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Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-A03 - This Land Is Our Land: Stewardship of our Public Landscapes

Friday, October 19
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: 120


Iconic landscapes defining our nation's identity can alter our lives in deeply profound ways. They can also be intimidating and leave out significant portions of our collective histories. Three federal landscape architects and a nonprofit leader discuss our changing federal realm where design and community engagement matters.

Learning Objectives:

Jennifer Daniels, ASLA

Jen Daniels Consulting

Drawing on her background in facilitation, leadership training and race relations, Jen weaves strategic thinking and a sensitivity to local populations into her work. Her previous experience with the Smithsonian ranges from re-envisioning the National Zoo’s historic Bird House, publication of park design guidelines and serving as founding member of Smithsonian's Climate Change Planning Group. Prior projects include the ASLA award-winning Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park with Hershberger Design and a leadership and environmental education curriculum for indigenous populations in Russia and the U.S. Jen holds an MLA from Penn Design and BA from Skidmore College.


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Mike Hill, ASLA

Landscape Architect
USDA Forest Service

Mike Hill's career has been devoted to empowering youth and communities through design education, environmental stewardship, sustainable development and environmental justice.

Recent projects include a recreation plan for the Fishlake Basin Recreation Area in Utah, focused on sustainable development; schematic design for the TenX Campground of the Kaibab National Forest; scenery impacts analyses on multiple forests; redesign of outdoor classrooms at the National Arboretum; developing of a cartoon explaining access equity; research on strategies to increase hiking among under-served youth; and overseeing DC-area Every Kid in a Park efforts.


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Chris Beagan, ASLA

Historical Landscape Architect
U.S. National Park Service, Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

Encompassing more than thirty publications, Chris Beagan’s portfolio includes design and planning projects for some of America’s most historically significant places, from Golden Gate National Recreation Area to Cape Cod National Seashore. He also manages the “Designing the Parks” internship program, which invests in the next generation of public land stewards by introducing students to planning and design professions. Prior to joining NPS, Chris worked with Pressley Associates Landscape Architects. His work included projects at Philip Johnson’s Glass House Estate, Beatrix Farrand’s Garland Farm, and Dan Kiley’s NCNB Plaza. Chris is a graduate of Cornell University and licensed in Massachusetts.


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Phyllis Boyd, ASLA

Executive Director
Groundwork Indy

Before becoming the Executive Director of Groundwork Indy, Phyllis was a landscape architect and planner focused on sustainable design and planning and dedicated to working with diverse communities to transform built environments into meaningful, relevant, and life-enhancing places. After eight years in the field, she transferred her skills and passion for working on community-oriented projects to the non-profit sector and joined Groundwork Indy. Phyllis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Indiana University and is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin where she received her Masters of Arts in Botany and her Masters of Landscape Architecture.


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FRI-A03 - This Land Is Our Land: Stewardship of our Public Landscapes

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