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Welcome and Introductions: Brianna Holan, Project Development Manager, Gemdale USA Moderator: Ken Yocom - Associate Professor, Chair, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington - Panelists: Maren McBride, PLA, ASLA - Jescelle Major, Assoc. ASLA, CPRP - Ian Campbell, Senior Designer, Founder - Julianne Johnson, Co-Founder - Alexia Steiger, Ingraham High School Student, ACE Mentee
98.6°F is the human’s normal temperature, the balanced state if you will. And while there is an acceptable range, and deviation from the norm, there are clear indicators when you’re experiencing something out of balance internally or as a result of the environment around you. Without a concerted effort, it is easy to be kept out of equilibrium.
In 2019, the social and political landscapes are heating up and shoulders are getting cold. Architects, artists and designers are integral in mediating the swings of society, amplifying and uncovering risks to cultural communities, heritage and environments. It is often left to the design-thinker or creative to propose big new ideas and solutions. It is imperative that those solutions fall back into the normal range, cooling hot tempers, agitations or warming cold distrustful hearts. To be most impactful and successful, a fresh perspective is required, with careful retrospection, thoughtful exploration and continued care. Who better to ensure the longevity of our ideas and change than a new class of designers, artisans and artists? The up and comers who view the path to success, design, urban interventions and career slightly different than those who came before them and who aim to bridge the gap for those who will take the stage after them.
This panel focuses on young changemakers, navigating the comfortable chaos of Seattle and establishing themselves as leading designers in the developing urban and cultural fabric. Moderated by someone entrusted with educating the future practitioners, the discussion brings together designers from different disciplines, backgrounds and who have taken different journeys to get to where they are – all with a collective sense of duty to leave the world better than they found it.
They look back on the suggestions of their predecessors and the expanded realities of our collective future, in favor of a balance that represents them and their major contributions to the Goldie Locks fabled “just right”, the balanced 98.7°F.
Welcome and Introductions:
Brianna Holan, Project Development Manager – Gemdale USA
Ken Yocum, Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture – University of Washington
Maren McBride, PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect | Urban Designer – Berger Partnership
Jescelle Major, Assoc. ASLA, CPRP, Landscape & Urban Designer – BERK Consulting
Julianne Johnson, Co-Founder – Casual Surveying Co.
Ian Campbell, Senior Designer – Studio Matthews, Founder – RS-VR
Alexia Steiger, Student – Ingraham High School, 2019 ACE Mentee