Shaping Environments Lecture Series
3 sessions 
Arts District Location

11.9.17
Pamela Burton, Principal and President, Pamela Burton & Company
Robin Carmichael, LEED AP
Scott Neiman, LEED AP

Pamela Burton emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach in the work of her company, bringing together plant materials, art and architecture. She holds a Masters’ in Architecture from UCLA.

11.16.17
Mike Tramutola, Landscape Architect and Senior Designer, SALT Landscape Architects

Over his career with Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles and Hargreaves Associates in San Francisco, Mike has completed projects at a wide range of scales from urban to domestic, winning awards in Design, Innovation and Sustainability. In service of clients such as the General Services Administration, California Institute of Technology, Woodbury University, Stanford University, and NBCUniversal, Mike has developed detail design, written development guidelines, and overseen the construction of streestcapes, plazas, courtyards, playgrounds, and parks. Born in the Central Valley and raised in the Bay, Mike is fascinated by California, our own particular seasons, geography, peoples, food and plants. Mike is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Virginia, and has been a visiting design critic at USC, Woodbury, and California College of the Arts and serves as a mentor to design graduates and high school students.

12.7.17
Nate Cormier, Principal Landscape Architect, Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Nate Cormier is a Principal Landscape Architect with Rios Clementi Hale Studios (RCH Studios). His interest in landscape design as a form of storytelling drew him to Los Angeles after two decades of practice in Seattle and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. RCH Studios is a multi-disciplinary design house with an adventurous portfolio ranging from parks, theaters and adaptive reuse to tableware, surfboards and a new clothing line. Metropolis Magazine called the new RCH Studios monograph, Not Neutral: For Every Place Its Story, “pages and pages of pure LA.” Nate will share recent work, including downtown parks for Seattle, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. He will explore the role of storytelling in the collective design process and imagination as a catalyst for authentic urban life. Los Angeles offers a rich backdrop for this exploration. Alternately cast by speculators and boosters as an Arcadia (found paradise) or as a Utopia (made paradise), LA’s truth is often stranger than fiction. Despite its stubborn cultural clashes and apocalyptic environmental challenges, Nate finds optimism in LA’s inventiveness and hopes it can offer a model of resilience for megacities in an uncertain world.