Organizing Partners

The Superstudio is a joint initiative by the Landscape Architecture Foundation in association with The Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, The McHarg Center, ASLA, and CELA.

The Landscape Architecture Foundation

The mission of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment. Through its leadership and philanthropic activities, LAF advances the body of knowledge and supports innovative projects and initiatives needed not only for the landscape architecture discipline but for the many other individuals and organizations who share LAF’s mission and are critical to its success. LAF invests in research, scholarships, and leadership initiatives to increase the capacity of the landscape architecture discipline.

Barbara Deutsch, FASLA

CEO, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Megan Barnes

Program Manager, Landscape Architecture Foundation

Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes

The Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL) at Columbia University uses planning and design to help communities and ecosystems adapt to the pressures of urbanization, inequality, and climate uncertainty. CRCL works with public, nonprofit, and academic partners to deliver practical and forward-thinking technical assistance that advances project implementation through interdisciplinary research, visualization of risk, project design scenarios, and facilitated convenings. CRCL integrates resilience thinking into design education and academic programming, bringing real-world challenges into the classroom to train future design leaders.

Kate Orff, FASLA

Faculty Director, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes; Associate Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Director, Urban Design Program; Columbia University

Founding Principal, SCAPE

LAF Board of Directors

Thaddeus Pawlowski

Director, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes

Research Scholar; Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University

The McHarg Center

In the spirit of Ian McHarg’s renowned philosophy for “Designing with Nature”, The Mcharg Center’s mission is to build on the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s position as a global leader in urban ecological design by bringing environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policy-makers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.



Richard Weller

Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism, Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design

Co-Director, Ian L. McHarg Center

LAF Board of Directors, Emeritus

Billy Fleming

Wilks Family Director, Ian L. McHarg Center, University of Pennsylvania

LAF Olmsted Scholar, 2011

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the professional association for landscape architects in the United States, representing more than 15,000 members. The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly-accessible sustainable design resources.



Roxanne Blackwell

Co-Interim Executive Vice President / CEO; Director, Federal Government Affairs, American Society of Landscape Architects

Kristopher Pritchard

Director, Accreditation and Education, American Society of Landscape Architects

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)

The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture is composed of virtually all the programs of higher learning in landscape architecture in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There also are individual and institutional members from many other parts of the world who belong to the CELA family. All members of the faculties from these institutions are invited to participate in CELA as are others who possess an interest in the academic practice of landscape architecture. The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture can trace its beginnings to 1920 and for more than ninety years it has been concerned with the content and quality of professional education in landscape architecture. CELA publishes the highest quality research conducted in the profession through its refereed publication, Landscape Journal.

Sadik Artunc, FASLA

Professor and Department Head, Mississippi State University

President, CELA

Sarah Gillian

Executive Director, CELA