Common Lectures Series | Fall 2018

All Lectures in IFNH RM 101 @ 4:00 PM unless otherwise noted (*)
See a list of our past lectures


September 5
Hugh Keegan, Applications Prototype Lab, Esri
Identifying, Prioritizing and Connecting Green Infrastructure in Your Town and Across the U.S.

Working with noted Spanish Landscape Architect Arancha Muñoz-Criado and Karen Firehock of the Green Infrastructure Center, Inc. ESRI has created a national data base of intact natural areas and free tools to help communities, designers and planners identify, prioritize and connect them. The goal is to identify and protect our most valuable local intact landscapes before development occurs and to create natural networks of open spaces and corridors between communities, counties and states – Think of Olmstead’s Emerald Necklace but implemented across the entire country!

Hugh Keegan - a career employee at ESRI, was introduced to GIS concepts and software while a student intern at Oak Ridge Natl. Laboratory in the late 70’s. He trained at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Landscape Architecture under Carl Steinitz, Dave Sinton and Dana Tomlin, and worked at the Harvard Lab for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis for several years after graduation. Joining ESRI in the early 80’s, he helped form the company’s Applications Prototype Lab, managing it for most of his career at ESRI. This group performs applied R&D work, mostly for NGOs, and has developed many hundreds of prototypes and applications for organizations as diverse as the World Health Organization, the Jane Goodall Institute, JPL, and NASA along with collaborating with Richard Saul Wurman on his 192021 and Urban Observatory Projects.  In 2016 he led an effort to build a national database of all available undisturbed open spaces in the United States larger than 100 acres, and quantify the level of connectivity between them, in support of national Green Infrastructure Planning and GeoDesign efforts.  The APL was guided in this work by Arancha Criado Munoz,  a leading proponent of Green Infrastructure planning in the EU and Karen Firehock, the founder of the Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, VA.

September 12
Jill Lipoti, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers
Sustainability is not a “thing”; it is a “way”

This lecture is about decision-making with the future in mind.  Each of us has our own vision for how the future should look, but unless we can agree on a shared vision, our efforts will be fragmented and could be counterproductive.  How can we reach agreement on a shared future?  How can we influence others to bend their vision to enhance ours?  Do we have the maturity to change our minds?  Let’s start by considering some simple decisions – how do you make those decisions?  Habit?  Convenience? What if you took the time to make considered decisions?  Would you change your mind?  Or maybe we should start by considering our values.  What are some frameworks for considering our values? “When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier”.  (Roy Disney) “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Jill Lipoti, Ph.D. is an Assistant Teaching Professor, at the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University.  Jill Lipoti has contributed to the development and implementation of the academic Minor in Sustainability, teaching two of the required courses. The Sustainability minor is the fastest growing minor at SEBS, where students enjoy the positive energy and collective ability to make a difference.  Jill is a member of the Rutgers Sustainability Committee.  She has spearheaded the RU Sustainable symposium, where students and faculty connect with the UN Sustainable Development Goals through service, education, research and the arts. Jill Lipoti is an alumni member of Alpha Zeta, has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in environmental science from Rutgers, and received the George H. Cook Award for Distinguished Alumni from Rutgers in 2007.


September 19
The Steve Strom Lecture (*)
Frederick Steiner, Dean and Paley Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
"Making Plans"
* 6:30 pm meet and greet, 7:00 pm lecture

Frederick Steiner draws on five decades as a “reflective practitioner” to illustrate how large-scale planning requires setting goals, determining suitabilities, designing options, selecting courses for moving forward, taking actions, and adjusting to changes. Based on his experience developing plans for the City of Austin and the University of Texas campus, and establishing the SITES rating system for the sustainability of landscapes, he offers guiding principles for planners at any stage of their career.

Frederick Steiner is Dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and co-director of the Ian L. McHarg Center. He served for 15 years as Dean of the Schoolof Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, having taught at Arizona State University, Washington State University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Tsinghua University. Dean Steiner was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at Wageningen University and a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. A fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, he has written, edited, or co-edited 18 books, including Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment (UT Press, 2018). Dean Steiner earned a Master of Community Planning and a B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. and M.A. in city and regional planning and a Master of Regional Planning from PennDesign.


September 26
Robin Leichenko, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, Rutgers
Bringing Equity into Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Cities

October 3
Gernot Riether, Director of the School of Architecture New Jersey Institute of Technology
Digital Design Build Studio

October 10
Student Presentations, Rutgers Landscape Architecture
De Boer Prize and Study Abroad

October 17
No lecture (ASLA conference)

October 24
Richard Serrano, Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Department of French, Rutgers
“Look upon my beauty!” : The Alhambra and the Guided Eye

October 31
No lecture

November 7
Kathleen Kambic, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of New Mexico
Feminist Political Ecology and the Challenges of Contemporary Landscape Design

November 14
Lynnette Widder, Professor, Masters of Sustainability Management, Columbia University
Kaneji Domoto: Versioning “American-Japanese” Architectures and Landscapes

November 28
Frank Gallagher, Associate Professor
Jean Marie Hartman, Associate Professor
Christina Kaunzinger, Assistant Professor of Research
All from the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers
Panel on Ecology in Landscape Architecture

December 5
Mary Pat McGuire, RLA, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, UIUC College of Fine and Applied Arts
Urban Surface: Transformations Through Design


See a list of our past lectures