H.W.S Cleveland Visting Guest Critic Program
The purpose of the H.W.S. Cleveland endowed chair fund is to attract leading landscape designers and educators who will, not only enrich the curriculum for students and faculty, but ensure the continued prominence and leadership of the UMN Landscape Architecture program within the local and national landscape community.
To foster our commitment to inclusivity, the H.W.S. Cleveland Visiting Guest Critic program invites women, indigenous landscape architecture professionals and landscape architects of color to attend graduate studio reviews as visiting critics. This offers students from the dominant group the chance to learn from the perspective and experiences of professionals historically underrepresented in the field and further enhances our diverse students’ experiences by providing access to diverse professionals in the classroom. This is critical in our pursuit of a fully inclusive community, to create culturally and socially responsive future landscape architects, and in building and maintaining a pipeline for the nation’s pool of indigenous landscape architects and landscape architects of color.
H.W.S Cleveland Visting Guest Critic Bios | Spring 2018
ALPA NAWRE | ASSISTANT PROFESSOR + PARTNER
Alpa Nawre is Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Florida, College of Design, Construction and Planning and Partner at her design practice, Alpa Nawre Design. Issues pertinent to the design of urban water infrastructure, and resource challenges in the context of rapidly urbanizing developing countries inform her research, teaching and practice. Her writings have been published as books chapters and in journals such as Landscape Journal, Journal of Landscape Architecture, India and JoLA.
Her current research focuses on the land-water edges of ponds (or talaab in Hindi), rivers (ghat) and canals in India. The multifunctional use and adaptability of these culturally embedded landscape systems builds a compelling argument for rethinking the design of rigid, mono-functional and culturally disconnected contemporary urban water infrastructure throughout the world. She is the recipient of the inaugural Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC.
Alpa holds a post-professional Masters degree in Urban Design from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor in Architecture from NIT, Raipur, India. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) and on the Alumni Advisory Board of Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, LSU. Alpa is a licensed landscape architect in Kansas, a licensed architect in India, and a LEED AP, and has worked internationally in design offices in India, USA, UAE and Switzerland.
CHARLES CROSS | DIRECTOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
Charles Cross, ASLA, is the Director of Landscape Architecture at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center; as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. His work encompasses a wide range of park, green infrastructure and community design projects that incorporate civic engagement and participatory design. Embracing the principles of social justice and sustainability, Charles maintains a firm belief that underserved communities deserve good design, and therefore should be the patrons powering a collaborative process-not just the consumers of the end product. He is the recipient of the 2018 Fulbright-Hays Award.
JAMIE VANUCCHI | ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Jamie is an assistant professor in landscape architecture at Cornell University. Her work explores the merger of design and science. She is interested in "strong" sites that push back at the designer via constructive/destructive processes and disturbance regimes, immersion in the material and fieldwork intensive design processes. Her current research develops a "thick description" of the Susquehanna Watershed through the study of fracking, hydropower, and flood-prone communities.
MAYUR MEHTA | LANDSCAPE PROJECT MANAGER
Mayur Mehta is a landscape project manager at Snøhetta in New York. He has worked on several large scale public space projects including the Reconstruction of Times Square, the campus landscape for the Museo de Ciencias Ambientales at the University of Guadalajara, the design for the new campus quad at San Mateo Community College in San Bruno, CA and Plaza Euskadi in Bilbao. He is a regular guest critic at design schools on the east coast including University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University and Columbia University. Through his work he is interested in developing design solutions that synthesize the performative and experiential qualities of landscape design – he believes that robust, functional design and meaningful experiences are not mutually exclusive. Mayur received his Master of Architecture from Yale University in 2006 and is a licensed architect in New York state.
QING LUO | ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Qing Lana Luo is a Landscape Architecture faculty member at Oklahoma State University. Before joining the academic position, she had been practicing landscape architectural design in leadership roles in international design firms for seventeen years in Boston, MA and Beijing, China. She has worked for prestigious international firms including EDSA, CRJA and TurenScape. She has designed a wide range of outdoor environment, including urban parks, plazas, streetscapes, residential landscapes, historic restoration, etc. Her projects are located broadly in the world including the US, South America, Middle East, Europe, and China. Qing’s work has been recognized with many international, national, and regional awards.
TAO ZHANG | PLA, LEED AP ND, SITES AP
Trained as an ecologist and landscape architect, Tao is active in the arena of ecological design, striving to bridge the gap between practice and science. As well as being mindful and invested in creative expression, he seeks inspiration from science and always roots his design in deep understanding of the project’s socio-ecological system. He believes in designed spaces that are holistic in both aesthetics and functionality. Tao is an integral part of Sasaki's strong international presence and has led and contributed to a number of award winning projects.
Tao is a strong advocate for critical thinking and independent research to invigorate the profession. He has led research initiatives and collaborated with academic institutes on topics including post-occupancy metrics and environmental health.
Tao has published in peer-reviewed journals and speaks frequently at conferences around the world. Besides practice, he has taught landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and has been a visiting studio critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT, Northeastern University and Boston Architectural College. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems from University of Michigan, and degrees in Landscape Ecology and Nature Resources from Fudan University in Shanghai.
VICTOR CZULAK | DESIGNER
H.W.S Cleveland Visting Guest Critic Bios | Fall 2017
NINA CHASE | PRINCIPAL
Nina is a registered landscape architect, urban designer and founding Principal of Merritt Chase, a Pittsburgh-based landscape architecture, and urban design firm. Prior to Merritt Chase, she was Senior Project Manager at Riverlife in Pittsburgh, PA, and an Associate at Sasaki in Boston, MA. Nina has significant, award-winning experience leading innovative design projects. While at Sasaki, Nina worked on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, the Strip District Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, PA. and Sasaki's award-winning temporary pop-up park, The Lawn on D. Nina also led Sasaki's Sea Change: Boston research initiative and was a key member of Sasaki's HUD-funded Rebuild by Design team. Recently, her mobile pop-up park concept, Kit of Parks, was named a winner of the 2016 KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge.
Nina has lectured at MIT and Rhode Island School of Design, and she has served as a design critic at Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Toronto and held adjunct faculty appointments at Boston Architectural College and Northeastern University. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture. She has served as the Chair of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Emerging Professionals Committee and currently sits on the national Landscape Architecture Foundation Board. A graduate of Harvard's Graduate School of Design and West Virginia University, Nina was recently named "Landscape Architect to Watch" by Green Building & Design Magazine.
KHYATI SARAF | SENIOR STAFF DESIGNER
Khyati is trained as an architect and landscape architect with a passion for interests that lie at the intersection of media, geography, and public space. Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, she is a careful observer particularly attuned to the role of media and culture on landscape and public space dynamics.
Khyati has practiced in New York City with the New York Department of Parks and Recreation where she conducted research on storm resiliency. She is currently a project manager at Future Green Studio and leads residential, mixed-use, and public space projects of varying sizes. Her portfolio of work includes the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Whitman-Walker Health, and Admirals Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In Fall 2016, Khyati was nominated to represent Future Green Studio in the national ‘Xtreme LA Challenge - a creative design challenge for the Design Leaders of Tomorrow’ at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA.
In addition to her work at Future Green, Khyati is also a co-founder of Bil-Kul, an international design practice working at scales ranging from the domestic to the regional. Her work has been recognized and exhibited globally, including an honorable mention for the Babyn Yar Necropolis International Competition in Kiev, Ukraine and her in-residence appointment as the 2017 Metro Manila Civic Innovation Fellow in Manila, Philippines. Khyati is also a freelance writer and researcher, having written for publications such as CLOG and Metropolis Magazine.
Khyati earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Sushant School of Art and Architecture in New Delhi. She is licensed to practice architecture in India.
H.W.S Cleveland Visting Guest Critic Bios | Spring 2017
CHARLES CROSS | DIRECTOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
Charles Cross, ASLA, is the Director of Landscape Architecture at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center; as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He serves as the Faculty Advisor to the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students, and is a member of the Black Landscape Architects Network. Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Western Michigan University, a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Urban Design degree from The City College of New York. His past experience in the public sector includes the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resource and Conservation Service and the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Charles has worked in the private sector for SmithGroup-JJR (Johnson Johnson and Roy), Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architects and Artist Mary Miss.
Charles completed work on the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan and a 1.4 million dollar park in Detroit’s Denby Neighborhood that will act as catalysts for renewed investment in the community. He also has conducted research on cultural assets as they relate to the Detroit River and its role in the Underground Railroad. Last November, Charles completed work as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is part of the team receiving the American Institute of Architects Whitney M. Young Award.
With a deep commitment to social justice and public Interest design, Charles maintains a firm belief that underserved communities deserve good design, and therefore should be the patrons driving a collaborative process-not just the consumers of the end product.
MISA INOUE | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Misa Inoue is a landscape architect in Chicago, Illinois, with project experiences ranging from small courtyards to large public/corporate/university/health care campuses. She formerly held a visiting academic position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has served on design juries at the Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, and Osaka Prefecture University.
MISAKO MURATA | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Dynamic, open-ended spaces are key to Misako’s concept of urban landscape design. “I love seeing how people use their cities, how they adapt and reimagine public spaces. Because cities are so dense, spatial flexibility is very important.” She has Master's degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.