Residential Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-A06 - Design with Nurture

Friday, October 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: 122


The experience of women in the workplace and the importance of female leadership have recently catapulted to the forefront of American consciousness. In this context, three women in landscape architecture discuss the role of gender in their practices and design philosophies and make the case for valuing Design with Nurture.

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Michelle Arab, ASLA

Director of Landscape Architecture
Olson Kundig

Michelle Arab, ASLA is the Director of Landscape Architecture at Seattle-based Olson Kundig with 16 years of experience working on projects ranging from sculpture parks to residences around the world. For her, landscapes contain layer upon layer of narratives accumulated over time. In her work, Michelle seeks to unearth these stories and express them through her designs. No matter the scale or location of her projects, Michelle enjoys investigating different aspects of a site, from its natural and cultural history to wildlife patterns and folklore.


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Michelle H. Crowley, ASLA

Crowley Cottrell, LLC

Michelle Crowley is a partner at Crowley Cotrell in Boston, MA. She grounds her practice in integrity and inclusiveness, striving to make her office culture, project team relationships, and built landscapes fun and unpretentious. With over 25 years of experience, her educational, professional and personal background has given her a practical, collaborative perspective. She studied Asian Studies and was a landscape contractor prior to earning an MLA at PennDesign. These experiences, along with being a woman in a male dominated professional sphere, have influenced her mission to bring clarity to complex sites and to create beautiful approachable landscapes for living.


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Akiko Ono, ASLA

Shades of Green Landscape Architecture

Akiko Ono, ASLA leads design projects at Shades of Green Landscape Architecture in CA and has taught at UC Berkeley & UC Davis. Originally hailing from Japan with degrees in Comparative Cultures and Architectural History, Akiko decided to pursue landscape architecture as a medium for working “in-between” - between theory and practice and nature and culture, etc. With 16 years of experience, Akiko has led international and local projects at varied scales. Akiko approaches landscape as a realm where the circle of life including biological, social and cultural cycles are embraced, from birth, to growth and even into decay.


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Adam Greenspan, ASLA

PWP Landscape Architecture

Adam Greenspan has been the lead designer on a wide range of projects including public parks, campuses, mixed use developments, competitions and estates. Adam’s background in art and sociology, combined with years of horticultural practice support an integrated approach to design and allow him to develop projects from many angles. Adam has collaborated extensively with architects, artists, community groups and owner groups, as well as sub-consultant experts, in the process of realizing exceptional built work. Adam’s recent projects include: the Newport Beach Civic Center Park, Constitution Gardens on the National Mall , Salesforce Transit Center Park and Glenstone Museum.


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