International Design

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-A05 - Landscape Architecture in Global Health: Case Studies with Informal “Slum” Communities

Friday, October 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: 109


Landscape architects join forces with global health professionals to tackle poverty, ecosystem degradation, and health inequities in developing countries through participatory landscape interventions. Three case studies of interdisciplinary design/build research projects working with informal “slum” communities in Lima and Iquitos, Peru, and Kathmandu, Nepal, show measured improvements in human and environmental health.

Learning Objectives:

Jorge Alarcón, Assoc. ASLA

Project Architect and Landscape Architect

Jorge Alarcon, Arq., MLA
Coco is a co-founder of Traction (formerly known as the Informal Urban Communities Initiative) a University of Washington-affiliated design activism, research, and education program working in Peru since 2011. He has over 10 years of experience leading architecture, landscape architecture, and public health projects. His most recent projects focus on measuring the impact of landscape architectural interventions in neglected floating communities in the Amazon Rainforest on human, ecological and environmental health.


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Leann Andrews

Project Landscape Architect

Leann Andrews, RLA, ASLA, PhD
Leann is a registered landscape architect trained in global health with 12 years experience leading design-build-research projects for human and ecological health. Leann holds a PhD in the Built Environment from the University of Washington, and degrees in landscape architecture and global health at UW and The Ohio State University. At Traction, Leann leads transdisciplinary design and research projects examining landscape interventions and their impacts on human and ecological health, in particular for vulnerable communities and ecosystems. She was named a 2016 NIH Fogarty Global Health Scholar, and 2013 LAF National Olmsted Scholar.


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Brian Gerich, AIA

Project Architect
Architects Without Borders

Brian Gerich, AIA
With a background in architecture and landscape architecture, Brian has been collaborating on interdisciplinary design projects as a project architect, designer and installation artist for 15 years. He has led diverse projects in both Nepal and Peru, working with underserved communities to identify and bridge gaps between existing complex social, economic and ecological systems using a deeply collaborative and participatory methodology. Brian served as a past Chairman and Vice-President as a board member with Architects Without Borders and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture and a Project Architect at Mahlum in Seattle.


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Joseph R. Zunt

Neurologist and Professor of Global Health
University of Washington

Joseph Zunt, MD, MPH
Dr. Zunt is a neurologist at the Harborview Medical Center and Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Neurology at the University of Washington. He has been working in global health research in Peru for over 20 years, including collaborating with landscape architects in both Lima and Iquitos Peru on understanding the ways in which the built environment is a determinant of health. Joe leads the NIH Fogarty Northern Pacific Global Health Fellows Consortium, and is Co-Director of the Center for AIDS Research International Core, and the Program for Education and Research in Latin America.


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Ben Spencer, ASLA

Associate Professor
University of Washington


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