Historic Preservation/Restoration

Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-A04 - 1960s and 1970s Plazas: Restore, Remodel, Redo?

Saturday, October 20
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: 114


Cities are increasingly facing issues with modern era plazas that are in disrepair and that don't support current urban life. Historic preservation may not support current and future needs, so how much do we change versus preserve? Sensitive adaptation can lead us forward while blind preservation may set us back.

Learning Objectives:

Mark A. Focht, FASLA

Deputy Commisisoner / Chief Operating Officer
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

As Deputy Commissioner / Chief Operating Officer for NYC Parks, Mr. Focht leads a team committed to delivering high-quality, maintainable and sustainable public spaces at over 1,900 sites and 30,000 acres. Mark is a licensed landscape architect with over 30 years’ experience. He worked for the City of Philadelphia for 18 years, serving as First Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Mark is a Penn State University Fellow (2015) and has received Alumni Achievement Awards from the University of Massachusetts and Penn State. He served as ASLA's Vice-President for Communications in 2010/11 and President in 2014.


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Mary Margaret Jones, FASLA

Senior Principal & President
Hargreaves Associates

Mary Margaret Jones is President of Hargreaves Associates, globally renowned for innovative design of reclaimed urban waterfronts and recipients
of over a hundred national and international awards, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. As president, Mary Margaret leads the
firm's three offices in San Francisco, Cambridge and Hargreaves Jones in NYC on projects such as the London Olympics Parklands, Discovery Green
and Crissy Field. She is a past Visiting Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and
Fellow and Chair of the Board of the American Academy in Rome.


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Tom Oslund, FAAR, FASLA

Principal/ Director of Design

Tom is one of the leading design landscape architects in the country. Tom’s interest in art and his passion for design are fueled by a commitment to design excellence and innovation. Tom has more than 35 years of experience at a variety of project scales and has won over 70 awards locally, nationally and internationally. Tom is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and American Society of Landscape Architects. Tom has taught design studio’s and lectured at institutions across North America and Europe. Tom was recently the keynote speaker for the “Idea King” design conference in Xiamen, China.


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Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA

Reed Hilderbrand

Gary Hilderbrand, the 2017 winner of the American Society of Landscape Architects Design Medal, is principal of Reed Hilderbrand LLC. He is also Professor in Practice at Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1990. Notable projects include Long Dock Park in Beacon, NY, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, and campus projects at Duke University, Yale, Harvard, and MIT. Reed Hilderbrand was recognized as ASLA’s 2013 Firm of the Year. Hilderbrand is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he was Mercedes T. Bass Resident in Landscape Architecture for the fall of 2017.


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Richard Maimon, FAIA, LEED AP


Richard Maimon is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and innovative design. For over twenty-five years, Richard has worked to move architecture forward while creating projects that remain deeply rooted to place and culture. He currently oversees projects at Washington University in St. Louis, New York University, and Philadelphia’s LOVE Park. Past projects include the US Embassy in London, Dilworth Park in Philadelphia, and Levine Hall at U. Penn. Richard lectures internationally on sustainability, tectonics, building within historic precincts, and the role of architecture in diplomacy.


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SAT-A04 - 1960s and 1970s Plazas: Restore, Remodel, Redo?

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