Equity in Landscape Architecture: The Power of Representation Salon

CMG Virtual Salon Equity in Landscape Architecture Invitation

Join CMG for the first in a three-part series of salons addressing equity in landscape architecture.

This salon will focus on what it means to be a person of color in landscape architecture and identify strategies to both increase representation in the field and create spaces for emerging designers of color to flourish. Following the moderated Q+A session with the panelists, please join us for a virtual social hour to break into smaller groups to meet one another and discuss the next steps that we as a profession can take towards achieving equity.

WHEN

Thursday, September 17th 5:00 – 7:00 pm PST

WHERE

Zoom (Link will emailed to registered attendees the day before the event)

PANELISTS

Davi de la Cruz | Founding Member + Board Administrator, The Urban Studio

Jenn Low | Board Member, The Urban Studio

Roberto Rovira | Chair, FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design + Principal, Studio Roberto Rovira

Sara Zewde | Founding Principal, Studio Zewde

MODERATORS

Arturo Fuentes-Ortiz | Designer, CMG Landscape Architecture

Mwinyi El-Kindiy | Designer, CMG Landscape Architecture


PANELISTS

Davi de la Cruz | Founding Member + Board Administrator, The Urban Studio

Davi was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, the occupied territories of the Tongva [TONG-və] People. He grew up learning from his mother’s leadership, and community involvement. Daví is the first of his family to pursue higher education. Daví de la Cruz studied at Cal State Northridge in the San Fernando Valley, territories of the Tataviam people, and in the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington, Seattle, territories of the Duwamish people. Today, as a founding member of The Urban Studio, he is excited to expand the work of Studio South Central in his own neighborhood addressing the legacy of disinvestment in Pueblo del Rio and tapping into local youth leadership as a way forward. Through authentic engagement with youth, we can find ways to connect meaningfully with communities and shape new and just futures.

Jenn Low| Board Member, The Urban Studio

Jenn Low is an integrative designer, educator, and landscape architect with over thirteen years of experience as a Landscape Architect in New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. Now based in Washington, D.C., she is a Board Member of The Urban Studio and the Deputy Director of the 1882 Foundation, where she leads the organization’s suite of place-keeping initiatives. Currently working at the intersection of design and public history, Jenn’s work seeks to redistribute power in our design processes in order to advance our work toward spatial justice. She holds an MDes in Integrative Design at the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, where she and her cohort were tasked with addressing issues in access and equity in education, and a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington.

Roberto Rovira | Chair, FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design Principal, Studio Roberto Rovira

Roberto has received recognition for his work as an educator and professional by prominent organizations like the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the Architectural League, the American Institute of Architects, and others. Fast Company magazine recently selected his EcoAtlas Project as a World Changing Idea finalist and he was recognized with an Emerging Voice award by the Architectural League in New York, one of the most coveted awards in North American Architecture. Roberto is VP of Research for the Landscape Architecture Foundation and has been lead designer in national and international projects. His work ranges from environmental installations to art commissions and landscape architectural projects.

Sara Zewde | Founding Principal, Studio Zewde

Sara Zewde is founding principal of Studio Zewde, a design firm in New York City practicing landscape architecture, urbanism, and public art. The studio is devoted to exploring the “aesthetics of being” and creating enduring places where people belong. In parallel with practice, Sara serves as Assistant Professor of Practice at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Sara was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and in 2018, was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list. Most recently, she was named a 2020 United States Artists Fellow. Her work has been exhibited at the 2016 and 2018 Venice Biennale, in the Brazilian and U.S national pavilions. Sara holds a master’s of landscape architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a master’s of city planning from MIT, and a BA in sociology and statistics from Boston University


MODERATORS

Arturo Fuentes-Ortiz | Designer, CMG Landscape Architecture

Raised in Oaxaca, Mexico and the Bay Area, Arturo Fuentes-Ortiz has been honing his skills in design for the past several years. Currently graduating from UC Berkeley as a first-generation college student with a masters in Landscape Architecture from the College of Environmental Design, Arturo has used design as a form of resiliency and protest. Arturo’s evolution into Landscape Architecture allowed him to introduce his experience and has been a strong advocate in increasing representation of people of Color in the Landscape Architecture profession. His academic work illustrates a balanced design for nature, art, and people. Working is such diverse range of places, he has been exposed to a spectrum of work from private residential to public space.

Mwinyi El-kindiy | Designer, CMG Landscape Architecture

Relatively new to the profession, Mwinyi has worked on a wide variety of landscape projects. As a long-term resident of San Francisco, Mwinyi Faida uses the skills that he has acquired to improve the neighborhood that he grew up in by volunteering with a local non- profit. He believes that our environment/community has a direct influence to our “common sense”, and that Landscape Architects are in a unique position to manipulate behavior though design.