Design Technology’s Role in Environmental Stewardship

As a landscape designer, you’re likely looking for new ways to integrate sustainable objectives into your site design workflow. These objectives can stem from a conscientious client, a jurisdictional mandate, or a desire to create a positive environmental impact beyond each project site.

Fortunately, technology is more capable than ever to support your sustainability objectives. This presentation will showcase various firms’ successes found in using their design software and other technology integrations to achieve their goals for environmental stewardship. It will also explore opportunities where technology can continue to develop for better landscape performance.

Learning Objectives:

Consider existing standards (BREEAM, LEED, SITES, and MWELO) as examples in recognized objectives for environmental protective and sustainable site design, installation, and maintenance.

Understand existing successes found with design and BIM technology in meeting and exceeding sustainable objectives.

Discover sustainable opportunities for design technology and the role it plays in future compliance with sustainable standards attempting to counter climate change.


Katarina Ollikainen
Product Planner, Landscape – Vectorworks, Inc.

Katarina is the Landmark Product Planner at Vectorworks and in her role, on top of playing Vectorworks, she’s pursuing the work on improving the connectivity between environmental design and BIM implementation for the software. The main focus is on collaboration and workflows – how can we support the focus on sustainability from the beginning? How can we exchange information in the most effective way with all parties involved, and how can we use all this when we communicate with clients? 

Katarina previously worked as Senior Designer for Ann-Marie Powell Studio.During this time, she had the opportunity to develop the studios workflow and to introduce new ways of working with, and sharing, data in the design process. Her interest in systematic approaches to problems and workflows stems from an earlier life where she developed and wrote manuals for parachute equipment.

Eric Gilbey, PLA
Product Marketing Manager, Landscape – Vectorworks, Inc.

Eric Gilbey, PLA uses his professional experience as a practicing landscape architect and his experience in CAD and BIM in his role as product marketing manager for the landscape industries at Vectorworks, Inc., where he continues to develop an understanding of design and visualization workflows used by land planning and site design professionals. He currently serves as president of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and recently served as co-chair of ASLA’s Digital Technology Professional Practice Network. Eric writes and speaks for several green industry associations and helps landscape architects and designers develop best practices, including sustainable site design and site-specific BIM. Eric received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Landscape Contracting and Construction and a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from the Ohio State University.


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