Residential Design

Education Session - Presentation Format

MON-C07 - You Want What!? Managing Client Expectations and Nature in Residential Landscape Architecture

Monday, October 22
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 122


Landscape architects often face the heady challenge of educating and negotiating with residential clients who are often far removed from what is appropriate and or ecologically sensitive to a site. How to stay true to your design philosophy and moral duty to the environment is the goal of this session.

Learning Objectives:

Christopher LaGuardia, FASLA

LaGuardia Design Group

Christopher LaGuardia is the managing principal of the LaGuardia Design Group a landscape architecture firm practicing since 1992. The focus of the firm’s award-winning work is primarily on second home residential projects on eastern Long Island N.Y. Chris serves on the boards of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, The Lake George Land Conservancy and Co-chair of the Parrish Art museum’s Landscape Pleasures annual symposium. Prior to forming the LaGuardia Design Group, Chris worked for Architect Norman Jaffe in Bridgehampton and M.Paul Friedberg and partners in NYC. Chris earned degrees at the University of Georgia’s School of Environmental Design and Cobleskill College.


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Mario Nievera, FASLA

Nievera Williams

Mario Nievera and Keith Williams opened Nievera Williams Landscape Architecture in 1996. Mario has experience in projects for residential estates, civic and community parks as well as corporate and institutional campuses throughout the U.S. and abroad. His work has been recognized in many national and international design publications and his firm has earned numerous awards and recognitions for their superlative work. He published Forever Green: A Landscape Architect's Innovative Gardens Offer Environments to Love and Delight in 2012. Mario is part of board of directors of The Horticultural Society of NY, and is the Co-chairman of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.


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Mike Albert, ASLA

Design Workshop

Mike Albert is a Principal and Partner at Design Workshop, an international landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, in Aspen, Colorado. With an award-winning portfolio, Mike practices residential gardens, affordable housing, urban parks and streetscapes, master-planned communities and resort redevelopment. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, the National ASLA Annual Meeting Advisory Executive Committee and the National ASLA Student Jury. Earning degrees from Oklahoma State University and Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he is a licensed landscape architect, member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED® Accredited Professional.


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MON-C07 - You Want What!? Managing Client Expectations and Nature in Residential Landscape Architecture

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