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FRI-D04 - Who Do We Work For? Improving Our Cities Without Disenfranchising Their Citizens

Friday, October 19
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 113-AB


Public realm projects offer designers the tremendous opportunity to innovate and advance our communities, but they also carry the sacred mandate that designers be stewards of the public interest. This panel will explore the challenge of maintaining projects' creative, artistic, and/or functional integrity while utilizing a meaningful participatory design process.

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Marcus H. Pulsipher, ASLA, AICP

Associate Landscape Architect
Design Workshop

Marcus Pulsipher is a landscape architect and urban designer at Design Workshop’s Denver office. He has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. Marcus has a deep appreciation for the power of thoughtful spatial design and views it as one of the most effective tools shaping the character and nature of our communities and of society at large.


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Thomas Balsley, FASLA

Managing Principal

Tom Balsley, FASLA is a renowned designer whose NYC-based practice was founded in 1970 as Thomas Balsley Associates (now SWA/Balsley) and is best known for its fusion of landscape and urbanism in award-winning urban parks, plazas and waterfronts throughout the U.S. and abroad.
His published work, lectures, teaching and awards demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the quality of urban life as was recognized by the naming of Balsley Park in Manhattan, the 2015 ASLA Design Medal and the ORO Editions monograph, “Thomas Balsley: Uncommon Ground”.


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Brie Hensold

Agency Landscape + Planning

Brie Hensold is an urban planner, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. With a passion for understanding and improving communities, Brie brings a systems-based approach that integrates multiple disciplines and celebrates diverse perspectives. She has extensive experience developing creative, meaningful community engagement processes for planning and design projects. Brie’s experience encompasses multiple scales, from downtown and cultural plans to citywide park systems to resilience strategies. Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects. She co-teaches an executive education class in resilient cities at Harvard.


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Daniel D'Oca

Principal and Co-Founder
Interboro Partners

Daniel D’Oca is an urban planner. He is Principal and co-founder of the New York City-based architecture, planning, and research firm Interboro Partners, and Associate Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. At Harvard, Daniel teaches interdisciplinary studios on a range of topics, including refugee resettlement, fair housing, and age-friendly design. Prior to teaching at the GSD Daniel was Assistant Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he produced an award-winning exhibition about racial segregation in Baltimore. Interboro’s book The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion is an encyclopedia about accessibility that was published in 2017.


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FRI-D04 - Who Do We Work For? Improving Our Cities Without Disenfranchising Their Citizens

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