FRI-D07 Cool Off! A Park for Everyone

Tony Paradowski, ASLA
Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Los Angeles, CA 
United States
Tony Paradowski, Senior Associate, joined Rios Clementi Hale Studios in 2000. His design expertise and project leadership make him an essential part of the firm. Tony has been involved in the fields of architecture and landscape architecture since 1985, beginning his education in architecture, and later merging into the design of the landscape. His expertise lies in creating an integral relationship between built forms and natural environments. Tony has been the lead designer on a number of the firm’s public projects, and has spent six years leading the effort on Grand Park.
Lucas Rivera
Grand Park
Los Angeles, CA 
United States
Lucas Rivera is the Director of Grand Park located in Downtown Los Angeles. Prior to this, Rivera served as Executive Director of the Philadelphia-based Artists and Musicians of Latin America (AMLA), an organization dedicated to music education and presentation. Rivera has earned numerous awards for his work in the Philadelphia community; he was recognized as one of the most influential Latinos by the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress and Impacto Latino Newspaper. An artist, dancer, musician and poet, he has significant experience working with community groups to develop and expand the reach and impact of arts programming and its role in societal change. Rivera holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts as well as a Masters in Arts Administration from Temple University.
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.
Fri, 11/15: 3:30 PM  - 5:00 PM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 156 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
After only one year the new Grand Park has become a dynamic cultural addition to the Los Angeles landscape. Come take a virtual tour of the park and hear from the client, design team, and park director about the park's planning, design, and cultural sustainability.

Learning Objective

1) Understand the roles of the various public and private entities involved in the park's realization.
2) Learn the program and design considerations for a project within a rich, complex urban fabric.
3) Appreciate the complex site conditions and broken urban connections overcome this new sustainable landscape.
4) Comprehend the evolving life of a public space as it pertains to programming, operations, and stewardship. 


Education Credits


Primary Topic

Parks / Recreation / Play / Sports Facility Design