Climate Resiliency

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-B02 - Collaborative Restoration: Integrating Landscape Architecture and Ecology for Resilient Landscape Design

Monday, October 22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 122


Integrating ecological restoration science with the design of cultural landscapes requires a multidisciplinary approach, a project team able to combine spacemaking and science, project programming and ecosystem function, aesthetics and biodiversity. This session examines how the tools and practice techniques from design and restoration ecology influence project goals and outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

Steven N. Handel, Hon. ASLA

Professor of Ecology
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Steven Handel, Hon. ASLA, Distinguished Professor of Ecology at Rutgers University, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, studies the restoration ecology of urban and degraded habitats and how this can mesh with landscape architecture design. He is the Editor of the journal Ecological Restoration and is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. He received the Theodore Sperry Award from the Society of Ecological Restoration for his work on urban habitat restoration. He received his BA in biology from Columbia University, and M.S. and PhD in ecology and evolution from Cornell University.


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Nancy Owens, ASLA, LEED AP

Nancy Owens Studio

Nancy Owens, ASLA, LEED AP, is a landscape architect based in New York City. Her firm, Nancy Owens Studio (NOS), specializes in the design and planning of parks, cultural institutions, and historic sites. The firm was awarded a New York City Parks On-Call Design Excellence Contract in 2006, and has been competively reselected since that time. NOS has served as the prime consultant for over two dozen City projects, with a wide range of scope and budget. The firm is known for artistic projects that integrate cultural and community sensitivity with ecological design.


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Ann Kearsley, ASLA

Principal, RLA, MLAUD
Ann Kearsley Design

Ann Kearsley RLA, MLAUD, is a landscape architect and urban designer and the owner of Ann Kearsley Design in Portland, Maine ( AKD specializes in ecologically-based landscape design, linking landscape form and spatial structure to the dynamics of a site's natural systems and the enhancement of ecosystem function. Current work focuses on the planning and design of agricultural landscapes, integrating farming operations with experiential educational programming, regenerative farming practices and ecological restoration. Ann holds both an MLA and an MLAUD from the Harvard GSD and teaches in the landscape architecture programs at RISD and Northeastern University.


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Joe Berg, PWS, CSE, CERP

Senior Restoration Ecologist, Practice Lead for Ecological Restoration
Biohabitats, Inc.

Joe is a systems ecologist at Biohabitats, where he is Practice Lead for Ecological Restoration. He serves on the Board of the Society of Ecological Restoration and has been working in environmental consulting in the mid-Atlantic for more than 30 years. He has experience in the assessment/ analysis of natural resources; development, preparation, and implementation of restoration plans; and required studies, documentation and permitting experience. His focus is the conservation/restoration of coastal habitats, streams, wetlands and floodplains focused on ecosystem function, ecosystem services, increasing natural capital, and integration of local community needs with an appreciation of natural resource values.


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MON-B02 - Collaborative Restoration: Integrating Landscape Architecture and Ecology for Resilient Landscape Design

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