DLA 2017 Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

Adrienne Grêt-Regamey is Professor at the Chair of Planning Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, ETH since 2008. Her research currently focuses on understanding how the interactions and/or actions of humans shape landscapes at various temporal and spatial scales, using different land-use decision models in forecasting and backcasting modes. For fostering participatory landscape planning, she investigates how people perceive the landscape in the new AudioVisual Lab, where state-of-the-art 3D visualizations and auralizations of landscape changes are generated and decision support tools developed. She explores intensively how an iterative process between design and science can allow co-creating place specific responses satisfying human needs and demands for well-being in a sustainable manner. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. More information on the Planning of Landscape and Urban System group at ETH Zürich can be found under www.plus.ethz.ch.

Prof. Kristen Kurland

Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems, and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
H. John Heinz III College/School of Architecture
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Kristen Kurland is a Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems, and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College and School of Architecture. She holds a courtesy appointment in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is Past President of CMU's Andrew Carnegie Society, and recently served on CMU's Board of Trustees.

Professor Kurland's research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations in health, the built environment, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and 3D and data Visualization. She works closely with CMU colleagues and students on health, urban design, economic development, sustainability, and information technology and data issues. She actively collaborates with the City of Pittsburgh, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and many public health departments.

She has a strong interest in technology-enhanced learning and has been teaching online courses since 1999. Her distance courses are taught in the Heinz College Master of Medical Management (MMM), Master Science of Information Technology (MSIT), and Adelaide Australia programs.

In addition to her full time faculty position at CMU, Ms. Kurland is the president of a local consulting firm that has implemented computer technology programs in numerous organizations. Her clients include architects, engineers, hospitals, universities, corporations, as well as local, state, and federal governments.

Professor Kurland is also the co-author of a series of best-selling GIS workbooks for Esri, Inc. the world's leading GIS software developer.
On projects related to green infrastructure and smart cities - Link to .pdf

Prof. Antje Stokman

HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany - New Pathways in Design Research: Towards sustainable and green Cities

Antje Stokman (*1973) is a landscape architect and professor of architecture and landscape at HafenCity University Hamburg. After graduation in 2000, she worked on several international projects with Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten and has been a member of the German Chamber of Architects since 2004. In 2005, she became an Associate Professor of Ecosystem Design and Watershed Management at Hanover University as well as member of the STUDIO URBANE LANDSCHAFTEN, an interdisciplinary research, practice and teaching platform on the topic of urban landscapes. From 2010-2017, she was professor and director of the Institute of Landscape Planning and Ecology at Stuttgart University. During that time, she co-founded and directed the international Masters Programme "Integrated Urbanism and sustainable Design", the research platform "1to1 - Architecture as social Design" and "Future City Lab Stuttgart". Her work focusses on strategies to develop infrastructural and ecological systems as a basis for sustainable urban form and design of urban water landscapes. She was awarded the Topos Landscape Award in 2011 and the Lower Saxony Science Prize in 2009. She has been serving as a member of the German national advisory council on spatial planning from 2010-2014 and the sustainability council of the province Baden-Württemberg from 2012-2017 and is co-curator of the exhition "Out there: Landscape Architecture on Global Terrain" at the Pinakothek der Modern, Munich from April to August 2017.

Arancha Muñoz-Criado

Arancha Muñoz-Criado is an architect and urban planner, Master in Landscape Architecture (Harvard 1992) with more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, projects and policy. As Secretary for Urban Planning, Landscape and Environment of the Autonomous Region of Valencia, Spain, she developed and directed; The Sustainable Territorial Strategy for the Region, The Regional Green Infrastructure Plan and the Landscape and Urban Development Law which establishes Green Infrastructure as the framework for urban planning for the 550 municipalities of the region. Prior to her role in regional government, she was responsible for the design of major river corridors, coastal plans, parks, master plans, municipal plans for urban growth and conservation of cultural landscapes, and for regional and urban open space systems. She has recently led the development of a Green Infrastructure Framework for the USA (ESRI), the rehabilitation of Wadi Al Aqeeq in Medinah, Saudi Arabia (Buro Happold) and the Strategy and Guidelines for Qatar's Public Realm (AECOM).

Bradley Cantrell

Bradley Cantrell is a landscape architect and scholar whose work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design. Professor Cantrell received his BSLA from the University of Kentucky and his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has held academic appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the Louisiana State University Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture where he led the school as graduate coordinator and director. His work in Louisiana over the past decade points to a series of methodologies that develop modes of modeling, simulation, and embedded computation that express and engage the complexity of overlapping physical, cultural, and economic systems. Cantrell?s work has been presented and published in a range of peer reviewed venues internationally including ACADIA, CELA, EDRA, ASAH, and ARCC.
(Source: http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/bradley-cantrell/ )
Current CV of Bradley Cantrell - Link to .pdf

One day workshop June 7, 2017

Geodesign for teachers

Prof. Dr. Carl Steinitz

For serious societal and environmental issues, designing for change is inevitably a collaborative endeavor, with participants from various design professions and geographic sciences, linked by technology from several locations for rapid communication and feedback, and reliant on transparent communication with the people of the place who are also direct participants. The framework within which I organize most of my work and teaching strategies has been published in my recent book A Framework for Geodesign, ESRI Press, 2012. I will present an example application of my framework under conditions of little time and small data.
Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Emeritus Harvard Graduate School of Design Carl Steinitz began his affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a research associate in the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis in 1966. He has held the position of Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Design since 1973. Professor Steinitz has devoted much of his academic and professional career to improving methods to analyze large land areas and make decisions about conservation and development.  His applied research focuses on highly valued landscapes that are undergoing substantial pressures for change.  His teaching encompasses such courses as Theories and Methods of Landscape Planning and Visual Landscape Assessment and Management.
In 1984, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented Professor Steinitz with the Outstanding Educator Award for his "extraordinary contribution to environmental design education" and for his "pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning, especially in the areas of resource management and visual impact assessment."  In 1996 he received the annual "Outstanding Practitioner Award" from the International Society of Landscape Ecology (USA).  In 2002, he was honored as one of Harvard University's outstanding teachers.
Professor Steinitz is principal author of "Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes", Island Press, 2003, and author of "A Framework for Geodesign", Esri Press, 2012

Dr. Hrishi Ballal

Dr. Hrishi Ballal is the Founder and Managing Director of Geodesign Hub Pvt. Ltd. He has a PhD in geodesign from University College London's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. His research interests are in collaborative design. Dr. Ballal is a Mechanical Engineer by training with degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The University of Michigan and prior to Geodesignhub, he worked at Microsoft.

Invited Session Chairs for DLA 2017

Dr. Ulrike Wissen Hayek

Ulrike Wissen Hayek is Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Chair Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, ETH Zurich (Switzerland) since 2008. She holds a diploma in Landscape Architecture and Planning from the Technical University of Munich (Germany) and a PhD from the ETH Zurich, where she focused on "Virtual Landscapes for Public Participation". At PLUS she leads the interdepartmental Landscape Visualization and Modeling Lab (LVML) and the new AudioVisual Lab in collaboration with the Chair of Landscape Architecture of Prof. Christophe Girot. Her research focuses on developing and implementing GIS-based 3D landscape visualizations and audio-visual simulations for landscape and environmental planning.

Pia Fricker

Pia Fricker studied architecture at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), the University of Tampere and at the University of Helsinki (Finland). She graduated in 2001 at the chair of Prof. Dr. Uhlig (urban design) and Prof. Henri Bava (landscape design). She received the DAAD scholarship for her post-graduate studies at the chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) of Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt, ETH Zürich. She specialized further in computer based architectural design and CAAD-CAAM technologies. From 2003 - 2008 she has been working as a teaching and research assistant at the chair for CAAD. From 2007 - 2016, Pia Fricker has hold the position as Director of Studies for the postgraduate study program "Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture" at the Institute of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Christophe Girot, ETH Zürich. Starting in August 2017 as Adjunct Professor at Aalto University Helsinki (Finland) for Computational Methodologies in Large-Scale Landscape Architecture and Urbanism.

Prof. Dr. James Palmer

Dr. James F. Palmer has had a distinguished professional career in landscape architecture spanning 40 years, focusing on the assessment of landscape character and aesthetic quality. He has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He conducted research and taught in the landscape architecture and environmental studies departments for 25 years at State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he is now an Emeritus Professor. Currently he is licensed landscape architect with T. J. Boyle Associates in Burlington, Vermont, where he evaluates the aesthetic impacts of renewable energy development.

Stephen M. Ervin


... is Director of Computer Resources and Assistant Dean for Information Technology at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture. Ervin teaches and conducts research in the areas of design, computing, media and technology, with a special interest in landscape modeling and visualization, and the emergent topic of GeoDesign. He is the co-author of 'Landscape Modeling: Digital Techniques for Landscape Visualization' by McGraw-Hill (ASLA Merit award winner in 2002). Ervin has taught and lectured worldwide and published articles in a number of journals. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and holds a MLA degree from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in Urban Studies from MIT.
Résumé - Link to .pdf

Prof. Dr. Dana Tomlin

Dana Tomlin is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and an Adjunct Professor in Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.  Dr. Tomlin's work focuses on the development and application of geographic information systems (GIS). As designer of the Map Analysis Package GIS, author of GIS and Cartographic Modeling (ESRI Press 2012), an inductee to URISA's GIS Hall of Fame, and originator of the Map Algebra language embodied in most of today's raster-based GIS software, Tomlin is recognized as one of the world's leading contributors to this field.

Justine Holzman

As an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Toronto and a member of the Dredge Research Collaborative, Justine Holzman researches distributed landscape infrastructure for regional design, responsive technologies in landscape architecture, and the epistemic history of scientific landscape modelling. Holzman previously taught at the University of Tennessee and Louisiana State University as a visiting assistant professor where she worked as a research fellow with the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, a transdisciplinary research studio working on coastal issues in Louisiana. Holzman is co-author of Responsive Landscapes: Strategies for Responsive Technologies in Landscape Architecture (2016). She received an MLA from LSU and a BA in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Invited Workshop Instructors for DLA 2017

Philip Paar

CEO at Laubwerk and founding partner

Philip oversees the strategic vision and daily operations of Laubwerk GmbH. He has been dedicated to the field of 3D landscape modeling and visualization since 2000. Occasionally, Philip is invited as guest lecturer, e.g. by the National University of Singapore, Aalto University, or by the ETH Zurich.
Vegetation and 3D plant models have fascinated Laubwerk CEO Philip Paar since his years studying Landscape Planning at the Technical University of Berlin.
In 2000, while working at the ZALF Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Philip collaborated with 3D tree pioneer Oliver Deussen, co-founder of greenworks organic software, creators of Xfrog 3D tree modeling software.
That partnership would continue through Philips future ventures, including time at the Zuse Institute Berlin, investigating computer graphics assisted landscape planning including interactive rendering of heavily-vegetated landscape scenarios.
Projects included a 1.5 million EUR R&D project funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU). Case studies included collaborations with the ETH Zurich (Unesco Biosphere Reserve in Entlebuch, Switzerland) and the Leibniz University of Hanover (Interactive Landscape Plan of Königslutter).
During these projects, Philip also worked as a freelance consultant for Xfrog, managing B2B relations with two of Xfrog’s biggest clients, Nemetschek North America (Vectorworks CAD) and ChiefArchitect (Home Designer).
Philip’s entrepreneurial spirit soon lead him to launch Lenné3D GmbH, a 3D visualization firm whose products and services included 3D landscape visualization based on geo data, as well as real-time interactive landscape scenery software Biosphere3D.
During his tenure at Lenné3D, Philip initiated an ongoing business partnership with Esri Inc, a leading worldwide supplier of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, while the Biosphere3D software Philip developed would become the precursor to Lenné3D's highly-successful Vegetation3D ArcGIS plug-in.
In 2010, Philip launched Laubwerk GmbH with Timm Dapper, a former freelance software designer he met while working for Xfrog. While his CEO duties keep him busy with operations and business development, his passion for vegetation, both real and digital, remains. You will often find Philip working with the designers on the next generation of Laubwerk plant species, or even creating high-quality textures using images of living plants and trees that he photographs himself.

DLA Chair

Prof. Erich Buhmann

Prof. Erich Buhmann holds a bachelor degree in landscape architecture from Munich-Weihenstephan and a MLA as Fulbright Scholar from SUNY Syracuse. He was appointed Professor at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in 1995 where he was the founding director of the English language Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program. He organizes the annual international spring conference on IT in landscape architecture. Since 2016 he serves as Editor in chief for the Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture JoDLA. As a registered landscape architect, he is a partner in the landscape architecture firm ATELIER BERNBURG.