Hope intends to facilitate, through design and research, the retrofits of urban fabrics into interconnected systems of ecosystem-service-providers that double as spatial anchors to facilitate environmental adaptation. Such planning and design interventions also seek to help improve environmental and public health, promote environmental justice, engender socioeconomic benefits, and enhance the capacities of cities, communities, and individuals to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of sea level rise, flooding, and drought. Hope’s previous training in environmental design, civil engineering, social sciences, environmental psychology, and neuroscience led to the placement of aesthetics and perception at the core of her inquiry for possible ways to mainstream salmon-friendly water urbanism for public acceptance. Hope’s previous training in environmental design, civil engineering, social science, environmental psychology, and neuroscience led to the placement of aesthetics and perception at the core of her inquiry for possible ways to mainstream salmon-friendly water urbanism for public acceptance.
Hope leads the Adaptive Water Urbanism Initiative, which is an integrated program of teaching, research, and outreach to combine her own research with various WSU water research units into a service-learning curriculum. This integrated curriculum strives to empower students to engage, through participatory planning and design activities, agency representatives, experts, community members, and other stakeholders in a democratic process to help address the most pressing water-related issues in the most disadvantaged communities using the most cutting-edge research findings. At Washington State University during the 2016-17 academic year, Hope is teaching Landscape Architectural Design Studios IV and V in Seattle and San Francisco, Rainworks Challenge, Landscape Architectural Field Experience, and Site Engineering and Stormwater Management (Landscape Architectural Construction I). Previously, she taught Water Urbanism Seminar, Waterfront Design Elective, Stormwater Management, and Professional Practice at Penn State University. Her teaching experience also includes Landscape Architectural and Urban Design Terminal Studios and Transformative Design Elective at the University of Oregon, as well as Site Planning and Engineering and Landscape Ecology Design Studio at the University of Michigan.
Hope is a licensed landscape architect in Washington and Oregon. Since 2000, she has practiced as an award-winning landscape architect and public artist. Hope also has been a finalist and winner for several international and national design competitions. Before returning to academia, she served as a partner in northern Oregon for a global water design company headquartered in Germany. Prior to providing design leadership for the Manhattan-based landscape architecture and urban design studio of one of the largest international architecture and planning practices, she was a project lead designer and manager for the east coast headquarters of one of the largest global landscape architecture and environmental planning companies in metropolitan Washington D.C. Over the last 16 years, Hope has been involved with the design of outdoor light and water installations in mixed-use developments in South Korea and India, as well as several award-winning domestic landscape architecture and public art projects. Her diverse portfolio encompasses public parks and plazas, children’s outdoor spaces, healthcare gardens, zoos, wildlife habitats, constructed wetlands, and waterscapes in addition to academic and corporate campus planning and design. These projects received many awards, including three from the Society of Landscape Architects and four from the American Institute of Architects. Most recently, Hope served as a Co-Chair for the ASLA Water Conservation Professional Practice Networks. She has been invited by federal agencies and municipalities from around the world to be a competition judge and an expert reviewer for design proposals and water-related projects.
The Adaptive Water Ubranism Initiative currently seeks a graduate student to conduct joint research with the Washington Stormwater Center for this summer and fall. More information about the Adaptive Water Urbanism Initiative can be found on www.waterurbanism.net
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