Ecological Restoration / Remediation / Brownfields

Field Session

FS-004 - Reinventing the River: Central and North Delaware Waterfronts

Friday, October 19
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: 112-B


Industrial uses and infrastructure have long separated Philadelphia’s residents from the Delaware riverfront. On a walk of this emerging landscape, we’ll visit pop-ups and permanent landscapes with their designers, talk strategy with the agencies overseeing riverfront development, and see sites poised to unlock the river’s future.

Learning Objectives:

Michael Miller, ASLA


Michael Miller is an Associate at OLIN in Philadelphia. His recent project work includes the 30th Street Station District Master Plan in Philadelphia, LACMA in Los Angeles, and Hunts Point Lifelines, PennDesign/OLIN's winning entry in the Rebuild by Design competition. He is a founding member of OLIN Labs, OLIN's R&D group, with a deep interest in post-occupancy evaluation and evidence-based design. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Stanford University and Master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also teaches.


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Jim Fries, ASLA

Project Manager
Riverfront North Partnership

A registered landscape architect, Mr. Fries has been Project Manager for the Riverfront North Partnership (formerly Delaware River City Corporation) since 2012, responsible for oversight of planning, design, and construction of parks and trail sections along the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway. He was responsible for creation of the stewardship program of the organization, recruiting, planning, and coordinating all on-site stewardship activities with Riverfront North's partners including work training programs, school and after school programs. He currently oversees that department.

Prior to joining DRCC, his work included planning, design, and construction oversight of dozens of park and trail projects.


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Jayne Spector, ASLA, LEED AP

Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

Jayne Spector directs Landscape Architecture studios at Langan, specializing in the redevelopment and sustainable reuse of urban, historic and brownfield sites. Jayne holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BLA from Rutgers University. She has published articles developed presentations on sustainable urban development and cultural landscapes. Her book, Dockyard to Esplanade explores best practices for leveraging our industrial heritage in the redevelopment industrial waterfronts.


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Kim Cooper

Senior Associate
James Corner Field Operations

Kim is a registered landscape architect and urban designer at James Corner Field Operations. She brings breadth of experience to her work, and has guided numerous complex, high-profile projects through design and implementation, including the High Line Section 3 Phase 1, Philadelphia's Race Street Pier and Connector, Chicago's Navy Pier and Philadelphia Navy Yard's Central Green. She holds an MLA and an MArch from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College.


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Joe Forkin

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation


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Julie A. Bush, ASLA

Ground Reconsidered

Julie’s work as a principal at Ground Reconsidered combines her passion for design with the knowledge that the most successful projects are borne out of a collaborative effort with the community and stakeholders they serve. Julie has directed diverse projects such as, the North Delaware River Parks Improvement Study, the Porch at 30th Street Station, the restoration of Carr Garden at Bartram’s Garden, and multiple projects along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Julie is actively involved in several community organizations including the Community Design Collaborative and the Spruce Hill Community Association.


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Tom Fein



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Tracey Cohen, ASLA

Technical Director

Tracey Cohen, PLA, ASLA, is Technical Director with AKRF, a multidisciplinary environmental, planning, design and engineering firm with offices in Philadelphia, New York, and Maryland. As AKRF's senior landscape architect, Tracey oversees a wide range of projects, including the design of community parks and playgrounds, green streets, and urban ecological restoration. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Temple University.


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Michael Cheney

Managing Director of Urban Design
Groundswell Design Group

Michael brings over a decade of design and project management experience to the Groundswell team. Before joining Groundswell, he spent seven years as a senior designer / project manager at The OLIN Studio, working on a wide range of project typologies. He has been responsible for all phases of project design and implementation including concept / schematic design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration.


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Lucinda R. Sanders, FASLA

CEO and Partner

Lucinda Sanders as CEO is responsible for shaping OLIN as a leader in design excellence and resilient living amidst the complex challenges of the globe. She has led the design of many of OLIN’s signature projects. Her current work includes the Pier 26 riverfront park in New York, the landmark expansion of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and ongoing work for the award-winning Mill River Park and Greenway in Stamford, Connecticut. Lucinda is active on multiple boards and committees dedicated to advancing the field of landscape architecture and is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Annie Phaosawasdi

Senior Associate
Hargreaves Associates

Annie Phaosawasdi has a wide range of project experience, from master planning and concept design through construction observation. She has served as project Landscape Architect for significant firm projects, including Zaryadye Park, a 32-acre park in Moscow, Russia, and University of California Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Penn’s Landing Redevelopment for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Jamaica Bay Parkland Visions Plan, an Ecological Visions Plan for the 10,000-acre parkland on New York harbor jointly owned by National Parks Service and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.


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Karen Thompson, AICP

Director of Planning
Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Karen Thompson, AICP is Director of Planning for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation where she focuses on planning, design, and policy as part of the implementation of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Ms. Thompson is also a lecturer for the Planning Workshop course at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and serves on the board of the Southeast Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin and Master’s degree in City Planning with a certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Justin J. Park, ASLA

Landscape Architect

Justin Park is a licensed landscape architect and ASLA member with Biohabitats, located in the Baltimore office. He principally focuses his design work on implementing ecological design strategies within the context of the urban waterfront through the facilitation of habitat creation/restoration, waterfront development and access, floating wetlands implementation and enhancement of aquatic habitats. Prior to his work at Biohabitats, Justin worked on a range of project types, including mixed used, institutional, residential and urban design.


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Anchalee Phaosawasdi, Phaosawasdi


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