We are pleased to present the 4th Annual AIANY Global Dialogues Committee Leaning Out event. Landscape and architecture are infinitely intertwined as they alternate in the roles of figure and backdrop from rural to urban settings. Shaping nature around us in ways that allow us to maintain a connection with it, whether in our daily lives or as excursions and escape from our routine, is one of the topics that will be explored in this panel discussion that will focus on the role of women in the field of landscape architecture.
Pamela Burton, FASLA, LEED, Green Associate Principal and President, Pamela Burton & Company
Andrea Cochran, FASLA, Principal, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Kim Mathews, ALA, FASLA, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Laura Starr, FASLA, LEED AP, Partner, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners PLLC
About the Series
Leaning Out was initiated in 2013 as a panel on and by women in the fields of architecture and construction. As part of the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee series of panels, each year’s topic reflects the Global Dialogues theme of the year. In turn, topics such as Global Practice, Identity and Profile, Education, Landscape Architecture, Academic Leadership, and Entrepreneurship, have been discussed by highly accomplished women in this field within a format that begins with presentations and is completed with a moderated panel discussion. Over 180 people attend the panel each year to listen to four or five panelists selected for their achievements in the field and ability to inspire generations to come. Leaning Out was initiated by Hana Kassem, AIA, Principal, KPF.
About the Speakers
Pamela Burton is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Burton received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She founded Pamela Burton & Company shortly after graduation, motivated to integrate the disciplines of art, architecture, and landscape. In 2003, Princeton Architectural Press published Private Landscapes: Modernist Gardens in Southern California, which Pamela co-authored with Marie Botnick. The book profiles residential gardens designed by mid-century modernists Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, and a number of their colleagues. In 2010, Princeton Architectural Press published Pamela Burton Landscapes, which describes the interrelationships between private residences and public landscapes in California, Hawaii, Idaho, New York, and Brazil. Burton is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet of the UCLA Fund. She served on the Design Review Board at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on the Design Review Board at the University of California, Riverside, and on the Architectural Review Board of the City of Santa Monica.
Andrea Cochran, FASLA, is founder and principal of San Francisco-based Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, and has been practicing landscape architecture in the Bay Area for over thirty years in the belief that design has the power to alter perception and initiate a deeper respect for the environment. Her fifteen-person studio, established in 1998, seamlessly weaves sustainable landscapes together with art and architecture, juxtaposing ordered architectural forms with the permeable, mutable materials of landscape. A sense of intimacy, restraint, and attention to detail suffuse each landscape, regardless of the scale or project type—residence or hotel, winery or public park, affordable housing complex or university. Cochran was awarded the 2014 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. In the same year, she received the ASLA Design Medal for her sustained body of work—the second woman ever to do so.
Kim Mathews has been practicing as a landscape architect and planner since 1983 and is a founding principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C., a 34-person design studio located in New York City. The firm’s award-winning portfolio reflects her ability to achieve consensus on the most complex design issues and guide others to outcomes that are sustainable, practical and inspiring. Kim holds a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a member of the American Planning Association.
Landscape Architect Laura Starr focuses on making density livable by bringing nature into the city. Her practice began with a twelve-year tenure at the Central Park Conservancy during its formative years as a public-private partnership, gaining inside experience of the workings of this new park management structure and its critical role in sustaining the work of living landscapes. Since co-founding Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, Starr has continued to expand on the Olmstedian themes she absorbed in Central Park, choreographing and sequencing the experience and stewardship of the landscape from tiny urban courtyards to vulnerable stretches of the waterfront. Participating in the Mayor’s post-Sandy Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR), Starr promoted the idea of integrating flood protection into a vibrant new waterfront—ideas which later earned her the nickname “mid-wife” of the Big U, a winning proposal in HUD’s Rebuild by Design (RBD) competition.