LA Distinguished Speaker Series - Debra Guenther

Date: September 22, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: MSU Broad Art Museum

The next Landscape Architecture Distinguished Speaker series event takes place Sept. 22, 2016 at 5:30pm at the MSU Broad Art Museum. Michigan State University alumna Debra Guenther, FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, is the featured speaker and will present on Anthropocene: Collaboration in an Era of Human Influence. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online.

More than half of the world’s population is living in cities. How we build and live in our cities is perhaps the greatest opportunity to explore how to respond to human and natural processes that are now considered so tightly linked that this era is called the “Anthropocene”—an era of human influence. How can designers respond to conditions of climate change, species loss and human inequity with urgency and use everyday projects as a transformational tool for communities? Deb Guenther will share a wide range of work from Mithun, an interdisciplinary firm in Seattle and San Francisco that strives to design for positive change.

As a partner and landscape architect at Mithun, Deb has built a team of landscape architects that brings exceptional quality, critical thinking and award-winning design to projects. She is interested in the role of the public realm in our cities—how it can connect people with their surroundings mand each other, support equity and increase social cohesion. Her innate understanding of that interaction leads her to work on complex, diverse projects across scales for public, private and nonprofit partnerships, delivering conceptual design ideas for projects firm-wide. This range of work allows her to make strategic connections and create new partnerships that strengthen projects. Clients benefit from her dedication to integrating policy, practice and design through her understanding of national trends and relationships with other national leaders.

Deb is a regular speaker at conferences, such as Greater and Greener, an urban parks conference: Living Futures, and the Urban Land Institute. Nationally recognized for her leadership on green infrastructure and ecosystem service issues, she was awarded the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Presidents Medal in 2010.

5:30–6:30 PM

Meet & Greet
MSU Jazz Quartet
Optional Museum Tours
MSU Broad Art Museum

6:30–7:30 PM

MSU Broad Art Museum

Immediately Following
MSU Broad Art Museum

Registration is available online.
Tax Deductible Donations Suggested $15-$25.
Funds are being collected by the LAAAB to offset costs of the MSU LAAAB and LA Program Distinguished Speaker series and/or other student related enrichment programs as determined by the MSU LAAAB, faculty and administration.