2003 Speakers and Panelists
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Morro Bay, CA.
|Ms. O'Hara is a landscape
architect and landscape historian with experience in design and
historic preservation. Her educational background includes a BA
from Stanford University in English and Art History, with an MA
in Landscape Architecture from University of Washington where
she won the 2002 National Student ASLA Award. In 2002 she also
received the Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History
to fund her main area of scholarship: that of the Olmsted Brothers'
work in Southern California resulting in the Masters thesis, "Balboa
Park and Palos Verdes Estates: A Critical Evaluation of the Olmsted
Brothers' Western Design Model."
An ardent landscape preservation advocate, she has written city
landmark nominations for historic landscapes including the Olmsted
Brothers' Leimert Park, in Los Angeles, California, as well as
the National Register nomination for Seattle's Gas Works Park.
Additionally, she wrote the publicly available brochure "ADA
Compliance on Historic Structures and Properties" for the
State Office of Historic Preservation in Sacramento, and consults
as a landscape historian at Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach,
California developing a restoration plan for their 1930s Native
Plant garden. An award-winning landscape designer, she has completed
over 200 residential projects. She has taught landscape design
and history at the university level, and published articles on
stormwater detention and land-use planning. Married with four
children, she lives and works in Morro Bay, California.
|Professor Of American
Univesity of Maryland, Baltimore County
| Dr. Orser's
teaching and research focus on urban and community studies, particularly
in the Baltimore area. He is the author of a book on massive racial
change on the city's west side, Blockbusting in Baltimore:
The Edmondson Village Story (1904).
Dr. Orser has also conducted extensive research on the Olmsted
Brothers-conceived Gwynns Falls Stream Valley Park, serving as
urban historian for the master plan for the Gwynns Falls Trail
and contributing to a recent driving tour on West Baltimore's
Olmsted parks published by the Maryland Friends of Olmsted Landscapes
Boardmember, Seattle Parks Foundation
directs the sale of residential land to home builders, oversees
specific on-site development projects, manages the phased build-out
of the project, and is responsible for the creation and operation
of the owners association at Quadrant's mixed-use master planned
community Redmond Ridge. He is also now managing the project's
commercial business park and retail site for development and
Mr. Orser joined Quadrant five years ago when he moved from
Washington D.C. where he had been working with CB Commercial
on sales of commercial real estate assets. He chairs the Friends
of Madrona Playfield which has been responsible for raising
more than $600,000 for improvements to the park from donations
from the neighborhood, and grants from organizations and corporations
and Seattle's Neighborhood Matching Fund. Recently, he joined
the Board of the Seattle Parks Foundation, a new nonprofit organization
dedicated to raising financial support for the conservation,
improvement, and expansion of Seattle's park and open space
He has a Bachelor of Arts from
Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland's
Smith Business School.
President, Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy
City of Seattle
is the Founding Executive Director of CityDesign, Seattle's office
of Urban Design founded in 1999; and is the Executive Director
of the Seattle Design Commission, the City's primary design advisory
panel for public projects and related urban design initiatives.
Prior to his tenure in Seattle, Mr. Rahaim was with the City of
Pittsburgh Department of City Planning, where he served as Associate
Director in charge of development review and the rewrite of the
Mr. Rahaim received a Bachelor
of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan,
and a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Rahaim's career path
in urban design has been a reaction to that circumstance. He
currently sits on the board of Consolidated Works, a contemporary
arts center, and the editorial committee of Arcade Magazine.
University of Washington
Urban and Regional Planner
Richard Ross is an urban and regional
planner with 25 years of experience leading transportation, land,
use, economic development and revitalization plans in the Portland
region and Oregon.
Mr. Ross has 25 years of experience
in leading urban and regional planning in the Northwest. Between
1981-2002 Richard Ross managed all aspects of community planning
for the City of Gresham, Oregon's fourth largest city and Portland's
eastern neighbor. In that period Richard has lead planning,
development, and improvement of the Eastside light rail system
and Gresham's nine station areas. His work has focused on coordinated
community plans for transportation and land use, housing, economic
development, urban renewal, cultural resources, parks and open
Between 1986-2002 Mr. Ross represented
Gresham and adjacent cities on the region's transportation and
growth management technical and policy committees, as well as
numerous State land use and transportation policy committees.
In 2003, Richard has served as interim project manager for Springwater,
Gresham's new 1300-acre industrial community.
Mr. Ross holds a Master of Urban
Planning from Portland State University, Master of Arts in Teaching
from Reed College, and a BA in History from Middlebury College,
Vt. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Mr. Ross has been a leader of community,
historic, and urban forestry groups. Richard is President of
the Oregon Paleo Lands Institute, which is developing a geology
& natural history learning center in the John Day Fossil
Beds region. Richard is a past member of Portland's Urban Forestry
Commission, and past president of Save Our Elms, Oregon's first
elm inoculation and replanting project. For the Historic Preservation
League of Oregon, Richard led citizen efforts to restore the
Historic Columbia River Highway, as a 74-mile long linear park
and state trail. Since 1976 Richard and his family have lived
in Oregon's earliest planned community, Ladd's Addition in inner
city Portland. His hobbies include wilderness treks, gardening,
and home improvement and riparian restoration.
| Assistant Professor,
University of Washington