Landscape Architecture student and alum earn two national selections for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference in San Francisco


Landscape Architecture graduate student, Simone Stark, and alumnae Aurora Alcaide Ortiz and Patricia Matamoros have been nationally selected to present their “Game-Changer” presentations at the annual American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Conference in San Francisco slated to take place November 11-14, 2022. The Game Changer presentation is a call for ideas that can change the field of landscape architecture and drive innovation.

Simone Stark, 2023 Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) candidate, submitted her presentation titled, “ Silhouscapes – A Digital Visualization of Local Ecologies through the Artform of a Silhouette.” It intends to be used as a digital educational tool that utilizes the visual art of silhouette as a core technique in plant species recognition and landscape design visualization. Stark’s presentation is meant to provide a positive impact on environmental sustainability and adaptability.

Alumna Aurora Alcaide Ortiz ’19 earned her MLA from FIU and her presentation is titled, “Designing Past a 100 Year Planning Horizon, Now.” The project focuses on advocating and persuading stakeholders to begin designing past the 100-year planning horizon, taking into account the effects of climate change in any region.

Both presentations along with alumna presenter Patricia Matamoros’ project in 2021 titled, “ A Streetscape Adaptation Strategy Using Permeable Pavers” mark a record for the number of FIU CARTA students being selected since the Game Changer Program began.

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