The Women in Landscape Architecture Walk is Coming to San Francisco

San Francisco’s Rincon Park is a stop on the Women in Landscape Architecture Walk on November 14. / image: Wendy Mok, ASLA

Getting excited for the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture yet? The Field is highlighting a sampling of conference events over the next two weeks to help you plan your schedule.

After a few days of education sessions, deep dives, exploring the EXPO, and PPN events in Practice Basecamp, you may be ready for some fresh air. The Women in Landscape Architecture Walk will be just the thing you need to jumpstart the final day of the conference, taking place bright and early Monday morning on November 14.

Continuing a tradition that began at the 2009 ASLA conference in Chicago when Angela Dye, FASLA, was ASLA President, this year the ASLA Northern California Chapter’s WILA Walk will explore the SOMA district, including the East Cut neighborhood, San Francisco’s new Downtown, and Yerba Buena District, the original cultural and civic institutional hub at SOMA. We will see and discuss an energetic mix of sleek residential and commercial high rises, repurposed live-work historic buildings, small businesses, corporate headquarters, new streetscapes, and public green spaces as well as a revitalization plan for the original cultural hub.

This route, which you can check out through the Google map on the walk webpage, will highlight urban spaces, streetscapes, public art, architecture, and master plans that were planned, designed by, and/or influenced by women.

The event is free for all registered conference attendees. On Monday, November 14, we will meet at 7:00 am at the Host Chapter Booth at the Moscone Center and return to the Moscone Center by 8:30 am. The walk will include a few stops and a refreshment break.

We will be using Zoom during the walk so that all attendees can hear the speakers, so please bring your phone and a set of earbuds/headphones to listen in. The Zoom access information will be available in the conference mobile app closer to the event.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket! And of course, please remember to follow all traffic laws during the walk.

WILA Walk Organizers:

WILA Walk Speakers:

  • Julia Gutierrez
  • Cheryl Barton, FASLA
  • Jamie Phillips, ASLA
  • Lisa Daye, ASLA
  • Carrie Rybczynski, ASLA
  • Zoee Astrachan, ASLA
  • Meghen Quinn, ASLA
  • Robin Carmichael, ASLA
  • Mary Sager McFadden, ASLA
Yerba Buena District / image: Julio Duffoo

WILA Walk Stops:

In addition to the locations covered on the walk, the organizers have also shared information on additional sites of interest you may want to visit another time, at your leisure. While it was impossible to plan a 90-minute outing that got to all of these places, all are welcome to explore the webpage to learn more about these San Francisco projects.

Attendees at a past WILA Walk / image: EPNAC

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