Laura Hansplant, a landscape architect specializing in sustainable design and planning, will give a talk at noon Feb. 15, in 101 Stuckeman Family Building on the University Park campus of Penn State. The lecture is supported by the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Titled “Sustainable Sites for Living Buildings,” Hansplant’s talk will present a holistic approach to sustainable site design, within the context of the new Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) green rating system. Using three SITES pilot projects as case studies, Hansplant will illustrate sustainable design strategies, including the integration of building systems and landscape infrastructure into a mutually beneficial whole.
Hansplant is deeply committed to the ecological and cultural integrity of the places in which she works. She brings a background in ecology, urban design, and natural resource management to help people develop long-term, sustainable designs that are healthy, functional, socially relevant, and that showcase the inherent beauty of their place.
She has applied her blend of skills to master planning, site design, and construction projects for campus landscapes, corporate developments, urban streetscapes, and community parks throughout the eastern United States. To each, she brings an enjoyment of collaboration and strategic planning, as well as the application of research theory to design problems. Building upon her master’s degree in landscape architecture from Penn State, and fifteen years experience as an associate at Andropogon Associates, she is now an independent landscape architect and sustainable design consultant.
The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices.
Penn State’s H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture is a leader in professional design education comprised of an interdisciplinary confederation of strong design disciplines: Architecture, Design, and Landscape Architecture.