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Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-A07 - Building Community Through Landscape: Lessons from the Field

Saturday, October 20
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: 113-AB


In a country that is fractured spatially, politically, and economically, public space offers unique possibilities for experiments in reconciliation. We’ll explore opportunities for landscape to support social resilience in Seattle, Los Angeles, and the rural South, framed by lessons learned during 30 years of the West Philadelphia Landscape Project.

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Anne Whiston Spirn, FASLA

Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anne Whiston Spirn, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT, is an award-winning author, scholar, photographer, teacher, and practitioner. Her books include The Granite Garden (1984), The Language of Landscape (1998), Daring to Look (2008), and The Eye is a Door: Landscape, Photography and the Art of Discovery (2014). Since 1987, she has directed the West Philadelphia Landscape Project, an action research program integrating research, teaching and community service ( In 2001, Spirn received Japan’s International Cosmos Prize for “contributions to the harmonious coexistence of nature and mankind” in recognition of her life’s work. For more, see


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Claire Latané, ASLA, SITES AP

Senior Associate

Claire Latané, ASLA, LEED AP, SITES AP is a senior associate with Studio-MLA. She is a writer, community advocate, and ecological designer. Her work focuses on climate-appropriate design and promoting equitable access to humane urban environments and nature. Her writing has appeared in Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Dirt, Ground Up Journal, My Livable City, and the Los Angeles Times. Claire's recent focus is on designing and advocating for restorative high school landscapes that support mental health and well-being and increase students' perception of safety.


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Brice Maryman, ASLA

Senior Landscape Architect

Brice Maryman is a landscape architect focused on designing inclusive, sustainable and healthy urban environments. He is currently one of the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Innovation and Leadership Fellows, focusing on exploring the intersection of homelessness and public space. An award-winning designer, Brice's work has resulted in sustainable children’s playgrounds, regional parks and vibrant downtown plazas. In addition to his work at MIG, He recently served on the Board of Seattle Parks Commissioners and as the Technical Advisory Committee Chair for Planning and Design for the STAR Community Index.


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