Arancha Munoz-Criado is an architect and urban planner, receiving her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has utilized geodesign to create sustainable environments based on Green Infrastructure for over 25 years. In her various roles, including as General Secretary of Urban Planning, Landscape and Environment for the Autonomous Region of Valencia, Munoz-Criado introduced the term and concept of Green Infrastructure into the government’s legal and administrative framework. She was the driving force in getting the European Union Directive on Strategic Environmental Assessment (which requires sustainable development and public engagement for all development) put into law for the region of Valencia, Spain. As a result, geodesign is now used across approximately 550 municipalities to align planning efforts around Green Infrastructure.
In her public career, Munoz-Criado directed the Strategic Development Plan for the Region of Valencia (2011), the Regional Green Infrastructure Plan (2011), and the Strategic Projects Law (2012). These efforts stimulated economic activity and generated multiplier effects across a spectrum of sectors. In addition, she fully implemented the European Landscape Convention by developing and implementing the Landscape Policy for the region of Valencia, the first Landscape Law in Spain (2006).
Prior to her role in regional government, she was the Principal at Landar, a landscape architecture and landscape planning firm where she was responsible for the design of major parks and plans for regional and urban open space systems, including the Parque de Cabecera in Valencia (2002); the Waterfront Promenade in Pinar Beach, Castellón (2003); and Waterfront Dune Park in the Albufera, Valencia.
Today, Munoz-Criado continues to incorporate her deep experience in cross-cultural, multidisciplinary, team-oriented projects with her keen ability to weave environmental, landscape, cultural, and social/economic values to create compelling sustainable design and policy solutions that improve lives and protect the environment.
Nader is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Redlands and the Chair of the American Planning Association-Technology Division. As a Visiting Assistant Professor, Nader is developing a Master of Geo-Design program at the University of Redlands. His responsibilities in this position include researching Geo-design policies and techniques, developing the program's curriculum, piloting and teaching Geo-design studio courses, and mentoring graduate students.
With more than fifteen years of experience in urban planning and design, Nader's research and professional work focuses on ways in which cities can and should function smarter using new technologies and data sources. As a researcher, technologist, and an entrepreneur, Nader guides planning organizations, universities, and technology companies on designing creative solutions to handle urban and regional planning issues, using Web-based planning and design tools, GIS, and social media more effectively.
Nader holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado Denver. He also holds Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Urban Planning from the University of Tehran. Prior to beginning his PhD studies at the University of Colorado, Nader worked on various projects that focused on socio-economic revitalization of downtown areas, redevelopment of historical towns, and ecological planning, as a project director, urban planner, and designer for seven years. Nader's collaborative planning approaches in land-use and environmental planning have been presented and published in the U.S. and internationally in the Middle East and Europe.
David Goldberg is a practitioner instructor of landscape architecture and the Technology Operations Manager for the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Penn State University. There he teaches course in design visualization, building information modeling, site design, and geodesign. His research interests include: optimizing the physical and virtual environments where teams interact; enhancing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration between industry, practice and the academy; and developing strategies for virtual learning environments for studio design courses.
Prior to joining Penn State, David was an assistant professor of Landscape Architecture at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There he led monodisciplinary and interdisciplinary studios to Germany, Brazil, Italy, and Greece that addressed contemporary design issues of stormwater management, urban ecology, and urban design.
David holds both a Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelors of Science of Landscape Architecture degree from Penn State University and has over 15 years of professional practice experience including work in both large and small multidisciplinary practices.
David Early, Principal at PlaceWorks, is renowned throughout California as an expert on smart growth and sustainable development, with nearly 30 years of experience in the fields of comprehensive planning, plan implementation, public participation, urban design, transportation planning, and environmental review. Mr. Early is an expert facilitator, and he has helped numerous groups achieve consensus on difficult development and conservation issues. He also has extensive knowledge of GIS planning concepts and has overseen the application of GIS on numerous projects.
Prashant Hedao is a Planner, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist, Architect and Landscape Architect, with over 25 years of experience in using GIS; in various fields such as Ecological Planning Biodiversity Conservation, Forestry and Hydrological Modeling, Integrated Planning and post-Disaster Rehabilitation Planning.
Prashant Hedao has a Bachelors in Architecture from Sir JJ College of Architecture, University of Mumbai (India) and Masters in Landscape Architecture with a focus in Ecological Planning at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA). Currently he is a PhD candidate in Geography at UC Davis and was a visiting scientist at Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore during 2014-15 working on his doctoral dissertation research in the global biodiversity hotspot The Western Ghats is south India.
Prashant Hedao has in the past worked at Department of Landscape Architecture at University of California at Berkeley as a GIS Specialist on large scale planning projects conserving natural resources. Later he worked with World Wildlife Fund-US as Conservation Planner & GIS Analyst on biodiversity conservation projects in Asia, South America, Africa and the US. He has also worked at Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) USA as Software Product Specialist/ Cartographic Analyst for over four years. He has been appointed as a Consultant and Advisor for many biodiversity conservation and environmental projects internationally. He has also conducted conservation GIS trainings and given talks and presentations on conservation and planning at international conferences and meetings in Cameroon, Chile, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and USA.
During 2005-2007, he worked in Auroville (International Township) near Pondicherry in south India on the Tsunami Relief & Rehabilitation Project as the Planning Coordinator. He was responsible for developing ecologically sound guidelines for long-term rehabilitation planning for tsunami affected villages along east coast of south India. During that time he worked very closely with Government of Tamil Nadu and UNDP-India and several NGOs that were involved in rehabilitation.
Prashant Hedao was cartographic/GIS mapping consultant to Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi (EAD) for preparing the Environmental Atlas of Abu Dhabi Emirate (www.environmentalatlas.ae/cartography). During this period he was also the regional planning coordinator with L’avenir d’Auroville (Auroville Planning & Development Group) and was involved in the integrated planning in Auroville and the surrounding region (near Pondicherry) working very closely with Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry state governments.
Robert Kain, GIS Manager at PlaceWorks, has over 17 years of planning experience, including 15 years of municipal planning and geospatial analysis experience, leads a team of highly qualified GIS experts in the development of GreenScore PlaceWorks’s proprietary suite of GIS tools and analysis methodologies for measuring and evaluating the sustainability of the built environment.
Devin is a Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates and is regarded as one of the profession’s top designers and graphic specialists. Devin has presented at both national and state planning conferences about the importance in graphics and instructed on how best to communicate plans and planning concepts as well as the importance of development visualization. Prior to co-founding Houseal Lavigne Associates, Devin was the Senior Planning Manager for URS Corporation. Devin joined URS through their acquisition of Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen and Payne (TPAP) a prominent planning and economic development firm in the City of Chicago. In addition to his responsibilities at Houseal Lavigne Associates, Devin is an adjunct lecturer at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. In 2011 Devin was asked by the school to revive the program’s urban planning studio which includes instruction on urban design analysis and planning graphics.
Devin is a Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates and is nationally recognized as an innovative leader in the planning profession for his illustrations, graphics, and for his ability to communicate planning and development concepts clearly and concisely. Devin’s contribution to his firm’s graphics and plans has helped distinguish Houseal Lavigne’s body of work and garnered multiple state and national awards.
One of Devin’s motivations in establishing the firm was to create outreach opportunities and report documents that excites the public about urban planning and creates the foundation for genuine community partnerships. In Flint, Michigan, Devin created a series of 3D renderings that depicts entire neighborhoods defined by a visualization “place type” tool. Rather than focus on land use classifications and traditional regulations, Flint’s “place types” are instantly recognizable to citizens because they graphically depict the urban design elements that give a neighborhood its defining character. The plan recognizes people see their neighborhood as a place, not a zone. As a result, this tool has generated greater participation and elevated the conversation about the strategic actions and land use policies the community can use to achieve its goals.
Prior to founding Houseal Lavigne Associates, Devin was the Senior Planning Manager for URS Corporation, a Senior Planner at Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen and Payne (TPAP), and worked in local government in parks and recreation management. Devin received his Bachelor’ degree from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Ontario. Devin is also an educator in the field, serving as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois, where he teaches an urban design studio, and also serves as one of twenty recognized experts that travel the county as a SketchUp Visiting Professional (VPP).
Paul Niedzwiecki is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, the region’s land use, economic development and planning agency. Paul is a Lawyer and Marine Corps veteran with 20 years of experience in public management and community outreach. He received a B.S. in Public Administration from Suffolk University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He leads the Commission in fulfilling its mission of ‘Keeping a Special Place Special’ by protecting the natural environment, promoting economic growth, and encouraging community engagement.
Iris Patten is Program Director for the online GIS Technology programs at the University of Arizona and leads the Geospatial Collaborative, an initiative that focuses on the integration of geographic information systems in projects that can benefit from an identification of opportunities that produce resurgent natural, urban, and social environments. She has degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida and in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Thematically, Iris’ work includes renewable energy, strategic planning, land use and growth management, and collaborative governance. Her applied research includes work with tribal nations, non-profits, regional governments, and federal agencies in the United States and Africa. In 2015, Iris’ co-authored book “Advanced Land Use Analysis for Regional Geodesign” was published by Esri Press.
Vice President, Conservation Science, the Jane Goodall Institute
Lilian Pintea brings twenty years of experience in using satellite imagery and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the job of conserving chimpanzees and their vanishing habitats in Africa. As vice president of conservation science at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), Dr. Pintea directs the scientific department at the Institute and conducts applied conservation research. This includes one of the first applications of very high resolution satellite imagery for community mapping, innovative use of geospatial technologies to develop and implement conservation and participatory village land use plans, and the use of mobile technologies to empower local communities to monitor their forests and be better stewards of their natural resources and custodians of chimpanzees.
Dr. Pintea holds a Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota and a M.S. in zoology from Moscow State University, Russia. He is a former MacArthur Scholar of the MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Global Change, Sustainability, and Justice at the University of Minnesota and a former Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Remote Sensing at the University of Delaware. With frequent trips to the field in Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Pintea lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Darren Ruddell is an Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California where he teaches and develops curricula in GeoDesign and advanced online programs in Geographic Information Science and Technology. GeoDesign is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary framework that pairs planning, design and environmental systems with geospatial technologies to explore ways to build a better world. Ruddell utilizes geospatial technologies to investigate issues of urban sustainability and resiliency. Ruddell earned his Ph.D. from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University.
With drought and El Niño as a back drop the Council for Watershed Health has developed a regional application for water infiltration, pollutant reduction and opportunity analysis. The Los Angeles region is rife with examples of poverty gerrymandering, using measures of disadvantage to plan, design and fund projects that are not wanted or understood by the community. Our design process instead is engaging local community groups to leverage this analysis application to vet and develop projects that have simultaneous benefits for community quality of life metrics like access to open space, recreation, safe routes to school and active living as well as water quality and supply. Community groups with focuses other than water infrastructure are engaged to help them understand the potential for their projects to include water quality and quantity elements, as well as open the window for access to funding for those activities.
In a pivot from traditional Geodesign the application helps groups like Day One in El Monte to visually understand the results from complex modeling tasks and compare one location to another on metrics including increase in infiltration, opportunities to add to groundwater supplies, where pollutant concentrations in stormwater are highest, anthropogenic constraints like leaking underground storage tanks and many other cleanups. This information is based on hydrology modeling from the Bureau of Reclamation and the EPA models. Including multiple data sources made available via a WebApp Builder interface the application allows for a quick vetting of ideas while in meetings and during conversations on a mobile device.
Eui-Sung Yi is currently Principal of Morphosis Architects and the director of The Now Institute at UCLA. He received his Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University (1992) and his Master of Architecture at Harvard University (1997).
Yi has been involved with academia and scholarship for over fifteen years in Asia and the U.S. His current position as the Director of The Now Institute in UCLA is a 10 year culmination of research and speculations on emerging urban issues confronting major metropolises and disaster cities. Through comprehensive data research and analysis, the Now Institute integrates—through GIS—traditionally specialized and isolated studies to find inter-disciplinary planning solutions that can address the complex demographic and environmental issues challenging urbanism today.
Professionally, Yi has worked extensively in Asia and the US. He has been with Morphosis for over 14 years starting in 1992. He has won several competitions and wrote the report that advocated for the GSA to adopt sustainable green policies for all future projects. For 5 years away from Morphosis, Yi was oversaw the design and completion of his competition-winning Korean Embassy in Tokyo, Japan and the Korean Consulate in Guangzhou, China. Additionally, he has been an AIA National Speaker on Urban Design (Los Angeles) and Sustainability (San Antonio) for two National Conventions. In all Yi’s parallel academic and professional pursuits, the issue of urbanism continues to thread and anchor the scholarships.
Carl Steinitz is the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Emeritus, at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 1967, Steinitz received his PhD degree in City and Regional Planning, with a major in urban design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds the Master of Architecture degree from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. In 1965 he began his affiliation with the Harvard Graduate School of Design as an initial research associate in the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis. He has been Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Design since 1973.
Professor Steinitz has devoted much of his academic and professional career to improving methods to analyze large land areas and make design decisions about conservation and development. His applied research and teaching focus on highly valued landscapes that are undergoing substantial pressures for change. Professor Steinitz has directed studies in as wide ranging locales as the Gunnison region of Colorado; the Monadnock region of New Hampshire; the Snyderville Basin, Utah; Monroe County, Pennsylvania; the region of Camp Pendleton, California; the Gartenreich Worlitz in Germany; Muskau in Germany and Poland; the West Lake in Hangzhou, China; the Upper San Pedro River Basin in Sonora and Arizona; Coiba National Park in Panama; the regions of La Paz and Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico; Cagliari, Italy; the Tajo River and Henares River corridors in Spain; and the regions of Castilla La Mancha and Valencia in Spain.
Professor Steinitz has lectured and given workshops at more than 140 universities. In 1984, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) presented Professor Steinitz with the Outstanding Educator Award for his “extraordinary contribution to environmental design education” and for his “pioneering exploration in the use of computer technology in landscape planning, especially in the areas of resource management and visual impact assessment.” In 1996 he received the annual “Outstanding Practitioner Award” from the International Society of Landscape Ecology (USA). In 2002, he was honored as one of Harvard University’s outstanding teachers.
Professor Steinitz is author of A Framework for Geodesign (Esri press, 2012) and principal author of Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes (Island Press 2003). He has received several honorary degrees. Professor Steinitz is currently the External Academic Adviser to the European Union funded LE:NOTRE program to rationalize landscape education in Europe and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.
John Wilson is the founding Director of the Spatial Sciences Institute as well as a Professor of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, and Sociology at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Wilson’s research and teaching focus on the modeling of environmental systems with the general goal of improving our knowledge and understanding of the factors linking society, the environment and human health. He received his LLB Honors (Law), BSc Honors and MSc in Geography from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto in Canada. He has held several visiting appointments in environmental studies, geography, and planning at the Australian National University, University of Canterbury, University of Utrecht, University of Waikato, and most recently, in the Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Wilson founded the journal Transactions in GIS in 1996 and has served as Editor-in-Chief since its inception. He is a Fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge 2.0 project. He is also an active participant in the UNIGIS International Association, a worldwide consortium of 10 institutions which collaborates on the development and delivery of online geographic information science academic programs. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health as well as many state agencies, not-for-profits, and for-profit companies.
A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that a mapping and analysis framework could provide a deeper understanding of our world and help us design a better future. As founder and president of Esri, Dangermond's leadership and vision stimulate the ongoing innovation of GIS technologies that enable people to make insightful decisions and improve the quality of life everywhere.