SAT-A09 Campus Transformation: Living Laboratories for Learning

Warren Byrd, FASLA
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Charlottesville, VA 
United States
As founding principal of the Charlottesville landscape architecture firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz, Warren Byrd, FASLA, has led the firm in a wide range of public and private landscape projects throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to his 30+ years of practice, Byrd taught for 26 years at the University of Virginia, serving as Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture for seven years. His many honors have included an All-University teaching award, a CELA teaching award, and two Bradford Williams Medals for articles published in Landscape Architecture magazine. Now a Professor Emeritus, Byrd’s particular focus, in both his teaching and his practice, has been on the understanding and adaptation of natural systems and plant communities as they might best influence sustainable strategies of design.
Shavaun Towers, FASLA
Towers Golde
New Haven, CT 
United States
Shavaun Towers, FASLA, established the New Haven, CT office of Towers|Golde in 1981 (formerly Rolland/Towers). Widely published and the recipient of numerous design awards, she practices landscape architecture as a responsive art. Her extraordinary sensitivity to institutional ethos and the character and potentials of each specific site, her deep understanding of architectural aesthetic and historical style, her commitment to sustainability and social purpose, and her empathy with client aspiration all frame her analysis of each campus design challenge and guide her vision for its unique solution. Shavaun received a BA in Architecture from Smith College and her MLA from the University of California-Berkeley.
Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA
Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc.
Austin, TX 
United States
Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA Christine E. Ten Eyck, after a raft trip down the Colorado River in 1985, moved west from Texas to Arizona where she established a thriving landscape architectural practice emphasizing regional residential, campus, hospitality and public projects. After 22 years in Arizona, she returned to Texas and started the Austin studio in 2007. With a mission of connecting the urban dweller with nature, her firm strives to create transformative landscapes that celebrate the region, culture of its people and the sacred paths of our most precious resource, water.
Frederick Steiner, FASLA
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 
United States
Frederick Steiner, FASLA is President of the National Academy of Environmental Design, and dean of the School of Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. In 1998, he was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in city and regional planning and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Dean Steiner has published numerous articles and books. His most recent books are Urban Ecological Design (with Danilo Palazzo, 2012) and Design for a Vulnerable Planet (2011).
Sat, 11/16: 11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 258 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
Campus design is an important laboratory for urban ecology and place making. This session will look at higher education campus projects in different regions and the landscape architect's role in transforming them from vehicular to pedestrian campuses while connecting them with their culture and place.

Learning Objective

1) Discover how regional and cultural influences can drive campus design.
2) Learn how to create sustainable and maintainable campus landscapes.
3) Explore successful communication strategies during the interview and design phase.
4) Understand the importance of hydrology and its effect on campus form.


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