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November 6th / 2019


Stewart Shares Insights on the Future of Landscape Architecture at National ASLA Conference

Stewart is furthering its commitment to advancing landscape architecture and sustainable design at this year’s national ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture. Held Nov. 15 – 18 at the San Diego Convention Center, this annual conference is hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and brings together landscape architects and allied professionals from across the world to learn, celebrate, build relationships and strengthen the professional community.

Throughout the conference, members of Stewart’s landscape architecture and civil engineering practices will participate in educational sessions, including:

  • Michael Batts, LEED AP, associate vice president and landscape architecture practice leader at Stewart, will serve as lead speaker for a session on “Drawing Matters: Exploring the Value of Drawing in Landscape Architecture,” communicating the necessity of drawing as a process connected to seeing, thinking and engaging throughout design. Batts will be joined by Kona Gray, principal, EDSA, Fort Lauderdale and David Malda, LEED AP, principal, GGN, Seattle. The session will take place on Nov. 15 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in room 29AB.
  • Natalie Carmen, project engineer at Stewart, will serve as lead speaker for a session on “Social/Ecological Resilience of Green Infrastructure When Design and Engineering Are Integrated,” discussing how to best plan and implement green infrastructure (GI) design solutions and how GI is able to provide resilient social and ecological benefits to communities. Carmen will be joined by Peg Staeheli, LEED AP, principal, MIG|SvR, Seattle and Francisco Rivera, PE, principal civil engineer, City of Chula Vista Engineering & Capital Projects Department. The session will take place on Nov. 17 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in room 20D.

“We’re excited to join professionals from across the globe at this year’s ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture to drive forward innovations and build relationships that will better the profession,” said Batts. “We’re dedicated to the advancement of landscape architecture and are proud to share our passion about the field, both at the conference and within the ASLA organization at large.”

Stewart has continued its commitment to landscape architecture through its active involvement in the ASLA, and many employees have held executive committee positions within local chapters. Emily Blackwell, project manager at Stewart, is the outgoing past president of the North Carolina ASLA (NCASLA) chapter and serves on the Government Affairs Advisory Committee and Leadership Development Committee. Courtney Landoll, planning and design project manager at Stewart, is the incoming president-elect of the NCASLA, serves on the Leadership Development Committee and is a former chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents. Terence Welles, project designer at Stewart, is the outgoing secretary of the NCASLA. Batts also contributed to the ASLA Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Book for kids.

To learn more about Stewart’s landscape architecture practice, click here.

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