As a senior principal at James Corner Field Operations, Lisa Switkin has led many of the firm's most complex, bold, and transformative projects and has helped to reshape New York City's public realm for the past 20 years. Switkin will discuss new forms of public space that foster environmental health and resilience, social cohesion and well-being, and connection to place. She will examine "cohabitation" and our evolving human relationship with nature, showcasing projects such as the High Line in Manhattan; Domino Park and River Ring in Brooklyn; the transformative master plan for Freshkills Parkland in Staten Island; and Shelby Farms Park in Memphis.
Lisa Switkin, FAAR, ASLA, is the former President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and a 2008 Rome Prize recipient at the American Academy in Rome. She earned a Bachelor in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She continues to teach design studios and lecture at universities, symposia, and institutions around the world.