Lost in Translation: The Rewards and Travails of International Practice- Thur, Feb. 21

ASLA-NCC Presents the 2013 Lecture Series

Beijing France 

As the US economy struggles to reassert itself, American landscape architects have pursued international design commissions on a record scale. Through the use of case studies and cultural anecdotes, this presentation will explore the cumbersome yet rewarding (and sometimes humorous) work that several Bay Area firms are doing internationally. Topics will include design and planning opportunities, marketing, design process, and quality control of the built landscape.


David Meyer, ASLA.

In his 30-year career as a licensed landscape architect, David has directed the design and execution of many prestigious, award-winning projects throughout the world. Before co-founding Meyer + Silberberg – Land Architects in 2001 with Ramsey Silberberg, David was a partner at Peter Walker and Partners and co-founded the partnership of Schwartz Smith Meyer Landscape Architects with Martha Schwartz and Ken Smith. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and on the peer review board for the GSA, David is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley.

Rene Bihan, ASLA

René Bihan is the Managing Principal of SWA Group’s San Francisco office. SWA is an international Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning firm with offices in California, Texas, and China. René is an accomplished Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Educator interested in issues of Urbanism, Landscape Design, and their symbiotic relationship to dense urban cities. René is an active member of the Bay Area’s architecture and design community, having been a Commissioner for the San Francisco Arts Commission, sitting on the Civic Design Review Panel and a member of the Better Streets Advisory Committee. He has an in-depth familiarity with construction, studio arts, and contemporary architecture. René credits this varied background with his desire to synthesize conceptual ideas with practical solutions on a wide variety of development projects around the world.

Don Vita, ASLA

Don Vita is the founder of VITA Planning and Landscape Architecture. He has been practicing landscape architecture and land planning for over twenty-five years. His experience includes large-scale planning and resort design throughout the Pacific Rim, Hawai’i, Central/South America, India and Australia; new community development in the western U.S.; urban design, city planning and waterfront assignments in New York, Hong Kong, China and the Philippines; and landscape design for private estates throughout the U. S., Singapore and Hawaii. His extensive experience in designing successful plans for large-scale luxury resorts and golf communities is complemented by his education in Travel Industry Management as well as Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.


When: Thursday, February 21th

Where: AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600 

Reception: 6:30 – 7:00 Lecture: 7:00 – 9:00

Cost: ASLA Members $10, Non-members $15, Students with i.d. Free

Register: CLICK HERE to register for the lecture.


To view past lectures on the ASLA-NCC website CLICK HERE.

 Thank you StopWaste.Org for generously sponsoring the Lecture Series.

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