Stuckeman School Exhibition: "Community in Landscapes" by Jean Yang

Date & Time: March 13, 2024 from 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

Event Sponsors: Landscape Architecture, Stuckeman School, Lectures

Location: Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space & Zoom

Location Link: map.psu.edu…


Jean Yang, landscape designer, urban planner, and educator, joins the Stuckeman School's Lecture + Exhibit Series for a Department of Landscape Architecture Bracken Lecture.

Titled “Community in Landscapes,” Yang’s talk will discuss how humans create their built environment and how it, in turn, shapes them.

“Grounded in a community-led process, my work seeks to address inequity and climate change by examining how we use, modify and re-think our public spaces,” Yang said.

By explaining her work on projects such as the Los Angeles County Parks Strategic Plan, the Our County sustainability plan, SoFi stadium, Destination Crenshaw and the Upper Los Angeles River Plan, her lecture will discuss how open space can bring attention, funding and green havens to neglected communities.

Yang is currently an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She has worked as a senior associate at Studio-MLA and has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the University of Oregon as a Spatial Justice Fellow.

Yang’s work focuses on design-driven, equity-focused and benefits-based landscapes. She has analyzed, designed and fought for public space in historically-challenged areas. Her projects include Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3-mile open-air museum dedicated to preserving the history and culture of African Americans; the Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries plan, which will provide new and enhanced open spaces to over 1 million people; and the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan, which aligns one of the largest landowners in Los Angeles with the fight for justice and equity.

Yang received the Azure Award for Urban Design Vision, the Southern California American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Merit Award and the National ASLA Honor Award. She has a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA, a master of landscape architecture degree from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Cornell University.

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