2016 Conference Presenter Biographies
Carl G. Fougerousse earned his Masters in Fine Arts with a specialization in figurative painting at the New York Academy of Art, and his BA in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He is the founder of Red Fern Fine Arts Studio, where he takes on commissions as painter, sculptor, stained glass and mosaic artist as well as building designer. Living in Italy for many years had a deep influence on his sense of aesthetic and his interest in Italian Renaissance and Baroque drawing and painting techniques, figuration and architecture, which have been at the center of his personal research and studio practice for several years. Fougerousse has taught drawing and painting at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC and the Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as Art History at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Charlie Rocheleau has worked primarily in the municipal marketplace for the last 16 years. His experience has been exclusively in Design-Build and CM at Risk delivery. Project experience includes K-12, post-secondary, municipal, senior living, water and wastewater treatment. As a DBIA professional, he actively advocates for best practices in design-build project procurement and delivery. Mr. Rocheleau actively participates with the Water Design-Build Council education committee, an organization that advocates for best practices in Design-Build and CMAR procurement providing education and outreach. His role as Project Director provides him the opportunity to build strong teams of design and construction professionals that have alignment on common goals and focused on meeting project objectives while providing the client a “single point of accountability” from concept to completion on all projects.
Christopher D. Flagg, FASLA The majority of Mr. Flagg’s 39 years of professional experience has been devoted to transforming his beliefs into achieving a higher quality of life through creativity, collaboration and design confidence. His talents within the arena of campus master planning, community planning, large scale mixed-use planning, transit-oriented and urban design, have led to numerous design awards and recognition as one of the professions foremost visionaries. His ability to teach, to create art, to inspire, to mentor and to advocate for the values of creative thinking, will continue to define his everyday approach to his professional, personal and artistic pursuits. Mr. Flagg’s role as Director of Design establishes the fact that from the earliest of design engagements, to the final ribbon cutting of a successfully built project, all professionals collaborate to ensure that a quality design leads to a quality product.
Craig Mellott currently resides in Central Pennsylvania where he has been exploring play and sculpture at Playworld Inc. for 20 years. He attended the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute of College of Art, Kutztown University, Penn State and Pennsylvania College of Technology. Craig has worked as a designer, sculptor and a professor of art and design. Some of his most notable work span the Playworld product line, play sculptures and the most recent collaboration with Richard Dattner, to re-introduce the iconic PlayCube structures. Discovering innovative ways to play for the future are what fuels his design thought process.
David Conner is the president of David Conner + Associates, Inc, a planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm located in Tampa, Florida. Since establishing the firm in 1997, Mr. Conner has received numerous design awards. Mr. Conner’s practice includes transportation and streetscape enhancement, university campus design, public parks, community redevelopment work, memorials and places of meaning, healing gardens, liturgical gardens, sensory gardens, and fine homes. Through his design work, David hopes to reflect a deep respect for our natural environment and a belief that our lives are improved through our interaction with beautiful outdoor spaces. David Conner is a 1984 graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture. He is licensed as a landscape architect in the State of Florida and he is CLARB certified.
David Driapsa, FASLA, is a historical landscape architect and the principal of David J Driapsa Landscape Architect of Naples, Florida, from where he is a consultant working on an array of projects nationwide. David is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, recognized nationally in historic landscape preservation as well as for contemporary planning and design. He led the national expansion of the Historic American Landscapes Survey for ASLA in its partnership with the National Park Service and Library of Congress, he founded and continues to spearhead the HALS program in Florida, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the international Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation.
David Sacks is a registered landscape architect with 28 years of experience, specializing in historic and cultural landscapes, parks, public gardens and environmental education sites. He has been involved in planning and design projects for a number of Florida’s most significant historic public landscapes including Fairchild Tropical Garden, Bok Tower Gardens, the Ringling Museum and estate, Sunken Gardens, Orchid Jungle, McKee Botanical Garden and many others. He holds an MLA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Dawn Emerick relocated to Jacksonville in 1991 from the DC / Maryland metropolitan area after graduating from Frostburg State University in Cumberland, Maryland. She crafted her leadership skills at various public and private organizations. She recently retired from her role as the President & CEO of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida and established Impact Partners, LLC. Dr. Emerick was recently invited to serve on the Placemaking Leadership Council, a group of international do-ers and thinkers at the forefront of Placemaking. Additionally, she serves in a leadership role with Florida’s AIA Board of Directors. Dr. Emerick was voted as an Up and Coming Leader by the Jacksonville Business Journal and was recently voted as one of the Top 40 Influencers in Healthcare by 904 Magazine for two consecutive years. She was named by the Surgeon General of the Florida Department of Health to the Statewide Steering Council charged with developing Florida’s Health Improvement Plan. She is an active member of ULI, serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida and provides interim executive director consulting services to non-profit organizations. In her spare time, Dr. Emerick speaks to variety of audiences on leadership and work-life balance topics. She is a two-time alumna of University of North Florida where she received her Masters in 1995 and her Doctorate in 2008. Dr. Emerick will continue to serve as Principal of Impact Partners, LLC and a Partner with THE BARGE while leading Groundwork Jacksonville.
Elisabeth Hassett, RLA As a landscape architect and an environmental horticulturist, Elisabeth A Hassett, RLA, has close to 30 years’ experience in work characterized by outreach that is interdisciplinary, inclusive and in many respects forward-thinking, always bearing in mind that ”It is human to crave beauty.” The areas where she has taken the lead include: advancing the profession of Landscape Architecture in transportation, addressing issues of community and transportation planning and design; applying well-founded conservation measures of natural systems; preservation of historic communities, culture and ethnic character; and even the restoration of the original ambience of a historic bridge that crosses the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to the iconic Island of Palm Beach.
Elisabeth Manley is a registered landscape architect with over fifteen years of experience in the design of park, trail, and transportation-related projects throughout Florida. She serves as the FASLA representative and ex-officio board member to the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation Board, a non-profit that supports the Office of Greenways and Trails. She also serves as Chair of the City of Gainesville’s Public Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Mrs. Manley has a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida with a thesis focus on the planning of ecological greenways.
Emily M. O’Mahoney, ASLA, LEED® AP BD+C, Partner, Gentile Glas Holloway O’Mahoney & Associates, has been a registered landscape architect in private practice since 1980. She designs award-winning projects from single-family residential, parks to mixed-use new urbanism development with emphases on the details that make a space successful. She is the current Trustee to ASLA and past Chapter President and Education Chair. Since 1997 she has assisted in setting up and preparing for the Florida Chapter LARE Review Seminar.
Gage Couch has been practicing Landscape Architecture in South Florida for 11 years. He graduated from Clemson University and University Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Tech. After 5 years practicing landscape architecture as an associate with EDSA he co-founded Cadence, with Rebecca Bradley. Cadence is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village neighborhood. Mr. Couch has worked in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, China and the Middle East on projects varying from Hospitality Design to Community Planning. Gage has been a board member of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale since 2014. He was named 2013 Top 40 under 40 new entrepreneurs to watch in South Florida, by Gold Coast Magazine. In 2014 she began serving a 3 year seat on Clemson University’s Professional Advisory Board. Mr. Couch has previously spoken at the FLASLA conference in 2014, in San Juan, Puerto Rico at its equivalent conference for Landscape Architects in 2013, and recently was a 2015 speaker for a credited education sessions with the FL chapter APA at their state conference in Hollywood, FL.
Ginny McDougal is a regional Play Advocate for Playworld, Inc. She has been in the playground industry for 15 years, working with landscape architects, designers and parks and recreation professionals. With a passion for play, inclusion and sustainability, she incorporated these principals into her work. She has a degree in Interior Design, is certified in Inclusive Playground Design and has her CPSI certification.
Glenn Acomb, FASLA, is Senior Lecturer at the University of Florida’s Department of Landscape Architecture. Since 1996, he has taught extensively in construction and design studios as well as specializing in green infrastructure and vegetated roofs. Prior to teaching, he practiced in Florida for 20 years including multidiscipline firms as well as managing his practice for over 16 years. He is the author of LARE Review: Mastering Section 3, Site Design from publisher PPI, and has served on the faculty of FCASLA’s LARE Prep Course for 15 years.
Greg Bryla has over 27 years of design and construction experience in the United States, Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. He has served as Design Director for Landscape Architecture projects ranging from Hospitality and Resort Design, Transportation, Parks and Public Realm with a focus on creating spaces and places that are authentic interpretations and reflections of their context. Mr. Bryla's ideal design solutions incorporate best building practices and educate clients, end users and public about how the project fits into the bigger picture of where they are uniquely in the world. He combines his extensive working construction knowledge with high level visual communication skills to bring clients high quality and bespoke design solutions. Greg began his career with EDSA Orlando and remains grateful to have learned much from John Miller. He then joined Fred Halback for a brief perioed before accepting a position at Glatting Jackson where he became principal and Design Leader for the Hospitality Group. Glatting sold to a large multinational company which presented some unique opportunities. Greg joined DH+P in 2012 and is enjoying the invigorating studio life!
Hayley Harrison specializes in public venue, healthy street design, resort design, and contextual landscapes. Her past professional experience has been a broad mix of public and private projects with extensive knowledge of construction methods and materials, planting design, and maintenance regimes with an emphasis on native and coastal landscapes. Responsibilities have included: Master Plan Design, Public Workshops, Hardscape and Landscape Design, and Construction Documentation and Observation. Hayley's 10+ years in the profession have covered a wide range of projects. Through it all she strives to work with clients as partners in creating designs that are realistic in budgetary, maintenance and aesthetic expectations. She began at Glatting Jackson and the following corporate transition period. In addition to landscape architecture, Hayley is an accomplished painter and explores bold color and graphics with paint and other mixed media.
Holly Keris is the Chief Curator at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She received undergraduate degrees in History and Humanities from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and a graduate degree in the History of Art from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the staff at the Cummer, Holly worked at The Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida, the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, and for the City of Orlando's Public Art Program. She spent three years as Curator of Collections at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. Holly has been with the Cummer since 2003. She is also on the Board of Trustees of the Memorial Park Association, the non-profit organization that works to preserve, restore and beautify Memorial Park, in keeping with its original design by Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects.
Ingrid Kanics: As an Occupational Therapist I help communities create places where all children can play together. As Therapy Director at Hattie Larlham, Mantua, OH, I oversaw therapy and recreation programs for children of varying abilities. I present at state and national conferences on the topics play, sensory integration and Universal Design. Curriculum Vitae: Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC President Assisting communities in creating inclusive indoor and outdoor play environments Professional Experience Therapy Director Hattie Larlham Center for Excellence 2008 - 2010 Director of inpatient and outpatient therapy and recreation programs Senior Play Environment Specialist 2002- 2008 Center for Creative Play, Pittsburgh, PA Assisting communities in creating universally designed indoor play environments Research Technician II 1999 - 2002 Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA Education Masters in Interior Architecture 2010 Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA Masters in Occupational Therapy 2001 Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA Bachelors of Science in Mathematics 1986 McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
James Richards, FASLA is a national award-winning urban designer and author, artist and educator whose work explores the intersection of place and creativity around the globe. He is cofounder and principal of the urban design consultancy TOWNSCAPE, Inc., and is a former professor of landscape architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. He serves on the international Advisory Board and as a blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers. His travel art has appeared in solo and group exhibitions, most recently in Moscow and in Havana, where he was the first American to have an art exhibition in Ernest Hemingway’s home (now a national museum). He is a sketching instructor for the online learning company Craftsy, and is a recipient of ASLA’s Bradford Williams Medal for writing. His book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery, published by John Wiley & Sons, won a national Honor Award from the ASLA in 2014.
Jeremy Gauger is a Vice President and Sustainability Project Manager with ArquitectonicaGEO. He served as Project Manager on the Perez Art Museum Miami, and is currently serving as Project Manager for Science City, Trinidad and Tobago’s new National Museum of Science; and for Grove Harbour in Coconut Grove. He focuses on blurring the line between landscape and architecture. Mr. Gauger has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Miami, a Visiting Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has presented numerous lectures on sustainability topics to architects, landscape architects and Green Industry professionals. He is a former member of the Miami-Dade County Bicycle Advisory Board. He earned a B.A. from Williams College’s History and Environmental Studies program, and an M.A. from the University of Miami School of Architecture.
Jim Gilman is the Landscape Architecture Group manager for the Genesis Group in Tampa. He has extensive experience with landscape architecture projects of all types and scales within rights of way. As consultant to FDOT District 3, Jim worked with the DLA to produce the first Bold Landscape projects in the District, and has been Landscape Architect of Record on more than 50 projects for FDOT over the last 5 years alone. The Bold Vision has evolved over this time to include innovative solutions to this directive in a unique region of the State.
Joe Beckham has been an advocate for greenways and trails since joining the citizen's coalition that actively pursued creation of the St. Marks Trail in 1985. He served two terms on the Governor's Advisory Council on Greenways and Trails beginning with its inception in 1986. A native Floridian with interests in education, the environment, outdoor recreation and community service, he joined Florida State University's faculty in 1980, specializing in education law, policy and finance. FSU recognized him with the Ross Oglesby Award for service in 1999, named him Allan Tucker Professor of Educational Policy in 2001, and awarded him the University's Graduate Faculty Mentor Award in 2011. He became professor emeritus in January of 2012. Joe earned his J.D. degree (1969) and Ph.D. in educational policy (1977) from the University of Florida.
John McConkey serves as Market Research and Insights Manager at Landscape Structures. He brings over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field, and offers a unique perspective on inclusion, health, fitness and children’s play on the playground. Since 2002, John has researched and tracked societal trends and industry trends to help create new and innovative playground design solutions. John develops and delivers IACET and LACES approved continuing education programs around North America and outside the United States. Professional Speaking Experience: American Occupational Therapists Association National Conference - 2011, Universally Designed Playground Environments, 2013 Playground Planning and OT Practice Protocol, 2015 Evidence-based Playground Design National School Boards Association Annual Conference - 2013, Inclusive Playground Design and Programming National Elementary School Principals Association Annual Conference - 2013, Inclusive Playground Design and Programming National Recreation and Park Association Annual Congress - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 NRPA National Executive Development School (NEDS) - 2008, 2010 U.S. Play Coalition - The Value of Play Conference - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects - 2014, 2015 Evidence-based Landscape and Playground Design Autism Society of America - 2015 Evidence-based Landscape and Playground Design
John Ribes was educated at Louisiana State University, College of Design in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.He is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Florida and Louisiana, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.Mr. Ribes was formerly an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.His community and professional involvement includes: Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Southeast Regional Program; Member of the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Selection Committee; Historic Preservation and Restoration Advisory Committee member; Past President, ASLA Louisiana Chapter; ASLA State of Florida Professional Awards Program Chair 1996, 1997, 1998; Uniform Nation Exam, CLARB Regional Review Instructor; Public Art in Public Places, Task Force Advisor; and Guest Lecturer.Mr. Ribes joined the firm in 1989.
Joe Samnik is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), a consulting arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), and is licensed by the Division of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Bureau of Entomology, State of Florida. Joe is entering his 49th year of practice including tree and horticultural consulting and the dispute resolution process. He received the Edward W. Bok award for recognition of lifetime achievement in the excellence of arboriculture. Joe was the founding president of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Florida Chapter and sat on the Board of Directors for six years as the Consultant’s Representative and Education Chair. He is also the current president of the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals (AEDP).His abstracts on tree assessments were selected for presentation at four (4) International Tree Conferences. His formula for appraising the value of roadside vegetation was included in Rule Chapter 14-40 of the Florida Statutes. Joe is a recognized expert witness in small claims, civil, criminal, federal and eminent domain courts of law. He has been involved as an expert in over 500 litigation assignments. Joe is a prolific speaker and facilitator of seminars. His presentations are recognized for continuing education units for the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB), the Society of Professional Engineers (SPE), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), Department of Insurance and other professional organizations. He has been approved as a provider for landscape architect CEUs from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Mark Woolbright is an inventor and innovator of living walls with 20+ years in design, manufacture, marketing, and installation of plantable wall systems. Mark is currently the Manager of the Filtrexx LivingWall Division, and graduated from Eastern Illinois University. Mark holds nine patents, has served on the Board of the St. Louis USGBC, and has collaborated with SIUE on green roof research since 2005. In 2011, Mark helped Green Roofs for Healthy Cities design coursework on living walls.
Michael Kidde Schooled in the Northeast but trained in Florida, Michael has over thirty years of Experience in the development field, the majority of that experience gained in the Tampa Bay area. His career has exposed him to all the various factions of the field including large scale residential, resorts, roadway, commercial and municipal development on projects across the US, spanning the globe and throughout Florida. Michael has only recently brought his wealth of knowledge to the Florida Department of Transportation where he serves as the District Seven Landscape Architect.
Rebecca Bradley has practiced Landscape Architecture in South Florida for 15 years. She graduated from Louisiana State University’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and Edinburgh College of Art. She is a licensed Landscape Architect in Florida and Louisiana. Prior to co-founding Cadence, Mrs Bradley spent the beginning of her career with EDSA as a senior associate at their headquarter office in Fort Lauderdale. Cadence is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village neighborhood. During her career Mrs. Bradley has worked din Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and the Southeast Region of the United States on projects varying from Hotel Design, Campus Master Planning, Community Planning, Healthcare Design and Urban Revitalization Projects. From 2007-2009 Rebecca created and launched Broward County’s first high school landscape architecture program at Northeast High School. The 6 week curriculum introduced over 200 high school students to the profession of Landscape Architecture. In 2015 one of her students graduated from the University of Florida’s Landscape Architecture program and is now employed in Broward County. In 2011 Cadence was awarded 1st Place in a national design competition in their re-imagination of 2.4 miles of open canals in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. In 2013 she was named Top 40 under 40 new entrepreneurs to watch in South Florida by Gold Coast Magazine. In 2014 she began serving a 3 year seat on Clemson University Professional Advisory Board. Mrs Bradley also served Broward County’s Cultural Council by serving on the 2014 Cultural Investment Program review panel. Mrs. Bradley has previously spoken at the FLASLA conference in 2014, in San Juan, Puerto Rico at its equivalent conference for Landscape Architects in 2013, and is a two time speaker for credited education sessions with the FL chapter APA for their state conference.
Richard Conant, FASLA graduated in 1973 from U of Fla with a BLA and joined the firm he owns today. The firm was named Foster Conant & Associates, in 1977 and he became President in 1988 taking over the management responsibilities for the firm as well as project development. Over the last 45 years the firm has adapted to both economic and market trends. The Foster Conant brand, known for design excellence, attention to detail, prompt service and cost awareness has provided years of award winning successful projects. The firm blends its seasoned experienced designers with young emerging talent in order to stay current with market needs. Foster Conant maintains a primary focus in the private sector of commercial, residential, institutional, medical, hospitality and entertainment projects. Based in the Orlando area, FCA has developed a strong reputation for their consistent and sustainable landscape and hardscape designs. Mr.Conant has served as Past President and Trustee to the Fla. Chapter of ASLA and currently seats on the Board of Landscape Architecture.
Sarah Michelle Rupert is a visual artist and arts professional living and working in South Florida. Working with photography, video, collage, drawing and animation, much of her work revolves around consumer, mass-communication and television culture in contemporary experience. Ms Rupert graduated with a B.F.A. cum laude, Creative Photography, Art History from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL and in 2011 earned her M.A., Visual Arts Administration; New York University, New York, NY Thesis topic: Private Collectors: A driving force in Miami’s Art Scene Her work has recently been shown at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Pinecrest Gardens Gallery and David Castillo Gallery in Miami, FL, FATVillage’s Project Space in Fort Lauderdale, GalleryBar in New York, and Olin Gallery at Kenyon College, OH. She is currently the Gallery Director at Girls’ Club Foundation, a private collection and exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art by women. She also works as an independent curator and consultant for arts organizations and independent projects developing website content, digital applications systems, curricula and workshops for artists. Ms Rupert speaking experience includes: 2014 - Art Roundtable Talk, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL and Artist Talk with Francie Bishop Good, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL 2013 - Visiting Artist Lecturer, Inspirational Fridays, Helium Creative, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Guest Speaker, Pecha Kucha: WOMENæˆ‘å€‘, Miami Beach Urban Campus, Miami Beach, FL Panel Discussion Moderator: Line Space Place, Bas Fisher Invitational, Miami, FL 2012 - Panel Discusision Moderator: ARTtuesdays: Contemporary Drawing, The Private Obsession, Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Visiting Artist Lecturer, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL Ms Rupert teaching experience includes: 2015 - Stop Motion Animation Workshop for kids, as part of the Miami International Children’s Film Festival, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Coral Gables, FL Stop Motion Animation Workshop for teens, with PACE Center for Girls, at Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Scott Merrell is a Commercial Illustrator and Graphic Designer specializing in Rendering, Infographics, Branding and Marketing Collateral for Architecture, Land Planning and Civil Engineering professions. His focus is on creating a visual experience to convey the direction and goal of proposed projects eliciting a sense of interest and excitement. Not only should every artwork be functional in appearance, but also have an artistic quality that would allow the piece to be used in marketing and presentation materials.
Scott Smith is a Professional Engineer in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Puerto Rico. In 2009, Scott founded Experienced Brick & Stone to prevent street bricks and other useable materials from being dumped in landfills. Scott has been involved in numerous projects reclaiming street bricks, cobblestones, curbing and stone building elements. These archeological digs have created a wealth of knowledge about historic installation methods, available materials and their history. He also provides advice on material selection and installation methods to support other design professionals.
Steven Brooke is an internationally recognized leader in the photography of architecture, landscape, and interiors. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Miami, he is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the Albright Institute in Jerusalem and winner of the AIA National Honor Award for Photography. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture. In practice for over 35 years, he has produced over 40 books on architecture, landscape and design, ten of which he has also written. Steven Brooke conducts highly successful workshops on architectural and landscape photography and lectures regularly throughout the country.
Susan Cohen, FASLA Connecticut Landscape Architect Susan Cohen graduated from Smith College and received her landscape architecture degree from the City College of New York. Known for her award-winning residential landscapes, she has also designed several exhibition gardens, including the landscape setting for Sculptures from the Museum of Modern Art, at The New York Botanical Garden. A long-time teacher and lecturer, she coordinates NYBG's Landscape Design Program as well as their well-known annual lecture series: Landscape Design Portfolios. She has also taught at City College's MLA program. Her book, THE INSPIRED LANDSCAPE, with a forward by Peter Walker, was published by Timber Press in 2015.
Tara Salmieri As a certified planner, Tara has over 15 years of experience in both public sector planning and private consulting. Tara graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Affairs and began her career as the front line manager responsible for all planning responsibilities ranging from development review, comprehensive planning, data analysis, code enforcement, staff reports and board presentations of a small city, south of Orlando, Florida. The understanding of local government provided Tara with a strong commitment to integrate land use, transportation and urban design into local policies, regulations and area plans that could be adopted and implemented specific to the context of each community she worked in as a consultant. Tara has led over 60 training workshops, walking audits, charrettes, and stakeholder initiatives that integrate a strong public engagement process that is carried throughout the project. Tara is a graduate from Rollins College, with a major in Urban Studies, a minor in Economics. Tara is a certified from the Form Based Code Institute, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Florida Planning and Zoning Association and past Chairperson of the Board of Zoning Adjustment for the City of Orlando. PlanActive Studio is a registered WBE in Orange County, Florida, the State of Florida, City of Orlando and Florida Department of Transportation.
Ted Baker, PLA, FASLA, has practiced landscape architecture for nearly a half century in both private and public realm. He started his education at State University, Farmingdale, NY (AAS / Ornamental Horticulture 1962) followed by Cal Poly, Pomona, CA (BSLA 1965), Florida International University, Miami, FL (MLA 1988) and GSD Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (MDes / Landscape Planning + Ecology 1990). From 1991-2004 he shared his experience and education as an Associate Professor for the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at Florida International University, Miami, FL.
Thomas Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia. Thomas, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. He is a celebrated public speaker who has garnered acclaim for his passionate presentations to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. Thomas serves as a Principal for the landscape architectural and planning firm Rhodeside & Harwell in Alexandria, Virginia and teaches planting design for George Washington University.
Willson McBurney is a Purdue University landscape architect and is Atkins’ Florida Landscape Architecture Group Manager, based in the Orlando office. Willson has been with Atkins for 28 years. Willson’s career has focused on providing cost effective Context Sensitive Solutions to transportation agencies across the country. His experience shows a special emphasis working with Toll Agencies who are concerned with transportation aesthetics issues. His Clients have given him the opportunity to work in North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Nevada. Willson is the also the District Landscape Architect for the Florida Department of Transportation District Three, a district he has been serving since 1996. In Willson’s spare time he coaches fastpitch softball and is known to ride his longboard on Florida’s east coast.