Climate Resiliency

Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-B02 - Fire/Flood/Slide: The Other Impacts of Climate Change

Saturday, October 20
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 108


Fires and landslides cost more lives and money each year than all other disasters combined. However, there are few resources dedicated to studying their impact on urban environments. This session delves into current thinking regarding these issues, discusses political/economic realities, and posits possible design solutions/ways forward.

Learning Objectives:

Greg Kochanowski, Affil. ASLA, AIA

Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Greg Kochanowski is a Principal at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, a multi-disciplinary practice in Los Angeles. He seeks to combine the techniques and strategies of architecture, landscape-architecture, and urbanism to create unique, forward-thinking environments that build upon and enhance the specific qualities of a place. His research focuses on resilient landscapes within the WUI that create synergies between natural systems, infrastructure, and development.
Greg received the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York, and has been awarded both locally and nationally. He currently teaches at Otis College of Art and Design, and received his MArch from UCLA.


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Helen Kongsgaard, ASLA

Assistant Professor
Rhode Island School of Design

Helen Kongsgaard's research situates landscape architecture within the emergent field of urban adaptation, examining the relevance of design to urbanism as cities respond to environmental and societal change. She is assistant professor in landscape architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and leads a collaborative design practice focused on the reclamation, adaptation and conservation of urban landscapes. She earned her MLA at Harvard University, where her research was supported by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Geographic Analysis and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


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Jeremy Lancaster

Supervising Engineering Geologist
California Geological Survey -- California Department of Conservation

Jeremy Lancaster is a Certified Engineering Geologist and the program manager for the California Geological Survey's Regional Geologic Mapping Program. He has worked on alluvial fan flooding and debris flow hazards for over fifteen years, including the participating on the California Alluvial Fan Task Force. Mr. Lancaster has authored several peer reviewed publications on the topic of debris flow hazards and recently worked with the USGS on evaluating the debris flow disaster that occurred after the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County, California, on January 9, 2018.


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Sean Kennedy, n/a

Post-doctoral scholar
California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

Dr. Sean Kennedy is a post-doctoral researcher at the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) at UCLA. Kennedy has wide-ranging environmental policy experience across public, private and nonprofit sectors, including policy and research positions at the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in Canberra, Australia, and the World Agroforestry Centre in Bogor, Indonesia. Kennedy’s current research examines the political economy and land use implications of large-scale renewable energy development in periurban landscapes in California and Indonesia. Kennedy is also quantifying and analyzing greenhouse gas emissions trends as part of the Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan.


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SAT-B02 - Fire/Flood/Slide: The Other Impacts of Climate Change

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