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Friday, June 8 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
What Color is Landscape Architecture?

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The U.S. Census projects that by 2043 America will be a majority-minority nation. Cities like Washington D.C. and Baltimore shifted demographically as early as the 1970’s. Despite these trends, the design community remains largely white. In order to live up to its highest professional ideals and maximize its impact, landscape architecture must be more than green. In this session, Richard Jones, Isaac Hametz, and Amina Mohamed will question the color of landscape architecture, reflecting on their personal journeys growing up as ‘others’ in the United States (biracial-American, Jewish-American, and Muslim-American) and sharing their professional response: the creation of a social impact studio at Mahan Rykiel Associates. The studio works in Baltimore City to revitalize schoolyards, connect public school students with parks, and develop career pathways for minority students in design.  

Speakers
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Isaac Hametz

Mahan Rykiel Associates
Isaac Hametz, ASLA, oversees Mahan Rykiel’s design research portfolio, building strategic partnerships to advance innovation in landscape architecture and urban design. Working closely with clients, colleagues, and collaborators, Isaac targets design research opportunities that... Read More →
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Richard Jones

President, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.
Richard Jones is the President of Mahan Rykiel Associates, a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout his career, Richard has pursued a vision of design and landscape architecture that aims to enrich human relationships and support vibrant... Read More →
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Amina Mohamed

Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.
Amina Mohamed, ASLA, is a landscape designer at Mahan Rykiel Associates. Her work centers on working with clients and communities to create innovative educational and healing landscapes. She folds her passion for research, social and environmental justice, and engagement with her... Read More →


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