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Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture 2022 – Winners!

Here are the winners of the 5th Annual Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture presented by Land8 and the American Society of Landscape Architects! Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 and ASLA believe industry leaders in social media should be recognized and promoted. Be sure to follow the winners to help grow and promote the profession!

Top 10 Social Media Accounts – LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FIRMS

1. TBG Partners – Instagram
At TBG, we use our Instagram to promote the practice of landscape architecture by sharing a behind the scenes look at our design process. With a mix of hand-drawings, diagrams, renderings, and built photos, we believe it’s important to showcase each phase of our work and make a concerted effort to explain the “why” so each element can be understood by those outside the industry. We share our work with the hope of inspiring others while also celebrating the work of our designers.

2. Wiktor Kłyk Landscaping  Instagram
My primary goal is to show landscape architecture as an art that evokes emotions. Variable art that can surround us and enrich us every day. It is also a source where I have the opportunity to receive the extensive feedback I need as an artist to grow. “The projects I show reflect my perception of landscape architecture. I grew up in Polish postmodernism deeply immersed in lush nature. I was influenced by raw buildings surrounded by spontaneously sown meadows.”

3. EDSA – Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
We focused on making an impact in 2022 – within our communities, workplace and the profession. Through month-long features – like our campaign for World Landscape Architecture Month, we were able to focus on designing for the greater good, highlighting the people, projects and programs that have shaped the industry while providing a platform for initiatives that share our common goal. We also highlighted our people by celebrating AAPI Pacific Heritage Month, Pride, Pronouns Day, IWD and more.

4. Asakura Robinson – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
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 we impact take center stage as we celebrate the people / places that make our industry thrive. Our firm shares quality content that entices readers to engage with us. Much like our core beliefs, we value the ability of public participation alongside our projects, creating space that encourages interaction.

5. Damon Farber Landscape Architects – Instagram
Damon Farber Landscape Architects uses social media to inspire, educate, and engage the public and communities that they serve. Their approach is free form, keeping up with what is currently happening in their work, culture, and the industry as a whole. DF/ uses this interface to display community engagement processes, design iteration, construction phases, and the celebration of built landscapes. Their social media approach reflects its people, full of variety, curiosity and passion.

6. dwg.  Instagram | LinkedIn
With the goal of educating and inspiring, we go beyond presenting the beauty of completed work to reveal the process required to achieve a vision. From soil science to tree relocation to AI experimentation, we showcased the behind-the-scenes work we do to improve our discipline. Our staff shared their experiences investigating dwg.’s own built work as well as landscapes explored on our travels, informing people within and outside the industry about the value of landscape architecture.

7. MRWM Landscape Architects – Instagram | LinkedIn
MRWM Landscape Architects uses social media to promote landscape architecture in a way that is accessible and informative. It provides the unique occasion to inform and inspire with the swipe of a finger, so we leverage this opportunity to showcase the profession’s many facets. Whether it’s a conceptual sketch, a construction site, a learning opportunity, or a platform to introduce our talented team, we see social media as one of our best tools to prove how important landscape architecture is.

8. Arterial – Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | TikTok
Our goal is to show how Landscape Architecture is intrinsically embedded into our everyday life and social interactions, and can spark interest and conversations. We share our knowledge and experience because we want our craft to be well understood so that people have informed opinions and can participate in the development of their own environments. We like to show what’s possible by sharing useful tips, achievements, facts, behind-the-scene glimpses, and more. Our memes are also pretty sweet!

9. NAK Design Strategies – Instagram | LinkedIn
NAK uses their social media platforms to engage and connect with industry professionals, students, and the general public. They utilize 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.

10. Pellettieri Associates, Inc. – Instagram | Facebook
Our Instagram educates and inspires our followers with many different aspects of landscape architecture. From planting tips to winter care for walkways, we keep our captions short and concise, in hopes of helping others maintain and improve their own landscapes. The best way to promote our industry is by encouraging others to grow their appreciation and love for their natural outdoor spaces. We use our Facebook page to share our team events and current projects with their friends and family.


Top 10 Social Media Accounts – INDIVIDUAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

1. Carter Roy – YouTube | Instagram | TikTok
I use social media as a platform to teach and explore the world of landscape architecture. Helping students, prospective students and professionals to better understand the field and visualize their future ideas, designs and other endeavors in this great field. Finally, Design It Green hopes to inspire the next generation to improve the environment and promote better health for people and cultures over time.

2. Nate Jaramillo Instagram
I’m nominating my coworker, Nate Jaramillo, because he does an amazing job promoting landscape architecture on Instagram. He shares compelling images, sketches, and Instagram Reels that show how exciting and rewarding the profession can be. He does a weekly Instagram Live where he shares valuable insights and answers questions about the profession. (Kyle Funk)

3. Eric Arneson – Instagram | YouTube | TikTok
Eric Arneson uses social media to engage with the design community by sharing his process and techniques, and engaging with audiences through memes. He emphasizes the use of new technologies, such as AI, in landscape architecture. He uses platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok as educational tools and aims to increase his social media presence to reach more people and have a greater impact on the profession. [Checkout Eric’s additional Instagram page dedicated to the responsible and transparent uses of Artificial Intelligence in Landscape Architecture]

4. Nahal Sohbati – Instagram
Nahal utilizes Instagram to increase understanding and appreciation of the field. Her platform gives a look into the ebb and flow of her design process. She provides resources pertaining to design, technology, and horticulture, to benefit her fellow professionals and students. At the core of her efforts is the desire to connect with and foster a community of people who like to learn and share, as well as to inspire new enthusiasts to join the world of landscape architecture.

5. Zixu Qiao – Instagram | YouTube
LandSpace Architecture uses its social media platforms to engage and connect with landscape architects, students, and the general public. LandSpace Architecture shares useful tips for landscape architecture students and young professionals on its Instagram and website, and also shares free tutorials on its YouTube channel.

6. Mike Albert – Instagram
Mike’s passion, discipline, humility and his unique and unwavering desire to incorporate solutions that marry human engagement within the natural systems they inhabit is reflected in his diverse Instagram grid. His residential work has earned respect and long-term collaboration with many of the nation’s most progressive architectural design voices. His stunning outdoor spaces he creates to his travels capture his perspective on the power of landscape architecture to shape the world around us.

7. Maci Nelson –Instagram | Podcast
The Landscape Nerd (TLN) is an edutainment podcast/ social media profile for the nerdy side of landscape architecture. TLN was created to spread awareness of the landscape architecture profession and promote conversation across disciplines and industries. Through these platforms, I am bridging the gap between the profession and outside influences that impact our design processes- such as art, music, movies, and travel.

8. Salma Samaha – Instagram
Following the pandemic, I decided to empower people for them to request the quality / quantity of outdoor spaces they deserve as a basic right. So, I share simplified info related to sustainable landscapes, inclusive outdoors, nature based solutions, the link to wellbeing, etc. for people to understand it’s not just beautification and reconnect with their outdoors to fight social isolation and spatial injustice. The account already has more than 8k followers!

9. Kiley Aguar – Instagram
Quintessentiallykiley is a curated page that examines the design of contemporary landscapes, highlighting both ethical practices and critiquing the absurdity in current practices. The page delves deep into the subject matter and offers a unique perspective on the issues and beauty present in landscape architecture today, with a mix of critical analysis and humor.

10. Chloe Gillespie – Instagram | TikTok
I use social media to promote landscape architecture through interviewing landscape architects about their projects from across the country and highlighting the stories behind the projects.


Top 10 Social Media Accounts – ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS

1. Landscape First – Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | LinkedIn
Born as a research project started in 2018, today Landscape First is an online platform that carries out a precise cultural challenge: to show the different facets that landscape can take on and the opportunities it offers us to improve the quality of life of communities and individuals. Our dissemination mission is carried out through our website and social platforms. We support transformation of cities and territories, promoting reuse operations, care of public spaces and urban spaces, etc.

2. Landscape Architecture Foundation – – Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook
As the world increasingly turns to social media for information, LAF uses it to increase the visibility of landscape architects and spur action and support. LAF shares valuable resources; publicizes its research, scholarship, and leadership opportunities; and promotes the far-reaching impacts of the work it supports. By highlighting rising leaders and diverse voices, LAF spurs important conversations and showcases the discipline’s role in addressing issues like climate change and inequity.

3. Urbideias – Instagram
Urbideias offers technical solutions and visual interpretations about urbanism and landscape, in an innovative, soft and didactic way, combining depth, critical perspective and unique visualizations. They seek to positively transform and qualify people’s point of view about the city and landscape. Their main goal is to democratize the content about the city and landscape to many people, at the same time, from different locations, so they can strive for better cities in their own context.

4. Urban Play – Instagram
We work alongside Landscape Architects to transform parks into places that become a community hub that buzz with activity, boost the population of suburbs and empower communities to live happy and healthy lives. We promote landscape architecture through the promotion of these transformations via project images. Through our social media we also offer webinars and research-backed content pieces that educate and empower landscape architects to create well-designed parks.

5. LABash Conference – Instagram | LinkedIn
Each year, the LABash Conference engages, educates, connects, and inspires landscape architecture students around the country on various topics within landscape architecture. Social media posts promote this student-led conference by providing information on registration, funding, speakers, lectures, and activities to build excitement and support for the event. The account is passed along to other universities as a tradition, serving as an archive of past conference hosts

6. The Landscape Library – Instagram | YouTube | Facebook
The Landscape Library uses social media to feature projects and publish landscape-focused articles covering topics such as sustainability, technology, design and gardening while delivering online courses and other resources for professional landscape architects and designers.

7. University of California, Davis Sheepmowers – Instagram
The Sheepscapes Project utilizes grazing landscape management practices to redefine urban landscapes as multifunctional spaces that not only improve health and ecological sustainability, but also contribute to site identity, encourage engagement, and provide opportunities to pilot innovative maintenance operations. The project addresses the question: how can science, design, and practice converge to inform the creation of accessible green spaces that maximize cultural and environmental values?

8. Kansas State University Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning – Instagram | LinkedIn
Kansas State’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning provides the opportunity to engage current and future students, alumni, and professionals around the country through social media. Through Instagram and LinkedIn, we can share the impressive student work and abundance of enriching experiences in all our programs. Our content also highlights the positive influence landscape architects and planners can have in our communities and environments.

9. ASLA-Northern California Chapter – Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn
ASLA-NCC represents 900+ landscape architects along the north coast of California from Monterey to Del Norte Counties. Through social media, we promote our members + their work; celebrate their accomplishments; + connect a diverse + broad chapter by promoting our events, lectures, + tours. Our committees utilize social media to announce initiatives + resources that benefit members + affiliated student chapters. In April, we hosted a 2-week IG takeover leading up to chapter award announcements.

10. Landscape Forms –  Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Blog
In social media, Landscape Forms strikes a balance between stunning imagery and thoughtful storytelling. To best represent our industry and inspire our followers, we combine the aesthetically-pleasing promotion of our work with in-depth profiles on our design partners, project features and case studies, pertinent industry information and thought leadership, latest in product design and innovation, and the communication of our culture via employee features and community involvement highlights.

2021 Winners >
2020 Winners >
2019 Winners >
2018 Winners >

Please visit Land8 again in December 2023 for next year’s call for nominations!

Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture 2022 – Call for Nominations!

Land8: Landscape Architects Network announces the 5th Annual Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture, co-presented with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Land8 was founded as an online hub for landscape architecture professionals to interact with each other. The following has since grown to an international community of not only landscape architects, but also those interested in learning about the field of landscape architecture. Combined, Land8 and ASLA have nearly 2 million followers across their social media channels. Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 and ASLA believe industry leaders in social media should be recognized and promoted.

2021 WINNERS | 2020 WINNERS | 2019 WINNERS | 2018 WINNERS

AWARDS

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 “Best Social Media Accounts in Landscape Architecture 2022”, promoted through our extensive network, and our followers will be encouraged to follow the awarded accounts.

CRITERIA

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

SELF NOMINATIONS

Self nominations are due January 15, 2022 [extended to Jan. 23] with announcement of winners on or before January 27. Nominations may be submitted from anywhere around the globe.

NOMINATION FORM >

 

Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture 2021 – Winners!

Here are the winners of the 4th Annual Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture presented by Land8 and the American Society of Landscape Architects! Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 and ASLA believe industry leaders in social media should be recognized and promoted. Be sure to follow the winners to help grow and promote the profession!

Top 10 Social Media Accounts – LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FIRMS

  1. SCAPE Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn 
    SCAPE takes a narrative-driven, interactive approach to social media, using their channels to engage audiences within and beyond the design profession. In 2021, they leveraged high-profile coverage to raise the profile of landscape architecture—including features in The New Yorker, The New York Times, CNN, PBS, NBC as well as trades like LAM, Curbed, A|N and more. They see social media as a storytelling platform with the capacity to explain complex design concepts in a clear and accessible way.
  2. EDSA – BlogInstagram | LinkedIn | YouTube | Facebook
    EDSA’s strategy emphasizes the importance of connecting people with our purpose and how landscape architects positively shape the world’s communities. They provide an outlet for their team to share their insights, explain the significance behind design works and showcase the daily life of the industry to educate and inspire the next generation. In addition, they utilize these platforms to learn, share and collaborate alongside of their network for continuous, collective growth across the profession.
  3. Hollander Design Landscape Architects – Instagram
    Hollander’s Instagram account promotes landscape architecture by being a highly visible and intentionally connected channel focusing on inspiration, education, and collaboration within its specific niche: high end residential design. Inspiration posts convey the feeling of the landscape and design; education posts explain a design decision behind what’s being shown, and collaboration posts highlight the connection between architecture and landscape.
  4. TBG Partners – InstagramLinkedInBlog
    As landscape architects and designers, collaboration is at the heart of what they do. At TBG, they believe they are one firm, with many voices – and they make a concerted effort to amplify the impact of those many voices – their designers. They do this through their unique Social Media Correspondents Program – a program for crowdsourcing content to showcase the great work of their studios, while giving their audience a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating spaces.
  5. OMGEVING – Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
    Landscape architecture and Urbanism is not yet so present in Belgian media. OMGEVING uses their social media platforms to engage and connect with industry professionals, students and the general public to give an insight in the studio’s work. By providing pictures of realizations, plans, diagrams and visualizations, OMGEVING gives an evolution of current landscape architecture in Belgium and abroad with design themes like nature, density, cocreation, detail, climate, identity and new mobility.
  6. OJB – Instagram | LinkedIn
    With a brand refresh, new website and publication of a monograph in 2021, OJB embarked on an integrated communications campaign with three simple goals: inform, engage, inspire. Their analysis showed that people were most responsive to explanatory posts about soils, trees, plants, water, and climate that focused on the health and wellness benefits of landscape. Explaining how ideas were put into action with infographics and beautiful detailed images generated the most positive interactions.
  7. NAK Design Strategies – Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn
    NAK uses their social media platforms to engage and connect with industry professionals, students, and the general public. They utilize 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.
  8. Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners – Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter
    Felixx is very proud and passionate about their work and projects, and they love to share this with their followers. With every image that they post, they find it important to share their knowledge. Their chosen Instagram strategy aims to show their followers all the different aspects of their profession. They show them (technical) designs, dream images and real photos of completed and projects under construction. By doing this, they hope to inspire and excite their followers about landscape architecture.
  9. Confluence – Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog
    Confluence has a diverse practice, so their goal with social media is to illustrate how their many areas of expertise improve quality of life in communities through design intervention. They recently launched INSIGHT on their website – a thought leadership blog. They promote these articles on their social media to bring more awareness to the public about the impact of landscape architecture. They also created “Confluence Close-Up” on their Instagram stories to highlight the process of designing specific projects.
  10. WERK | urban design – Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest
    WERK | urban design utilizes a scorched earth approach to advocacy of the landscape architecture profession through their social media. Every member of the firm has access to post at any time to create a more personal connection. On one side is the polished posts about finished “werk”. On another side are memes that eviscerate the status quo of how our profession is looked at, how to have a stronger voice, and setting the tone for doing things right in a way their “normie” friends can understand.

Top 10 Social Media Accounts – INDIVIDUAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

  1. Nahal Sohbati – Instagram 
    Nahal Sohbati is a landscape designer that uses social media to showcase daily snapshots of a landscape designer’s life with the goal of showcasing the profession to broader audiences. Nahal utilizes her social media presence as a tool for introducing designers to resources they might find helpful with design, technology and horticulture thus strengthening a meaningful and shared passion in the online landscape architecture community.
  2. Eric Arneson – Instagram | YouTube
    Eric uses social media as a tool to engage and interact with the worldwide design community. He posts regularly with insight into his design process, techniques and most importantly landscape themed memes. Instagram and YouTube have become more than social networking tools but also educational and marketing tools for his business. He aims to increase his social media presence and adapt to the ever changing algorithms!
  3. Zixu Qiao – 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.
  4. Matt Sickle – Instagram | Blog
    MonumentBlog is a platform for sharing ideas about monuments, memorials, and public art from a Landscape Architectural perspective. In 2021, the academic-leaning project became something much more personal – a place for mourning. With a recurring focus on the COVID-altered world, places that he shared with his mother, and difficult American histories, the project explored the connections between landscapes and lament.
  5. Kiley Aguar – Instagram
    Quintessentiallykiley uses their social media platform to share homegrown and organic memes that are inspired from day-to-day experiences and general thoughts and ethical quarrels. The “shitposting” page is stylized to push often critical and sometimes absurd thinking. They use this space to express humor that is meant to inspire, educate, network, and entertain landscape architects or anyone drawn to the account.
  6. Aaron Williams – Instagram
    Aaron’s COVID hobby has become a hyper-local exercise in understanding the place of his daily existence. It is through the lens of landscape architecture principles and techniques that he uses the medium of LEGO to give notice to his community and respect to the built environment around us everyday. While his hobby of 20 months has pivoted his landscape architecture practice, he is rewarded with authentic interests in how landscape architecture can do more good.
  7. Kim Ferrara – Instagram
    An emerging professional, Kim has used her platform to promote the authentic student experience in landscape architecture since her first semester. As time progressed, Kim shared tips, workflows, processional work, and the real-life struggles of studios, internships, and lessons learned. Today, Kim honed in on her brand Humble Oaks and shares her thesis findings in the realm of sociology as it pertains to landscape architecture, plus more.
  8. Romy Hecht – Instagram 
    As a regular columnist in Chile’s printed media, lecturer and full-time Professor on the history and theory of landscape at the Pontificia Universidad Católica’s School of Architecture of Chile, Hecht has engaged in significant foundational work on landscape advocacy and activism in order to nurture, disseminate and, ultimately, ingrain a culture of landscape in Chile and Latin America.
  9. Madeline Kirschner – Instagram
    Using Social Media as a daily communication tool as a student in landscape architecture, Madeline is empowered to reach out and follow professionals that otherwise would seem unapproachable. Working to strengthen the network of students during Covid-19, she has made friends from university programs across the country and continues to be amazed at how informational posts can be spread amongst the profession’s network. This tool is powerful for sharing landscape architecture ideas, but also for daily support and encouragement, which is important as so many are working remotely.
  10. Rachel Meier – Instagram
    Social media has connected Rachel with people from all over the world, inside and outside of the landscape architecture realm. She has used this on Instagram to shed light on the profession’s who, what, where and why. Promotion of the field can happen simply by helping others see how often it influences every day life: the places we know; the people we meet; the impact we can each make as individuals and even more so as a collective. She shares her own experience, work, and resources in hopes of growing that influence.

Top 10 Social Media Accounts – ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Landscape First – Instagram | Facebook | YouTube
    Born as a research project started in 2018, today Landscape First is an online platform that carries out a precise cultural challenge: to show the different facets that landscape can take on and the opportunities it offers us to improve the quality of life of communities and individuals. Their dissemination mission is carried out through their website and social platforms. They support transformation of cities and territories, promoting reuse operations, care of public spaces and urban spaces, etc.
  2. Landscape Architecture Foundation – Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook
    LAF provides leadership and resources to empower landscape architects to use their unique skills to change the world. LAF uses social media to promote these opportunities and share the innovative work of their Fellows, Olmsted Scholars, researchers, and scholarship winners. By featuring diverse voices and showcasing ideas submitted through the Green New Deal Superstudio, LAF inspires and spurs conversation about the future of the discipline and its role in addressing climate change and inequity.
  3. The Cultural Landscape Foundation – Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Blog | Pinterest | YouTube
    In addition to announcing new initiatives, furthering the reach and exposure of media coverage, and empowering advocates to take action – all while actively promoting the work of landscape architects and allied professionals – TCLF leverages its myriad social media platforms to drive traffic to its expansive website and advance its strategic communications/messaging.
  4. The Digital Journal – Instagram
    The Digital Journal promotes the value of shaping urban open spaces with landscape architecture through interactive video illustrations. The page is a collection of the imagined and the unbuilt, an archive of work that puts landscape concepts at the forefront and challenges the arbitrary boundaries of graphical representations. They have hosted workshops for 672 people across 58 countries to spread awareness and further the field of landscape amongst the community of designers and other enthusiasts.
  5. WxLA – Instagram
    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 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. urbideias – Instagram
    Brazilian-based urbideias offers solutions and practical visual interpretations about urbanism and landscape, in an innovative, soft and didactic way, combining depth, critical perspective and unique visualizations. They seek to positively transform and qualify people’s point of view about the city and landscape. Their main goal is to democratize the content about the city and landscape to many people, at the same time, from different locations, so they can strive for better cities in their own context.
  7. LABash Conference – Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
    After having to cancel the in-person annual student conference for landscape architecture students in 2020, the host students at Cornell University pivoted to host an all-virtual conference in 2021. The students utilized social media to drive attendance and as the main communication tool for attendees for up-to-date information about speakers, educational sessions, and social activities. The 2022 LABash Conference, which will be held at Louisiana State University in the spring, has already utilized social media to promote the conference and featured landscape architect speakers, shining a spotlight on the profession of landscape architecture.
  8. Kansas State University Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning – Instagram | Twitter
    Kansas State’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning captivates the attention of current and prospective students, alumni, and design firms across the country through their media presence. Their posts provide a variety of content and experiences in the field of landscape architecture and planning. The intertwined discipline experience highlights the integral roles these professions have in influencing the growth and quality of life in our communities.
  9. National Association of Minority Landscape Architects (NAMLA) – Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
    NAMLA has built a social network based on our premise to increase minority representation in landscape architecture practice and academia. One way they do that is through their micro-grant initiative in which they prompt their audience with a critical-thinking question. Responses are highlighted on social media and a monetary prize is awarded. They also highlight the work of minority students and professionals and are a resource for connecting minorities to landscape architecture jobs.
  10. Vectorworks – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
    Through their channels, Vectorworks (software company for designers) shares user-generated content from both professional and student designers in the industry, promoting their projects, accomplishments, and successful workflows to various design professionals. They often feature industry news, trends, and articles. They share free landscape-oriented webinars, as well as promote industry trade shows and events. Their initiative last year included a 9-part “BIM for Landscape” video series to help landscape architects understand how BIM principles can be applicable and helpful to landscape architects.

 

2020 Winners >
2019 Winners >
2018 Winners >

Please visit Land8 again in December 2022 for next year’s call for nominations!

Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture 2021 – Call for Nominations!

Land8: Landscape Architects Network announces the 4th Annual Land8 Social Media Awards in Landscape Architecture. This year, we are pleased to announce that the awards will be co-presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). 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. Combined, Land8 and ASLA have nearly 2 million followers across their social media channels. Social media has the power to significantly increase the awareness and importance of the profession of landscape architecture, and Land8 and ASLA believe industry leaders in social media should be recognized and promoted.

2020 WINNERS >
2019 WINNERS >
2018 WINNERS >

AWARDS

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 “Best Social Media Accounts in Landscape Architecture 2021”, promoted through our extensive network, and our followers will be encouraged to follow the awarded accounts.

CRITERIA

Land8 and ASLA 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

Self nominations are due January 17, 2022 with announcement of winners on or before January 28. Nominations may be submitted from anywhere around the globe. Please submit your nominations in English. If language is a barrier in applying, please contact us.

NOMINATION FORM >

 

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!

Top 10 Social Media Accounts – LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FIRMS

  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.

 

Top 10 Social Media Accounts – INDIVIDUAL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

  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.

 

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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 >
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AWARDS

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.

CRITERIA

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

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.

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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.


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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.

Panelists
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.

Moderator

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]

Description: 

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.

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

Description: 

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.

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

Description: 

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

Presenters:

  • 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.

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