Jan 25
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Design Building Atrium
Zube Lecture - Claudia West

Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Planting Design and Ecology 
Claudia West Principle, Phyto Studio, LLC.   

Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. Known for her passionate advocacy of plant-driven design, Claudia is a widely sought out speaker and consultant who applies the technologies of plant systems to bring essential natural functions back into our cities and towns. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World

Having grown up on a family-owned nursery, florist business, and design/build firm in eastern Germany, Claudia was propagating plants before she could walk. Her love of American native plants brought her to the U.S. where she worked at Blue Mount Nurseries in Maryland and immersed herself in the study of American flora and mid-Atlantic ecosystems. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her intense studies of plant habitats and the science of plant community-based design strategies at the renowned school for horticulture in Weihenstephan, Germany built a solid foundation for her current work. Before co-founding Phyto Studio, Claudia was ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, PA. Her work was focused on bridging the gap between growers, designers, and land managers as well as introducing more functional and beautiful ecological plants into the nursery trade. 

The meadow at the NYBG Native Plant Garden. Thomas Rainer was project manager of this project from proposal through construction documentation during his time at Oehme, van Sweden & Associates. Design by OvS. Image by Ivo Vermulean.

Feb 1
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Design Building 170
Zube Lecture - Clara Irazábal-Zurita

The Counter Land Grabbing of the Precariat: Housing Movements and Restorative Justice in Brazil

Brazil’s precariat (politically organized in national social housing movements) are courageously pressing for a true urban reform in Brazil whose promise has been systematically delayed and subverted. By seizing vacant buildings and underused land, not only are these unsung heroes/heroines confronting neoliberalism in Brazil, but they are also unveiling the impossibility of neoliberalism to deliver socio-spatial justice to the poor. Through a restorative justice practice, the precariat goes beyond critique and show us an alternative project that would allow millions of Brazilians access to decent housing and through the alternative project, the right to the city and opportunity. As these housing experiences demonstrate, restorative justice deserves further exploration as an alternative planning model that combines the strengths of advocacy planning and communicative action while also reducing their drawbacks. This talk reflect is based on team ethnographic and planning studio work.

Clara Irazábal is the Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program and Professor of Planning with tenure in the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUPD) at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC). Before joining UMKC in fall 2016, she was the Latin Lab Director and Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. She received her PhD from the UC Berkeley.

In her research and teaching, Dr. Irazábal explores the interaction of culture, politics, and placemaking and its impact on community development and socio-spatial justice in Latin American cities and Latinx and immigrant communities. Dr. Irazábal is the author of Urban Governance and City Making in the Americas: Curitiba and Portland (Ashgate, 2005) and the editor of Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)Here (Routledge 2014); Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events: Citizenship, Democracy; and Public Space in Latin America (Routledge 2008, 2015). Dr. Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher, and/or professor in multiple countries of the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Feb 8
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Design Building 170
Zube Lecture - Jim Sipes

Planning and Designing in a Geospatial World
Jim Sipes Urban designer, environmental planner, landscape architect, and writer

Jim Sipes is an award-winning urban designer, environmental planner, landscape architect, and writer with more than thirty years of experience encompassing a wide range of planning, design, research, and communication projects. His work includes environmental planning and design, land use planning, watershed management, low impact development, park and recreation design, urban design, natural and cultural resource management, and community based design. His design solutions focus on taking an integrated approach to water resources and green infrastructure.

Jim has received national recognition for his writing, having written more than 350 articles for a variety of publications and receiving the prestigious Bradford Williams Medal award for outstanding writing. He has published Digital Land (John Wiley & Sons, 2007), Integrating BIM Technology into Landscape Architecture, V. 2 (LATIS, 2014), Sustainable Solutions to Water Resources – Process, Planning, Design & Implementation Strategies (John Wiley & Sons, 2010). Creating Green Roadways (Island Press, 2012), The Bayous of Houston (Arcadia Publishing, 2013), and International Water Resources (John Wiley & Sons in Chinese, 2013).

Jim has also been recognized as Outstanding Alumni at Iowa State University, and has received numerous planning, design, and communication awards over the years. He has worked with PBS on a variety of projects, including television documentaries that focus on environmental issues, water resources, and the conflicts between development and natural systems.

Jim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. Jim has taught site design, environmental planning, and resource management at the university level for 12 years. He currently teaches cultural landscapes at Georgia State University and geospatial design at Penn State University.

Jim also was worked with some of the most respected design and planning firms in the world, including EDAW (acquired by AECOM), where he was an associate principal, and Jones + Jones, where he led all environmental planning efforts. 

Feb 15
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Design Building 170
Zube Lecture - Pasqualina Azzarello

Generative Space: Agency, Receptivity, and Impact

Pasqualina Azzarello is a painter, public muralist, educator, and community advocate. Working within grassroots, nonprofit, and academic channels, she works with others to cultivate generative spaces, initiatives, and partnerships that are innovative, collaborative, and inclusive of all participants. Throughout her unique professional path, each experience has been driven by core values including a profound belief in the creative potential of individuals and communities.

Pasqualina serves as the City Arts Coordinator at Easthampton City Arts in Easthampton, MA. She is also part-time faculty at Parsons The New School in New York City and consults for nonprofit organizations on projects and initiatives related to youth development, community engagement, and strategic planning.


Feb 19(All day)
Feb 22
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Design Building 170
Zube lecture - Mark Lindhult

Mark Lindhult, FASLA is a Professor of landscape architecture.  He is a principal emeritus with The Berkshire Design Group, Inc. a landscape architecture, civil engineering and land surveying firm in Northampton, MA.  He teaches courses in site planning, site engineering and digital technology.

His two major areas of research are the integration of digital technogy into the design and planning process and greenway planning.  He wroteDigital Land:  Integrating Technology into the Land Planning Process(Wiley, 2007) with Jim Sipes.  He was the first computer editor for Landscape Architecture magazine and wrote some of the first technical software for the profession.  Professor Lindhult is the co-chair with Professor Robert Ryan of the Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning which is held every three years and attracts an international audience from five continents.  Professor Lindhult has given keynote addresses at conferences in Germany, Switzerland, Japan and China and has published articles in leading journals and professional magazines.  He has won numerous regional and national professional awards for campus planning, greenway planning and digital technology.  He is the Chair of the Western Massachusetts Section of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and a Fellow of ASLA (1998).


Mar 11(All day)
Mar 19(All day)
Mar 22
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Zube Lecture - Virginie Picon-Lefebvre

Co-host with Architecture Dept

Mar 29
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Design Building 170
Zube Lecture - Jenny Tang

Designing Livable Spaces in China’s Cities

Jenny Tang Principle, Ecoland, Beijing, China


Apr 5
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Apr 12
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Design Building 170
Zube Lecture - James Richards

Freehand Visions: The Role of Sketching in a Digital Age.

JAMES RICHARDS, FASLA, is an urban designer, artist, author and educator whose work explores great places and placemaking around the globe. He is a co-founder of the urban design consultancy Townscape, Inc., and an Advisory Board member, blog correspondent and instructor for the international non-profit Urban Sketchers.   His on-location sketches and watercolors have been widely published, and in group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad.  His "Hemingway's Cuba" paintings led to his being the first American to have a solo exhibition in Ernest Hemingway's home (now a national museum) near Havana.  His book, Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers, won an ASLA Honor Award, and he is the recipient of ASLA's Bradford Williams Medal and the prestigious ASLA President's Medal.  He is a frequent keynote speaker for conferences and symposia; he travels globally to teach concept drawing, urban sketching and creativity workshops for students and professionals.

James Richards render

Apr 16(All day)
Apr 19
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Design Building 170
Zube Lecture - Katie Stebbins

The Agile and Entrepreneurial Planner
City planners today are faced with the demands of bridging traditional tools and techniques like zoning and land use planning, with new demands of creating "entrepreneurial ecosystems" and smart cities. The evolution of the profession is creating a new cadre of civic innovators who find themselves on the front lines of innovation and change. Katie will describe her own journey from Springfield city planner to Secretary of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and share her perspective on what skills future professionals need to ensure their own success.

Katie Stebbins Vice President of Economic Development, University of Massachusetts  
Katie was previously Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she co-chaired Governor Baker’s Digital Health Council and led state investment efforts in health-tech, robotics, advanced manufacturing and cyber security. Katie played a leadership role in establishing and managing M2I2 (Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative), Governor Baker’s nearly $100 million commitment to five Manufacturing USA Institutes. A 20-year veteran of public service and economic development, Katie has launched three of her own companies. She is also a shameless champion for mid-size cities, roller derby and women in leadership. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

May 1(All day)
May 2(All day)