College of Architecture and Planning

Guest Lectures

Jose' Alminana, FASLA, LEED AP

Creative Fitting: A Quest for Regenerative Landscapes

Mar. 17                            4:00 pm AB100


José Almiñana is a principal at Andropogon Associates, a landscape architecture firm known both nationally and internationally for its sustainable development approach. Trained as both a landscape architect and architect, his collaborative work endeavors to achieve the highest possible performance with available resources. Since 1983 José has been instrumental in many of the firm’s complex site development projects, striving to create sensitive, ecological designs that respond directly to site conditions and incorporate innovative sustainable and regenerative design technologies. Many of the ecologically responsible approaches that he and his colleagues at Andropogon initially pioneered -- from landscape-integrated stormwater management systems to restoration of native plant communities and habitats -- are now commonly accepted practices. 

As a member of the initial Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) Steering Committee, José served on the SITES™ Technical Core Committee for the SITES™ Pilot Project Phase and received the ASLA President's Medal in 2010. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design Executive Education Summer Program, and at Philadelphia and Drexel Universities. José currently serves on The City of Philadelphia Art Commission as an appointed Commissioner.


John Russell           Design Process: Thinking in the Box, Before Thinking Out of the Box

Mar. 24                            4:00 pm    AB100                 

Professor Russell’s lecture will focus on the continuing need for students, instructors and practitioners, alike, to reassess how they understand and apply Design Process. By recognizing the enormous value  gained through the full application of Design Process, students, instructors and practitioners, will find deeper meaning and greater satisfaction from the results of their endeavors. In turn, these same results will generate a new level of inspiration and completed projects that respond, more fully, to the needs and desires of the client and to the critical environmental and contextual demands of a given site. John Russell is an emeritus professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture.  

If you plan to watch Professor Russell’s lecture via webcast and would like to receive continuing education credit from the American Society of Landscape Architects, please contact Lori Pence at or (765) 285-5879, no later than Mar. 23 to make those arrangements. 

                                    Susan Fainstein            The Argument for Just Outcomes

Apr. 7                              4:00 pm   AB100 





Susan S. Fainstein is a fellow in the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she had been a professor of urban planning until 2012. She received the Davidoff Book Award for her book The Just City and the Distinguished Educator Award, which recognizes lifetime career achievement, from the Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning. Among her other books are The City Builders; Restructuring the City; and Urban Political Movements and edited volumes on urban tourism, planning theory, urban theory, and gender. She has authored more than 100 book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. She has been a professor of at Columbia and Rutgers universities, held visiting appointments at universities in North America, Europe, and Asia, served on numerous editorial boards, was an editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research and of Ethnic and Racial Studies, and has consulted to various public organizations.



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