Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-D01 - WeFabricate: Stewarding the Design Process with Craftsmen and Materials

Friday, October 19
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 108


The creative, adaptive collaboration between designer and fabricator can result in timeless, visionary landscapes. This entire process, which we are calling “craft,” yields incredible skills, knowledge, and beautiful work. By intentionally cultivating these partnerships and interconnecting deep specializations, we can expand and elevate the practice of landscape architecture.

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Sandra Nam Cioffi, ASLA

Landscape Architect
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Sandra Nam Cioffi, ASLA is a Designer at NBW with experience working on a wide range of projects including masterplans, public parks, urban plazas, residential farms, and botanic gardens. In 2017 she received a Virginia ASLA Honor Award for her “Pattern Research: Honoring Tradition in Contemporary Islamic Garden Design.” She received a BA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and an MLA from Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. Drawing from her past experience working in luxury fragrances, she continues to find inspiration in the architecture of scent and perfumery.


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Perry Maas

Project Designer, Public Space, Furniture & Lighting
West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

Perry Maas leads the site furniture and lighting projects of West 8 urban design & landscape architecture a design studio based in Rotterdam and New York. Perry has been working as a Project Designer for West 8 since 2005. Perry has a background as an industrial designer and mechanical engineer. Besides master planning, he mainly focuses on product design, lighting design, art installations and architectural design of complex structures. His oeuvre of West 8 projects includes a considerable amount of built work and award-winning designs.


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Alexander Kitchin

Principal - Design
Fine Concrete

Alexander Kitchin is the Design Principal at Fine Concrete. A specialist in 3-dimensional casting and Ultra High Performance Concrete with over 25 years of design and fabrication experience in custom concrete elements. Alexander currently teaches design studios at the University of Virginia investigating the character inherent in materials and how the process of making informs the spaces we design. Alexander was educated at the University of Virginia and Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He is a Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome in 2001/2002 and a recipient of a Graham Foundation grant.


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Nicole Sherman

Principal - Managing Partner
Fine Concrete

Nicole Sherman is an expert in Ultra High Performance Concrete design and manufacturing systems with a background in design and product development. As a principal in the firm and the managing partner, she focuses on financial and business development, project logistics and implementation, and product design and marketing in custom and production landscape and architectual elements.


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