Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-B09 - Demystifying Natural Stone: Increasing Project Creativity Through Design/Manufacturing Collaboration

Sunday, October 21
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 118


Innovative landscape architects are constantly looking for new ways to push the envelope of creativity. In this collaborative, panel-style discussion, the speakers will examine built case studies that describe how collaboration at the different stages of design, fabrication, and installation can lead to innovative design solutions.

Learning Objectives:

Ian Downing, ASLA

Senior Associate / Technical Leader
Mikyoung Kim Design

Ian Downing is a senior landscape designer and technical leader at Mikyoung Kim Design. His background in architecture brings unique insight and depth of perspective to the artistic vision for each MYKD project, creating spatial narratives that encourage public interaction with water, light, and color. He has been instrumental in the detailing and execution of the firm’s complex, urban landscapes, including finding innovative solutions to infrastructure and stormwater management challenges. His recent projects include the Prudential Plaza at 888 Boylston Street, 100 Federal Street Plaza, Chicago Botanic Garden Regenstein Learning Campus, and Boston Children’s Hospital Main Entrance & Roof Garden.


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Rodrigo Abela, ASLA, LEED AP


Rodrigo Abela is the principal in charge of GGN’s Washington, DC office and is currently responsible for handling the majority of GGN’s east-coast projects. His design work is recognized for its striking clarity in form, materials and purpose at a variety of scales in urban centers around the country. Internationally, Rodrigo is currently leading GGN’s embassy and consulate projects for the U.S. Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. Rodrigo holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia.


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Rick M. Schmid

CNC Coordinator

Rick Schmid is CNC Coordinator for Coldspring in Cold Spring, MN. In his role with Coldspring, Rick specializes in developing and optimizing processes for CNC fabrication with stone. His expertise includes digital file development, process planning and developing CNC tool paths. Recently he completed a digital sculpting process allowing a true digital-only path to create sculpted works in natural stone. Rick has more than 34 years of knowledge and experience working for Coldspring.


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Amy Thielen

National Account Manager

As the National Account Manager, Amy Thielen leads Coldspring's efforts to maintain and enhance partnerships with Coldspring's largest customers that have a national presence. Her efforts focus on the headquarters and key contacts throughout their organization, while coordinating closely with Coldspring's Regional Account Managers assigned to these customers' operational locations. Amy represents the entire range of Coldspring products and services, while leading the account planning cycle to ensure top-tier customers' needs, expectations, and strategic initiatives are met by the organization.


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SUN-B09 - Demystifying Natural Stone: Increasing Project Creativity Through Design/Manufacturing Collaboration

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