Speaker Series

The Speaker Series

The LAEP Speaker Series began in 2007 by Lindsay Ex, a 2010 MLA graduate and has continued to grow stronger each year as new graduate students with the support of a faculty member have taken over.  The Speakers Series is a time for professionals and experts related to the landscape architecture field to come and present award winning or noteworthy projects to the students.  The speaker series occurs every other Wednesday at 11:30pm in the Fine Arts-Visual building room 150.

The Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Department would like to extend a thank you to all of our guest speakers that have participated so far and encourage other professionals to continue to participate.  If you are interested in becoming one of our guest speakers, please contact Dr. Shujuan Li at shujuan.li@usu.edu or graduate student Lynda Draper. 

Upcoming Presenters

September 10th - Kirk Miller

September 24th - Ed Stafford

October 8th - Soren Simonsen

October 22nd - Kelly Kopp

November 5th - Bruce Meeks

November 19th - Greg Graves

Spring 2014 Past Presenters

April 16, 2014 Xiaoguang 'Lux' Liu
Xiaguang 'Lux' Liu is a PhD candidate in the College of Landscape Architecture at Nanjing Forestry University Jiangsu Province China.  Xiaguang Liu began his lecture discussing Nanjing City, then moved on to the effects of Chinese Landscape Design on Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries, including the three hypo-thesis of Sharawadgi.  The presentation concluded with a consideration of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou, modern Chinese Cities.  His lecture was titled "Sharawadgi: Mists Between Chinese & English Gardens."
March 19, 2014 Jamie Tsandes
Jamie Tsandes has over 15 years of experience in Landscape Architecture and Natural resource Management, with an emphasis in Environmental Planning.  She is a graduate of Utah State University in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning with a BLA in 2000.  She manages the Environmental and Landscape Architecture services at Bowen Collins & Associates (BC&A), primarily a water and waste water engineering firm.  Her environmental team includes biologists and engineers.  Prior to Joining BC&A, Ms. Tsandes worked for Psomas, a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, for 10 years where she was the first and only Landscape Architect for 8 years.  She began her internship at Psomas during her junior year at USU.  She presented to students on "Environmental Planning in Context: How LA's Can Integrate Into a Multi-Disciplinary Firm."
March 5, 2014 Dr. Zhen Wang
Dr. Zhen Wang is a visiting scholar from China where he is an Assistant Professor in the Architecture Department of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China.  His areas of expertise include urban morphology, landscape design with micro-climate considerations, double-skin facade research and design, and urban micro-climates. The title for his presentation to the Landscape Architecture students was "Urban Micro-climate & Environmental Analysis."
February 26, 2014 Allysia Angus
Allysia Angus (MLA, 1999) works in southern Utah as the Landscape Architect for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, BLM's first and one of the nation's largest national monuments.  She has worked at the monument since 2000 on a number of recreation, planning, and site design projects.  Allysia led the agency's national effort to produce the BLM Guidelines for a Quality Built Environment.  Allysia also serves as the monument's visual resource specialist and has been an executive officer for the scenic byway 12 (Utah's only all-american road) foundation for more than ten years.  Her presentation to the Landscape Architecture students was titled "Landscape Architecture on Public Lands: Perspectives From the BLM." 
February 19, 2014 Jamie Maslyn Larson
Jamie Maslyn Larson, MLA 1998, is a Principal at West 8's New York office and is Principal-in-charge of West 8's American projects, including Governors Island Park and Public Space Project, Miami Beach Soundscape, and the Master Plan for Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.  Larson has committed her career to the implementation of complex public space projects in all facets of design, public outreach, permitting, and construction administration.  Her work has varied in scale from small urban plazas to 1000 acre public gardens.  
January 15, 2014 Christie Oostema

Christie Oostema is the Planning Director for Envision Utah.  She works across urban, suburban and rural areas of Utah in addition to providing community and regional-level capacity building assistance nationwide.  

Her passions include facilitating public conversations and exploring emerging solutions with citizens and stakeholders in planning processes that encompass housing, economic development, mobility, agriculture, and the environment.  Christie's presentation to the Landscape Architecture students was titled: Envision Utah: Your Utah - Your Future.

Fall 2013 Past Presenters

December 4, 2013 Andrew McAllister

Andrew McAllister, is a fine art photographer with a wide range of work in his portfolio, from portraits and fashion to architecture.  Having recently moved from his home in Ohio to Logan, his current passion is landscapes of the west in which he explores the images of natural beauty and human settlement in the unique environment of the western US.  His presentation to the Landscape Architecture students was titled: Looking at the West: Landscape Photography and Sense of Place. Examples of Andrew's photography can be found on his website at andrewmcallisterphotography.com. 

November 20, 2013 Richard Gilbert

Richard Gilbert and his brother Steven are owners and principals of the landscape design firm ArcSitio in Salt Lake City.  A 1996 BLA graduate from the LAEP program at USU, Richard's work has won several awards from both Utah ASLA and the National ASLA.  He has completed projects in locations as varied as Costa Rica, Alaska, and South Korea, but is probably best-known for his work along the Wasatch Front. Richard's presentation to the Landscape Architecture sutdents was titled: designing In a New America: The Evolving Role of the Landscape Architect in the West.  Here is a link to his companies website: arcsitiodesign.com.

November 6, 2013 Karin Kettenring

Dr. Kettenring is an Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology in the Department of Watershed Sciences and the Ecology Center at Utah State University, where she teaches courses in wetland ecology and restoration ecology.  Much of her research program focuses on the ecology and control of Phragmites australis (common reed), an invasive grass that is widespread across North American wetlands.  Other research interests include revegetation of native plants in wetland restorations as well as understanding the impacts of hydrologic management on wetland plants and functions. Karin's presentation to the Landscape Architecture students was titled: Phragmites australis Invasion Into Great Salt Lake Wetlands: Why is it a Successful Invader and How Can We Control it?

October 30, 2013 James Alfandre

James Alfandre grew up around creative neighborhood developments.  his father, Joe Alfandre - Developer of Kentlands - instilled in James the notion that development can be used as a force for good by changing the way people live and improving quality of life.  James obtained a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland and today, shares the spirit and evolution of kentlands with a new generation.  He is working with tenants, local businesses, and property owners of The Granary District, in Salt Lake City, to crowd-source the revitalization of this area into a diverse, inclusive and prosperous urban neighborhood.

October 24, 2013 Mark van der Zalm

Mark van der Zalm has extensive experience in the planning, design, and management of a variety of land-use and landscape architectural projects, from urban skate plazas to campus plans.  Mark is a 1997 graduate of USU's MLA program and is an active alumnus, serving on the LAEP Advancement Board and the USU Board of Directors of the Alumni Foundation.  The title of Mark's presentation to the Landscape Architecture students was: The Practice of Landscape Architecture: Diversification, Specialization, and International Trade. His company, van der Zalm & Associates Inc. website can be found here: vdz.ca.

September 25, 2013 Jake Powell

Jake Powell graduated from BLA program at Utah State in 2008.  He has worked as a designer at G. Brown Design doing trail and open space planning and as a designer for Jack Johnson Company doing ski resort master planning and design.

Jack received his MSLA from Penn State in 2011.  Jack currently works as a watershed coordinator in the Upper Weber Watershed.  Jack's presentation to the Landscape Architecture students was titled: Stream Restoration & Watershed Planning: The Role of Landscape Architecture in Natural Resource Conservation.


Past Presenters for 2012-13