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LAEP Speaker Series: Kevin Shields

Panel Discussion/Presentation

This presentation will include Kevin’s career serving over 24 years as a landscape architect for temples and other major projects for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Follow Kevin’s career, as he reveals the unique characteristics and criteria related to design of temple sites, the Church’s Conference Center rooftop gardens, and other major projects for the Church. He will also discuss his rare role working with landscape architects throughout the world, and encouraging increasing roles of landscape architects with the design process.

10/29 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Fine Arts Visual | More Info

LAEP Speaker Series: Elizabeth Kennedy

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Elizabeth is the founder of Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect, PLLC (EKLA). Black-owned and woman-run, EKLA is the longest-surviving such firm in the country. Its longevity is due to Elizabeth’s tenacity and her belief in the importance of service—to clients, community, her profession, and the process of design.

The work she directs quietly challenges mainstream assumptions about the aspirations and needs of underrepresented voices to counter the systems and biases that have long dispossessed the less powerful of spaces and rendered the people who use them invisible. Her best-known projects at the intersection of social justice and design exemplify landscape architecture’s potential to engage a broader critical understanding of place and identity. She built EKLA to highlight the heart of her clients’ stories and mission. From this perspective and standpoint, Elizabeth teaches, directs, critiques, frames, collaborates, and edits – in studio and national debate.

11/12 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Fine Arts Visual | More Info

LAEP Speaker Series: Brent Chamberlain

Panel Discussion/Presentation

Time and again, I am struck by the significance of knowledge, how it was obtained, why it is inspired and how much more there is to know. In this presentation, I offer a glimpse into how statistical and inferential models can be used to help designers create more functional and aesthetic designs. To do this, we will journey through distinct research endeavors that can guide us toward creating places to improve memory, engage the affective senses, relay complex information and most importantly think about how we design and plan our future. Be ready to be immersed in visuals from the 2D mundane to the symphonic of bizarre VR. Whether you are aware of how (the lack of) inference does or does not influence your creative process, I hope this will inspire an approach toward generating and using knowledge in design.

12/03 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Fine Arts Visual | More Info



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