COTE + Harvard Club of Seattle: Martha Schwartz - Rethinking Design in the Age of Climate Crisis
Dive into a discussion with Martha Schwartz, Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Her firm, Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP), has been at the forefront of the practice, rethinking design in the age of climate change to help guide clients and projects to a more resilient and sustainable future.
Participants in the “Virtual Lunch” webinar will gain insights into Martha’s current thinking on a variety of topics including our various current global crises. There will be a 30 minute Q&A session following her 1 hour talk. Registered participants (maximum of 100) will receive a link to the Zoom webinar the day before the event.
A member of the Climate Change Task Force for the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and recipient of numerous national and international design awards, Martha Schwartz has revolutionized the way we think about urban sustainability. Martha is presently working with the Harvard administration on the GSD’s new curriculum on climate change and continues to teach studios on how cities can best prepare for these effects through the integration of ecological systems as a major component of urban stability.
Her firm, Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP), has been at the forefront of the practice, rethinking design in the age of climate change to help guide clients and projects to a more resilient and sustainable future. MSP contributed to the Seattle Mass Timber Tower Case Study in 2018, helping local architects develop “strategies that balance LEED requirements, coworking amenities, millennial preferences and, of course, cost of construction.” This commitment continues to inform recent and current projects in China and the Middle East, where the impacts of climate change will be more readily realized. Best known examples of the firm’s public work include Grand Canal Square (Dublin, Ireland), Mesa Arts Center (Mesa, AZ), Monte Laar Central Park (Vienna, Austria), Beiqijia Technology Business Center (Beijing, China), and the Zipong Dongxingsi Waterfront Park (Sichuan, China).
This program is presented by Harvard Club of Seattle in association with AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment, Harvard Alumni for Education, and Seattle University. Contact AIA Seattle Member Engagement Manager, Connor Descheemaker, with questions or concerns.