This past month the 2013 GeoDesign Summit at ESRI headquarters in Redlands, CA featured two UA professors from the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture; Dr. Ryan Perkl and Dr. Iris Patten.

Professor Perkl was invited back as a featured guest this year after gaining notoriety in 2012 for presenting one of the “Best Lightning Talks.” Professor Perkl’s presentation focused on work being conducted for Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) to identify crucial areas for wildlife conservation by measuring landscape integrity through a uniquely devised hybrid landscape modeling approach. This work aims to support AGFD’s vision of an interconnected landscape by identifying the crucial connections among and between Arizona’s natural areas.

Professor Iris Patten won the “Favorite Lightning Talk” in the applications topic this year. She presented work being done on the Tohono O’odham Nation using the land use conflict identification strategy (LUCIS). Given the complexities of modeling in a tribal environment, this presentation illustrated how data driven design can work even in the most sensitive of environments and facilitate decision-making.

Thank you for your hard work here in the college and community at large.




Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 8:30am