LA Guest Lecture: Nina-Marie Lister - "Building Biophilic Cities: Scaling Up Green Infrastructure"

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University of Guelph - Landscape Architecture Guest Lecture Series presents:

Nina-Marie Lister, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University / Ecological Design Lab

"Building Biophilic Cities:  Scaling Up Green Infrastructure"

Nina-Marie Lister is Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor in the School of Urban + Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto. From 2010-2014, she was the Visiting Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture + Urban Planning at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. A Registered Professional Planner (MCIP, RPP) trained in ecology, environmental science and landscape planning, she is the founding principal of PLANDFORM, a creative studio practice working at the nexus of landscape, ecology, and urbanism. Prof. Lister’s research, teaching and practice centre on the  confluence of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within contemporary metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on resilience and adaptive systems design. At Ryerson University, Lister founded and directs the Ecological Design Lab, a collaborative innovation incubator for ecological design research and practice. She is a member of the Ryerson Urban Water Centre where she contributes work on flood-friendly design through green and blue infrastructure for resilience.

She is co-editor of Projective Ecologies (with Chris Reed, Harvard and ACTAR Press, 2014, 2020) and The Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability (with David Waltner-Toews and the late James Kay, Columbia University Press, 2008), and author of more than 50 professional practice and scholarly publications. These include notable contributions to Design With Nature Now (Lincoln Land Institute 2019), Nature & Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Planning & Design (Lincoln 2016), Is Landscape…Essays on the Identity of Landscape (Routledge 2016), Ecological Urbanism (Harvard GSD with Lars Müller Publishers 2010), and Large Parks (Princeton Architectural Press 2008, winner of the J.B. Jackson Book Prize). She was Guest Editor of the Journal of Ecological Restoration for a special issue on landscape infrastructure and is a contributor to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment to a special issue on climate change for the 100th anniversary of the Ecological Society of America.

In the community, Lister currently serves as a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design R view Panel, as Chair of the SSHRC Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship Committee, as an advisor to the Biophilic Cities Network, and as jury member for the inaugural On the Brinck Book Award and Lecture Program at the University of New Mexico. In recognition of her international leadership in ecological design, Lister was awarded Honourary Membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects. She was recently named an “Inspired Educator” by the Canadian Green Building Council’s excellence and leadership awards, and in 2017, Lister was nominated among Planetizen’s Most Influential Urbanists.

Full shot of Nina-Marie ListerImage:  Nina-Marie Lister

Lecture kindly supported by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

All welcome to attend.  If you are interested in joining, please email Shayla Spalding, student guest lecture assistant.

Contact:  Landscape Architecture Guest Lecture Coordinator:  Nadia Amoroso, Assistant Professor.

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