Education Session - Panel Format

MON-B06 - Why Are Soils a Problem in Landscape Design and Construction?

Monday, October 22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 120


There is a soil–plant continuum—an ecological symbiosis—that is essential for the growth and sustainability of all vegetation. Healthy plants and soil are inseparable and exist as one living system. This session will demonstrate how soil principles are essential components of the landscape system.

Learning Objectives:

Tim Kirby, ASLA

Surfacedesign, inc.

Tim is a principal with Surfacedesign, Inc. Tim seeks to harmonize the physical and material characteristics of landscape with those having social meaning and emotional allure. He is attentive to the many roles design has in society, believing that it can engage humanity with beauty and authenticity, provide a voice, problem-solve, and shape incredible spaces. Kirby is investigative and curious about emerging technologies and resource adaptation. An integral part of Surfacedesign’s leadership, he leads many of the firm’s institutional and campus projects.


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James Sottilo

Ecological Landscape Management

James Sottilo, founder of Ecological Landscape Management, is a nationally recognized lecturer, arborist and consultant. James has built his career around his passion for the natural rhythms of nature and has continued to pioneer the industry through his design of innovative landscape ecology practices, research and technology. James has served as a key speaker at conferences such as the ASLA’s Annual Meeting and Expo, Atlanta's Organic Land Care Symposium, and New York’s Botanical Garden presentations; his ideas and experiences have been highlighted in publications such as the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Fieldbook and Landscape Architecture Magazine.


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Theodore Hartsig

Senior Scientist
Olsson Associates

Ted is a professional soil scientist with expertise in natural resources, urban environments, and ecosystem restoration. He is a leader in soil and plant management strategies for both urban and rural landscape projects. Ted's experience includes working with the design teams in for landscapes at the George W. Bush Library in Dallas, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Memorial Park in Houston, corporate campuses in California and Washington, and Tulsa’s Gathering Place Park, among other landscape development projects. Ted has developed and conducted workshops for the design and construction of stormwater BMPs, native landscapes, and soil restoration and management.


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MON-B06 - Why Are Soils a Problem in Landscape Design and Construction?

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