FRI-B07 Groundbreaking: Design Excellence and the GSA’s New Focus on Performative Landscapes

Samantha Harris, ASLA
Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Los Angeles, CA 
Samantha J. Harris, ASLA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, joined Rios Clementi Hale Studios in 1999. Her leadership within the office makes her an integral part of the firm. She has been lead Landscape Architect for various project types, including The Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse, The California Endowment, W Hotel Hollywood and Glendale Chess Park. She was also instrumental in the development of The Greening of Century City Plan and The G.S.A. Site Security Design Guide, which outlined a strategy for comprehensive site design that would reduce security risks for Federal Projects.
Mark Rios, FASLA
Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Los Angeles, CA 
Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, Founding Principal, responsible for the overall firm direction and operation of Rios Clementi Hale Studios, which he founded in 1985. Since the establishment of this firm, he has directed the design of new building construction, renovation, landscape architecture, interiors, graphics and product design. Project types range from corporate offices, child care centers, parks, institutional and municipal projects to residential work. Mark provides overall leadership for the entire staff of creative professionals at Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Mark has lectured widely on contemporary architecture and landscape architecture. With his leadership, the firm has received over fifty design awards.
Christian Gabriel, ASLA
General Services Administration
Washington, DC, DC 
United States
Christian Gabriel, ASLA,PLA, National Design Director for Landscape Architecture at GSA’s Office of Chief Architect in Washington DC. At the GSA he works to set design standards in the realm of public space, site security and sustainability. Additionally he reviews and approves design proposals, serves on team selection panels, assists on special projects, and advocates for innovation. Prior to joining the GSA he practiced as a senior design associate in the offices of Thomas Balsley FASLA, and Ken Smith FASLA, focusing on project types with direct application to the issues, contexts, and clients associated with the GSA portfolio. His work has been published widely and he has served as a design critic at Harvard, Columbia, Pratt, and City College of New York.
Fri, 11/15: 10:30 AM  - 12:00 PM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 153 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
The General Services Administration is working with landscape architects to change the federal real estate portfolio from the outside in. From both perspectives, GSA representatives and landscape architects describe this evolving landscape emphasis, the SITES certification framework, and how landscapes are re-created, re-purposed, and re-interpreted.

Learning Objective

1) Learn about GSA policies, programs, and projects to promote sustainable landscape design.
2) Explore how the SITES design process can renew sustainable, visually evocative landscapes.
3) Apply sustainable elements to the larger urban-design context and local cultural/historic expressions.
4) Examine innovative methods for strategic demolition and material reuse on an existing site. 


Education Credits


Primary Topic

Sustainable Design