Summit Speaker: Gina Ford
June 10, 2016
Principal and Chair of Urban Studio, Sasaki Associates
Gina is a Principal, Landscape Architect and Chair of Sasaki’s Urban Studio — an energized and interdisciplinary group of practitioners solely dedicated to the improvement of quality of life in American cities through rigorous planning, exceptional design and strong community partnerships.
Gina’s work encompasses a wide range of scales and project types — from public parks and plazas to large scale landscape planning and waterfront projects. She brings to each project a passion for the process of making vibrant landscape spaces — from the conceptual design to the details of implementation — with a particular focus on the life and use of urban, public environments. Her work in this realm includes the Flood Recovery Planning for Cedar Rapids, the Council Bluffs Riverfront, and the Chicago Riverwalk.
Gina’s experience is additionally informed by extensive research, writing, travel, teaching and competitions. Her teaching includes guest critic and studio instructor roles at the Harvard Design School, MIT, RISD and the University of Nebraska. With degrees in Architecture from Wellesley College and Landscape Architecture from Harvard, she was the recipient of Wellesley’s Shaw Fellowship, the Janet Darling Webel Prize, the Charles Eliot Travelling Fellowship and the Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.