2023 Spring Conference Session Descriptions
FLOWS, RUSHES, SLOWS
Maura Rockcastle, ASLA, PLA - Principal + Co-Founder - TEN X TEN
Ross Altheimer, ASLA, PLA, FAAR - Principal + Co-Founder - TEN X TEN
Our agency as landscape architects is grounded by our ability to challenge the critical foundation of the design process. As the field of landscape architecture evolves to combat the issues of our time - how we practice matters. This session will cover how, through design research, experimental methods of design process and ideation, and provocative questioning, TEN X TEN challenges the normative environment of practice through process-oriented ways of working, engaging, and seeing landscape.
Wisconsin Avenue Park - An All-Inclusive Park for EveryBODY
Tom Mortensen, PLA, ASLA - Site Planner/Landscape Architect - raSmith
Courtney Rogaczewski - Managing Director - The Ability Center
raSmith is collaborating with The Ability Center (tacwi.org) on the master plan of an all-inclusive park project at Wisconsin Avenue Park in Wauwatosa. This park will feature active and passive recreational opportunities for people of ALL ages and abilities regardless of physical ability or cognitive skills. EveryBODY will play together and be active in this first-of-its-kind all-inclusive fitness and recreation destination.
A Day at the Beach: Ecological Restoration Along the Great Lakes
Jacob Blue, PLA, ASLA - Landscape Architect - SmithGroup
Jessie Fink, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C - Landscape Architect - SmithGroup
The shorelines of the Great Lakes are heavily impacted by changing lake levels, wave dynamics and shoreline sediment transport. Ecological restoration of beaches and shorelines on the Great Lakes is rarely discussed or researched. This session will cover habitat restoration strategies along the coast of the Great Lakes from Lake Michigan to Lake Erie. Strategies such as shoreline armoring, planting strategies, and plant selection will be covered based on several case studies.
The Funding and Design of Outdoor Learning Environments
Sarah McDonald, PLA, CLARB, ASLA - Senior Landscape Architect/Urban Planner - Stantec
Melissa Curran - Senior Botanist/Nature Based Funding Specialist
Rosheen Styczinski, PLA, FASLA - Owner/Principal - New Eden Landscape Architecture, LLC.
Kerry White, PLA, ASLA - Senior Landscape Architect - Learning Landscapes Design
When scientists discovered that the transmission of COVID 19 was diminished when people were outside, spaces such as parks, open spaces, yards and greenways were reimagined into classrooms, offices, meeting locations, restaurants and more. Funding for green infrastructure and resilient landscapes has become increasingly available for projects within the Great Lakes Watersheds. Learn how to leverage grant funding to create learning landscapes.
Lessons Learned: 15 Years of the "Modern" Green Roof at UW-Madison
Jonathan Bronk, PLA, ASLA - Senior Landscape Architect - UW-Madison Office of Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture
This presentation will look back at 15 years of green roof design on the UW-Madison campus, sharing observations and lessons learned pertaining to the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of over 122,000 SF of vegetated green roof across 15 different building projects. How do we apply what we have learned to ensure the success and resiliency of the next generation of green roofs?
Wisconsin DNR and the Landscape Architect
Catherine Burrows - Environmental and Natural Resources Grant Section Manager - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Phil Johnson, PLA, ASLA - Landscape Architect - SRF Consulting Group
Landscape Architects do more than design to the clients project goals. We are also responsible to make the project financially feasible. The more we know about WDNR grant programs the better we can serve our clients. This presentations bring two professionals with a wide range of grant funding experience that can benefit the landscape architect and their clients.
Improving Landscape Performance: Elevating Sustainability and Carbon Metrics in Practice
Jodi Refsland, PLA, SITES AP, ISA Arborist - Landscape Architect - Damon Farber
How can we maximize the power of our landscapes to reduce the impacts of climate change? This session will discuss the importance of measuring landscape performance and how to reduce embodied carbon during design. Case studies are used to explore one firm’s journey to integrate sustainability metrics into daily practice and to ultimately inform more sustainable projects.
Stress Tested Tree Diversity Options
Jay Weiss - Principal - Cambridge Tree Project
With 1500 individual tree survival records and nearly 9000 annual growth measurements, the Cambridge Tree Trials represent one of the largest active, non-proprietary datasets known in urban forestry. Join Jay as he shares his latest findings, highlighting the most diverse street and park species selections ever trialed in our region. Growth and survival rates will be shared along with cultural observations.
Jens Jensen's Influence and Legacies: Celebrating Native, Local, Sustainable
Virginia Small - Landscape Historian and Award Winning Independent Journalist
Jens Jensen (1860-1951) was a visionary landscape architect, park designer, conservationist and co-founder of the "Prairie School of Landscape Architecture.. This program will highlight Jensen's focus on native plants and creating landscapes where people could interact and express themselves, including through equitable access within public spaces. Jensen worked to preserve the Indiana Dunes and The Ridges in Door County, and created The Clearing, a "school of the soil" in Door County.
Preventing Plant Disease Problems During the Landscape Design Process
Dr. Brian Hudelson - Director of the University of Wisconsin Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic - UW-Madison Extension
Many plant disease (and abiotic) problems originate at the time that landscapes are established. This presentation will discuss common diseases in landscape settings and strategies in plant selection, planting and maintenance that will help you design and establish landscapes that have longterm sustainability.
Landscape Architecture that Supports Positive Mental Health
Sam Dennis Jr, PhD, ASLA - Professor - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Landscape architects have long understood that people's experience of nature reduces stress, restores attention, and improves physical health outcomes. Recent research, however, has shown that green (and blue) environments can also help people cope with more serious mental distress related to underlying health conditions This session will cover examples of the ways natural environments support specific mental health diagnoses and will end with examples from landscape architecture practice.
Ethical Decision Making for Professionals
Richard Kyte, PhD - Director, DB Reinhard Institute for Ethics in Leadership - Viterbo University
Ethical decision-making is one of the chief responsibilities of leaders in any profession, especially since ethics is a crucial factor in workplace safety, employee engagement, and productivity. This program will introduce the “Four Way Method for Ethical Decision-Making” for working through and communicating difficult decisions with coworkers, clients, and the public.