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“2017 TEDxBeaconStreet Interview with Gina Ford. Imagine trying to design a single space that could encourage sustainable travel, community gathering, and formal parades, all while projecting both inclusiveness and security. That’s the challenge landscape architects face.

The ways in which public space design affects the way we interact with our fellow citizens are fascinating, and star landscape architect Gina Ford tells us what it’s like to design for the community values we all cherish. “

About the Speaker

Gina Ford

Gina Ford

Gina is a principal and landscape architect in Sasaki’s Urban Studio. The Urban Studio is an energized and interdisciplinary group of practitioners solely dedicated to the improvement of quality of life in cities through rigorous planning, exceptional design, and strong community partnerships.

Gina’s work encompasses a wide range of scales and project types, from public parks and plazas to large-scale landscape planning and waterfront projects. She brings to each project a passion for the process of making vibrant landscape spaces—from the conceptual design to the details of implementation—with a particular focus on the life and use of urban, public environments.

Gina’s experience is additionally informed by extensive research, writing, travel, teaching, and competitions. Her teaching includes guest critic and studio instructor roles at the Harvard Design School, MIT, and RISD. She holds degrees in architecture from Wellesley College and landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was the recipient of Wellesley’s Shaw Fellowship, the Janet Darling Webel Prize, the Hyde Chair at the University of Nebraska, and the Charles Eliot Travelling Fellowship. Gina was also recently elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows, after having been nominated by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA).