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Sasaki Leaders Speak at Virtual 2020 ASLA Conference

This month, seven members of the Sasaki team will present at the 2020 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) reVISION conference. The presentations will cover a range of topics across Sasaki’s many areas of expertise. See below for the full list of Sasaki speakers and find the full conference schedule on the ASLA website.

Monday, November 16

Perpetual Adaptation: The Design Business in 2020 and Lessons from the Great Recession

2:15 p.m.

Sasaki speakers: Michael Grove, ASLA and Chris Hardy, ASLA, LEED AP

This session was proposed within the longest period of economic expansion in U.S. history, and focused on lessons learned for firms and young professionals before the next downturn. Nine months later, we are facing a pandemic-driven recession. This session will to share how our firms have been adapting to the economic challenges of the year, plans moving forward, and comparing, contrasting and learning from the experiences of the Great Recession.

Attendees are invited to continue the conversation with panelists immediately following the session.


Make a Splash: Dynamic Water as a Design Opportunity

4 p.m.

Sasaki speakers: Muhan Cui, ASLA, LEED AP, Kevin Hebard, PE

Climate change has created increasingly volatile water that may overwhelm our stormwater systems. As a response to this threat, site design can create advantageous opportunities, from strengthening sustainability to improving social welfare. This panel explores designing for a changing climate through four projects of varying scale and geographic context.


Careers Under the Pandemic and Beyond

5 p.m.

Sasaki speaker: Dou Zhang, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP

This current pandemic has created much uncertainty in the economy, in addition to some tension in international relations. This conversation gathers design leaders in practices like Sasaki, AECOM, Aspect Studios, Ground Inc., SOM, and major developers like Vanke, to offer a variety of perspectives, with the hope to provide some clarity and advice, as students and emerging professionals, especially those of international background, plan their career development for the year and beyond.


Wednesday, November 18

An Expression of Hope

1 p.m.

Sasaki speaker: Diana Fernandez, ASLA

Through reVISION ASLA and our work moving forward, ASLA commits to make space for and celebrate the contributions of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to the profession. Through an opening session on the last day of the program, practitioners will share a collective acknowledgement of what it is like to navigate the profession as people of color and their expressions of hope for change and growth in the profession.


Beyond Number Crunching 2.0: Managing Projects, Processes and People

2:15 p.m.

Sasaki speaker: Mark Dawson, FASLA

Delivering innovative design solutions on time and on budget, with happy teams and clients, healthy profit margins, and high quality is essential for business. Using real project scenarios, these firm leaders will share methods and insights on the challenges, dynamic nature, and artful approach of project management in design practices.


Taming the Urban Climate in the Era of Climate Change

5 p.m.

Sasaki speaker: Dou Zhang, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP

Climate change is real. This presentation provides unique perspectives on how landscape planning and design can help mitigate adverse climate impacts to people’s lives. Expertise through contemporary project examples across the world will be shared, and the state-of-art technology and design process will be introduced.

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