Urban Design / Downtown Revitalization

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-B10 - Toward an Ecology of the City

Monday, October 22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 108


With the recent disasters of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey, as well as the California Thomas fire, there has never been a greater imperative to plan with nature. What is the role of nature in the city? Speakers will offer diverse perspectives to explore this important topic.

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Faezeh Ashtiani, Assoc. ASLA

Associate, ASLA
Design Workshop

Faezeh obtained both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Tehran in Iran. After working in the field of architecture for a year, she came to the United States to pursue her master’s degree in landscape architecture. Faezeh became an esteemed graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s MLA program in 2015 and joined Design Workshop Chicago Office later that year. She is also currently the chair of the Public Awareness Committee of Illinois Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects.


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Frederick R. Steiner, SITES AP

Dean and Paley Professor | FASLA, FAAR, RAAR, SITES AP
University of Pennsylvania

Frederick Steiner is dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, He served for 15 years as dean of the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin, having taught at Arizona State University, Washington State University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Tsinghua University. Dean Steiner was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at Wageningen University and a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. A fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, he has written, edited, or co-edited 18 books, including Making Plans (UT Press, 2018).


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Forster Ndubisi, Ph.D., FASLA

Professor | MLA, FCELA, FASLA
Texas A&M University

Forster Ndubisi is a professor and former head of the department of landscape architecture and urban planning at Texas A & M University. He holds degrees in zoology, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning. His teaching, research and practice focus on ecological-oriented design and planning, community planning and design, and sustainable regionalism. Ndubisi has received numerous research awards, including the Council of Educator of Landscape Architecture (CELA) President’s Award and American Society of Landscape Architecture Honor Award. He is a past President of the CELA (1998-99) and past Vice President for Research for the Landscape Architecture Foundation (2008-16).


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Kurt Culbertson, FASLA

CEO, Chairman
Design Workshop

Kurt Culbertson is Chairman, CEO at Design Workshop. He leads the field in evidence-based design and the application of performance measurement to landscape architecture, urban design and planning projects. His cutting-edge approach which addresses not only environmental performance but the community and economic performance of the built environment, has been highlighted in numerous publications. His work has been recognized through professional awards by the American Planning Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is an ASLA fellow, member of AICP, recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, and fellow of the Institute of Urban Design.


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MON-B10 - Toward an Ecology of the City

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