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LAEP Speaker Series

LAEP's Speaker Series is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the design of places and systems that shape our world.  Anyone interested in how his or her life and career might be enhanced through learning about planning and design will enjoy attending.  Students from Art, Graphic Design, Performance Art, Engineering, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and Outdoor Product Development and Design are likely to be enlightened by this series.

Speakers include leaders in design professions who are making a difference.  They are encouraged to answer the questions:  “How am I, and the work I do, relevant?”  The intent is that through these 40- minute talks, speakers will reveal problem-solving approaches in the creative process.  Through visual examples of their own work, they share how this is accomplished. 

The goal of the LAEP Speaker Series is to make the content of the presentations reveal problem-solving methods and the attitudes that support collaborative behavior.  The underlying premise is that these qualities can be taught, and that seeing the results in the practice of designers is very beneficial to students and practitioners.  

Joan Nassauer Presenting a Seminar

Spring 2021 Speaker Series Schedule

All lectures are hosted virtually over Zoom at 3:30 p.m. MDT.

January 29, 2021

Carol Mayer-Reed

Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA


Finding Inspiration:  It’s Here All Around Us

February 19, 2021

Jereck Boss

Jereck Boss, FASLA

OJB Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture Collaborations

March 5, 2021

Gina Ford & Brie Hensold

Gina Ford, FASLA
Brie Hensold, HASLA

Agency Landscape + Planning

Optimism and Action

March 26, 2021

Anya Domlesky

Anya Domlesky, ASLA

SWA Group

Practice-based Research for a Changing World

April 2, 2021

C.L. Bohannon

C.L. Bohannon, PhD, ASLA

Virginia Tech

Notes on Community Engagement, Leadership, and Social Change

April 16, 2021 | Budge Lecture

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson, FASLA


Insights on the Practice of Design

Slido Instructions:

Some courses offer credit for LAEP Speaker Series attendance. To sign the roll, visit and enter the code shared at the beginning of the lecture. You will then be prompted to provide your name and A#, and list any courses for which you are receiving Speaker Series credit. The attendance poll is only open at the beginning of the lecture, so make sure to complete it when you first join. LAEP 1030 students do not need to complete the Slido poll.

Forster Ndubisi presents at Speaker Series

Past Speaker Series Talks

To make Speaker Series acessible to all, the talks are recorded by Utah State's Media Production Department. All talks can be viewed online and previous speakers will be listed below.