Saturday, Apr 13, 2024

Rising Urbanists: A Seat at the Table

Rising Urbanists: A Seat at the Table


Saturday, Apr 13, 2024

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
141 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031


The City College ASLA-NY Student Chapter is hosting its 7th annual Rising Urbanist conference on Saturday, April 13. The conference will be FREE for all participants to attend, in keeping with this year’s theme: “A Seat at the Table.”

In the 2024 installment of Rising Urbanists, we will open conversation with individuals from the fields of landscape architecture, anthropology, community development, restoration, preservation, land management, building architecture, and urban design to discuss the necessity of interdisciplinary involvement in the design process in New York City and beyond. We will emphasize the multiple ways in which we can engage with spatial justice and inclusivity.

Registration required here:




Coffee and Registration | 9:30

Opening Remarks | 9:50

Marta Gutman

Dean, Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY

Panel: Community Driven Development | 10:00–11:15

Ehi Uwa, The Community Preservation Corporation

Andrea Parker, Director, Gowanus Canal Conservancy; Adjunct Lecturer, Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY

lfeoma Ebo, Assistant Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY

Moderator: Nada Gatalo MLA ’25, CCNY

Presentation: Bridging the Gap | 11:30–12:20

How Engineers and Landscape Architects Collaborate to Build Beautiful Infrastructure

Gentry Lock, Stantec

Keynote: Why Public Space Matters | 1:20–2:20

Setha Low

Distinguished Professor, Psychology, Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate Center, CUNY

Panel: Stewarding Public Space: Case Studies in Practice | 2:30–3:45

Jason Smith, Director, Northern Manhattan Parks, New York Restoration Project

Gabriel Cummings, Trails Technical Manager, Natural Areas Conservancy

Georgia Faulkner, Senior Director of Partnerships Programming and Public Space, The Hort

Samuel Bishop, Director of Education and Arborist, Trees New York

Moderator: Matt Garczynski MLA ’23, CCNY; NYC Parks, Natural Resources Group

Presentation: Planning with Perspective: What Nature Are We Designing For? | 4:00–5:00

Denise Hoffman Brandt, Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY

Michael King, Lecturer, Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY

Happy Hour | 5:30-8:00pm

The Inn by FUMO, 3508 Broadway

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We look forward to seeing you there!

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