CPP Landscape Architecture Lecture Series: ON SITE

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Building 7 Atrium

Claire Latané, CPP;  Samantha Harris, Culture Horticulture; Nina Briggs, The Fabric


September 26 @ 11:30 am

Buildign 7 Atrium


CPPLA Fall 2018 Lecture Program: 

ON SITE is a lecture series that features female speakers reflecting upon issues, questions and opportunities pertaining to ‘site’. The series highlights the multiplicity of meanings and perceptions of site, as both a physical construct and conceptual idea while being in all cases a politically charged and timely topic. It is a platform for women to share their approach to site research and documentation, perceived realities or misinterpretations of site, site boundaries, how the notion of site has changed over time, direct experiences as a designer on a construction site etc. Working in the expansive field of landscape design and urbanism in a variety of capacities, such as design, construction, professional practice, academia, writing, theory and community activism the speakers will dive deeply into ‘site’ - or ‘cite’ or ‘sight’? - as a rich territory from which to initiate a dialogue. With the current spotlight on equity, diversity and inclusion that reaches across many sectors, ON SITE brings the voices of these women into the foreground at a critical moment in time. 

Samantha Harris, ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, www.culturehorticulture.com

Sam is currently the Director of Culture Horticulture, a lab for artists, landscape designers, gardeners and other urban biophiliacs whose work explores the intertwined experience at the intersection of Culture (community/art/society/economics) and Horticulture (plants/gardens/environmental) issues and focuses on the consideration of beauty in the evolution of urban wildness and resilience in the post-wild anthropocene world. Her formative years were rooted in the vibrant, environmentally sensitive and multi-culturally rich setting of New York City in the 1970's and 80's. Training in art, ecology, botany, education and design further developed her talent for unearthing authentic stories of diverse places and people. Following her multivalent interests, she earned a BA in Studio Art, Minor in Botany from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and later completed her Master of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She spent 19 fruitful years with Rios Clementi Hale Studios (RCHS), an internationally renowned multi-disciplinary design studio as a licensed Landscape Architect and Principal.


Claire Latané, ASLA, LEED AP, SITES AP

Claire is a writer, community advocate, and ecological designer. Her work focuses on climate-appropriate design and promoting equitable access to humane urban environments and nature. She practiced landscape architecture for twelve years with EPTDESIGN and Studio-MLA. Claire’s recent focus is on designing and advocating for school environments that support mental health and well-being. She began this exploration as a Landscape Architecture Foundation Fellow for Innovation and Leadership and is continuing with support from the Association for Women in Architecture Foundation fellowship. She is also honored to be teaching again at Cal Poly Pomona.


Nina Briggs www.thefabric.org

Nina is the founding principal of THE FABRIC in Pasadena, California, cultivating new and renovation residential projects since 1987. Ms. Briggs received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California, and has taught architecture, interior architecture and design at California State University Northridge, The University of California Los Angeles Extension ARCID, The Art Institute of Los Angeles, Woodbury University, and College of the Canyons. Her collaborative approach to designing spaces for people, holistically incorporates sensitive listening and informed observation of human behavior within the layers of their cultural operating systems. THE FABRIC seeks to elevate and redefine place-making to positively affect inhabitants psychologically, while solving spatial problems. We strive to translate clients’ desires and spatial needs into architectural authenticity.



ON SITE Sponsors:

Cal Poly Pomona Department of Landscape Architecture

Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design

Cal Poly Pomona Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance

Woodbury School of Architecture

Gabrielle Bullock + Rocky Carroll

Barbara Bestor

MIIM Designs