including the academic sector. How could we learn from the spirit of the times and infuse social equity and racial justice into our programs and classrooms?
  • SITES: SITES was revolutionary in providing metrics and rewards for the ecological process and material impacts of sustainable site design. However, it has fallen short on human factors. How might the social equity and racial justice impacts of site design be measured and rewarded in SITES?
  • ASLA Strategic Plan: ASLA is currently going through an ASLA CEO search. The new CEO will have a mandate to develop a strategic plan to guide the organization through turbulent times. How might social equity and racial justice be infused into this strategic plan?

Following the session, the information will be compiled and we will work with the webinar participants and others to position and advocate for the recommendations in a range of organizations.

Sponsorship funds were donated to The Urban Studio.

Lead Image: Kofi Boone, 2017

Land8 Virtual Conference 2020 [Webinars]

The Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings was held on April 20 – 23, 2020. View recordings here:

Kona Gray (EDSA) – “Design Thinking – Utilizing Hand Graphics to Explore Ideas” | View >

Barbara Deutsch (Landscape Architecture Foundation) – “Landscape Performance to Demonstrate Impact” | View >

John Surico (Journalist and Urban Planning Researcher) – “Revitalizing Urban Parks After COVID-19” | View >

Gina Ford (Agency Landscape + Planning) – “Cutting Against the Bias – A Talk About the Strategic Advantage of Gender and Design” | View >

Kurt Culbertson (Design Workshop) – “Spatial Equity in the Time of Covid 19” | View >

Catherine Saunders (TBG Partners), Emma Tardella (NAK Design), Matt Alcide (Land8) – “Designing High-Performing (Digital) Landscapes: Social Media’s Place in Landscape Architecture” | View >

Brian Jencek (HOK) – “Healthy Cities: City-Making at the Intersection of Landscape Architecture and Public Health” | View >

Sara Zewde (Studio Zewde) – “Recent Work” | View >

Note: Continuing education credits are no longer available and only available to those who registered and completed the survey.

Sara Zewde | Recent Work [Webinar]


In the context of rapid urban development, a changing climate, and clarified social and political tensions, the narratives embedded in ecologies of memory offer creative departures for landscape architecture today. Sara Zewde will discuss the recent design work of Studio Zewde in this context.

This webinar is from the Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings, recorded on April 23, 2020.


Brian Jencek | Healthy Cities: City-Making at the Intersection of Landscape Architecture and Public Health [Webinar]


Great cities are defined by their great streets and open spaces. Yet the very existence of cities continues to be challenged by pandemics and climate change. Join this session to learn how landscape architecture is redefining cities through the lens of human health and resilience.

This webinar is from the Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings, recorded on April 23, 2020.


Designing High-Performing (Digital) Landscapes: Social Media’s Place in Landscape Architecture [Webinar]


Social media, when used correctly, is an invaluable tool to landscape architects. Social media plays a critical role in how landscape architects control the profession’s narrative in an architecture-focused media landscape.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Attendees will learn how important a social media presence is, why it matters, and how it contributes overall to educating people about the profession
  2. Attendees will learn about the various social media platforms available for use and how to create a sound strategy
  3. Attendees will understand available social media metrics, how and when to report, and how these insights prove an ROI to leadership and board members
  4. Attendees will learn tips for crowdsourcing content from employees across their firm so everyone feels represented and increasing follower engagement


  • Catherine Saunders, TBG Partners
  • Emma Tardella, NAK Design Strategies
  • Matt Alcide, Land8: Landscape Architecture Network

This webinar is from the Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings, recorded on April 22, 2020.


Kurt Culbertson | Spatial Equity in the Time of Covid 19 [Webinar]


The imperative for designers to create spaces of great social interaction that bring together diverse, multi-generational populations is now being questioned in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yet out of this crisis and chaos can come lasting opportunities to rethink the nature of work, to redefine resiliency to address challenges of pandemics and other health crisis, and to examine the equitable design of public spaces which are flexible and adaptable to a new understanding of public health. The pandemic has been particularly devastating for seniors, low income communities, and people of color. In the face of our current challenges, we need to determine the place of landscape architects in crafting a safer, more equitable society.

This webinar is from the Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings, recorded on April 22, 2020.


Gina Ford | Cutting Against the Bias – a Talk About the Strategic Advantage of Gender and Design [Webinar]


The conversation about gender in design practice often leans in on the challenges – that women are not achieving at the same rate as their male colleagues and that their achievements are not seen or celebrated in the same way. Agency – as a practice model rooted in an optimistic philosophy of the same name – claims being women-led as a strategic advantage. This presentation will discuss gender as a creative driver in practice, a multi-faceted benefit in business, and a critical dimension of diversity in design.

This webinar is from the Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings, recorded on April 21, 2020.


John Surico | Revitalizing Urban Parks After COVID-19 [Webinar]


With half of the world now living under lockdown, the ability to go outside and get some fresh air has never been so important, or so fiercely contested. As those who can afford to do so converge on green spaces, seeking exercise and solace amid the coronavirus pandemic, parks have become stages for collective joy, anxiety, and social-distancing infringement crackdowns. The multiplicity of benefits parks have always offered us — physical and mental health relief, community building, and free public open space in tight, increasingly privatized urban quarters — seem not only like an added bonus right now, but rather, a critical lifeline for cities and their residents.

This webinar is from the Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings, recorded on April 21, 2020.


Barbara Deutsch | Landscape Performance to Demonstrate Impact [Webinar]


The Landscape Architecture Foundation explores the concept of landscape performance as a critical tool for landscape architects to advance sustainable outcomes and reach key decision-makers. You’ll learn how to evaluate landscape performance and choose appropriate metrics and methods to evaluate your own projects. Supplemented by resources from the Foundation’s online Landscape Performance Series, the presentation will show how and why an understanding of the myriad benefits of sustainable landscapes is essential for designers, developers, and policymakers who influence land development and want better results.

This webinar is from the Land8 Virtual Conference sponsored by Anova Furnishings, recorded on April 20, 2020.


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