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Join the School of Architecture for a thought-provoking discussion with landscape architect Gina Ford of Agency Landscape + Planning titled Agency in Action: Stories of Community-Engaged Design.
Community engagement, once a box to be checked as part of public design commissions, is increasingly a creative driver in the design and planning of public realm in cities. Building on her practice's mission, Gina will share stories of projects - across geographies, project types and scales - of inspired community-engaged design. She will explore Agency's philosophy, tactics and experience in engagement and outreach with an emphasis on how the welcome of community voice leads to better design outcomes.
ABOUT GINA FORD
Gina Ford is a landscape architect, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. Underpinning her two decades of practice are a commitment to the design and planning of public places and the perpetuation of the value of landscape architecture via thought leadership, teaching, writing and lecturing. Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects, among others. Her service includes roles on the board of directors for the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the City Parks Alliance. Gina is the recipient of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship and Wellesley College’s Shaw Fellowship.
ABOUT AGENCY LANDSCAPE + PLANNING
Agency is a mission-driven practice dedicated to addressing social equity, cultural vitality and environmental resilience through design excellence, strategic planning and community empowerment. We believe that - in order to address the most challenging issues of our contemporary society - diversity and inclusion are foundational to how we see, understand and, ultimately, shape our collective experience, particularly in the public spaces, parks and streets of our urban communities. We seek landscape and planning opportunities that allow us to partner meaningfully with constituents, that welcome many voices and hands in the process, and that produce outcomes that are deeply connected to the richness and uniqueness of place.
Agency is a women-run business enterprise led by partners Gina Ford and Brie Hensold. Our leadership - combined with a collective team of passionate and talented landscape architects, planners and urban designers - enables the full spectrum of design services - from strategic planning to complex landscape implementation.
Monday, February 17 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Homer Rainey Hall (HRH), Jessen Auditorium
200 21ST ST W, Austin, Texas 78705