Charlottesville, Virginia: 38.0293° N, 78.4767° W 

An independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Home to the University of Virginia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Gateway to the Shenandoah National Park. 

Named after the British Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. 

Originally occupied by a Monacan village called Monasukapanough. 

In August 2017, the site of the “Unite the Right” rally, in protest against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park. 

Colloquially known as C-ville.

The event does not seek answers, only ideas. Charlottesville is many things and we seek to draw strength from varied perspectives and approaches. We want to address the challenge of designing public space in this climate, not just with words but with landscape materials, form and space. Landscape Perspectives for Future Publics hosts a panel of invited landscape architects and academics to present their ‘visions’ for Charlottesville. These proposals may be hopeful, bleak, abstract, real, or somewhere in-between. A discussion will follow challenging what it means for the practice and praxis of landscape architecture to be more inclusive, representative and equitable.

Invited Presenters + Panelists:

Kofi Boone, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, NC State College of Design

Kofi Boone focuses on the changing nature of communities, and developing tools for enhanced community engagement and design. He works in the landscape context of environmental justice, using new media as a means of increasing community input in design and planning processes.

Alexa Bush, Senior City Planner and Landscape Architect, City of Detroit

Alexa Bush is the City of Detroit’s first landscape architect in the Planning & Development Department and is the Design Director for the East Region. She earned her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at UVA.

Garnette Cadogan, Writer, MLK Visiting Scholar, MIT Urban Planning

Garnette Cadogan is an essayist whose research explores the promise and perils of urban life, the vitality and inequality of cities, and the challenges of pluralism. He is a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar (2017-2018) at DUSP at MIT, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. 

Azzurra Cox, Designer, GGN

Azzurra Cox is currently a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. She brings a range of professional experiences in the worlds of education and policy reform, publishing, and curation. She holds an MLA from Harvard GSD. She was named the 2016 National Olmsted Scholar and is pursuing ongoing research on landscapes of memory in St. Louis. 

Frank Dukes, Lecturer & Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, UVA

Frank Dukes is a mediator and facilitator who directed the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia, from 2000-2015. He has facilitated numerous collaborative change processes, many involving communities recovering from environmental and other harms.

Walter Hood, Creative Director and Founder, Hood Design Studio 

Walter Hood is the Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA. He is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and lectures on professional and theoretical projects nationally and internationally. Hood Design Studio is tripartite practice, working across art + fabrication, design + landscape, and research + urbanism. 

Amber Wiley, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Skidmore College

Amber Wiley is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Associate Director of Intergroup Relations at Skidmore College. Her research interests are centered on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities - architecture as a literal and figural structure of power. Amber received her Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University, and a Master’s in Architectural History and Certificate in Historic Preservation from UVA.

Sara Zewde, Landscape Designer, Urbanist, and Public Artist

Sara Zewde was most recently a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Sara writes and lectures in the discourses of landscape architecture and urbanism and was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar. She holds an MLA from Harvard GSD and a Master of City Planning from MIT.

Moderated by: 

Elgin Cleckley, Assistant Professor, UVA School of Architecture

Elgin Cleckley is an assistant professor of architecture and design thinking at UVA. Elgin teaches Design Thinking Studios with appointment in the Curry School of Education and the School of Nursing. Elgin holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, and a master’s of architecture from Princeton University. 

This panel is presented in coordination with the Benjamin C. Howland Lecture, by Walter Hood, on April 19, at 5:30pm in Campbell Hall 153. 


This panel is hosted by SALAD and the Howland Panel Committee.