Climate Resiliency

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-A03 - Clarifying Uncertainty: Field Notes from Tackling Climate Change Across the United States

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: 117


Climate change can seem overwhelming and daunting. How can we—with other professionals and local communities—fight the impacts of climate change on treasured natural and cultural landscapes? Learn from three different approaches currently being used on designed and vernacular landscapes, in both urban and rural settings.

Learning Objectives:

Robert Z. Melnick, FASLA

Senior Cultural Resource Specialist, Professor Emeritus
MIG, Inc./University of Oregon

Robert Z. Melnick is Senior Cultural Resource Specialist at MIG, and professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. He has been a leader in cultural landscape studies - research, planning, and stewardship - since the 1980s. His most recent work, on the impact of climate change on cultural landscapes, received a 2017 ASLA Honor Award in Research. Melnick is co-editor of the award winning book, Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America, (2000). In 2008, he was awarded the James Marston Fitch Award by the National Council for Preservation Education for lifetime achievement in historic preservation education.


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Lisa M. Craig

The Craig Group, LLC

Lisa M. Craig is Principal for The Craig Group, LLC, leading a team of design and planning professionals to support community leaders, local government and nonprofit organizations in growing the economic value and protecting the architectural and cultural integrity of historic communities. Previous to starting her own firm, Ms. Craig served for seven years as Chief of Historic Preservation for the City of Annapolis. She spearheaded the Weather It Together initiative, a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a national model for resiliency planning.


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Mario Longoni

Urban Anthopology Manager
The Field Museum

Mario Longoni, Urban Anthropology Manager in the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum uses research and collaborative programming to empower communities to address growing challenges with existing cultural assets.. Much of his current work centers on strengthening underserved NW Indiana and Chicago communities’ connections to natural areas, teaching “research to action” techniques to youth, and helping convene local artists and organizations to create culturally resonant spaces and events. Mr. Longoni holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an M.A. from University of Illinois at Chicago, both in Anthropology.


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Laurie Matthews, ASLA

Director of Preservation Planning & Design
MIG, Inc.

Laurie Matthews is Director of Preservation Planning + Design at MIG and a nationally recognized expert in preservation planning and cultural landscapes. Her work has helped maintain and manage some of the most iconic and precious historical sites in the country such as Hearst Castle, Ellis Island, and Yosemite National Park. Laurie is fascinated by the complexities and stories associated with landscapes and the history they reveal. Laurie has garnered national and regional awards for her work, and she frequently speaks at national conferences on historic preservation and design. She is Oregon's HALS representative and former president of Oregon ASLA.


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MON-A03 - Clarifying Uncertainty: Field Notes from Tackling Climate Change Across the United States

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