Brad Smith will be presenting “Transforming Park Ecology” at the 2024 LABash Conference in UC Davis, California on March 30th

Brad LABash Lecture

On March 30th, SDG’s Senior Landscape Architect Brad Smith will be presenting “Transforming Park Ecology: Crafting Synergies between Infrastructure, Sustainability, and Ecology in Waterloo Park” at the LABash 2024 Conference in UC Davis, California.

In this lecture, Brad will unravel the intricate journey of Waterloo Park from pre-pandemic design to post-pandemic completion, showcasing the park’s $11-million improvements and its impact on the community.  Brad’s talk will emphasize the project’s commitment to resilience and how the team ‘led with landscape’ to create a unique and inspiring public realm.  Learn how the team prioritized sustainability, ecological balance, and community needs. Key efforts included preserving mature trees, enhancing ecological spaces by addressing sediment in Silver Lake, and reshaping Laurel Creek’s shoreline. The revitalized park now features modern amenities like an urban beach, concessions, and artistic sculptures. Waterloo Park Improvements symbolizes a commitment to sustainable infrastructure, community inclusivity, and innovation, aiming to create a vibrant and accessible community hub for residents and visitors alike.

Brad, an award-winning landscape architect, brings over 18-years of experience to the field of landscape architecture.  As the lead landscape architect for the Waterloo Park Improvements, Brad’s passion for creating livable, exciting spaces has earned him recognition, including the University of Guelph’s Alumni Volunteer Award of Excellence in 2023.

The LABash conference for students, led by students is shaping the future of landscape architecture. This year’s theme, “Sunny Side Up”, emanates warmth, optimism, and a drive to forge a brighter future for the profession.

Secure your spot at Brad’s transformative lecture by registering at this link and let’s explore how design and ecology converge to shape our urban environment.   

Brad’s Lecture was sponsored by Maglin Site Furniture, dedicated to supporting the site furniture needs of professionals crafting inspiring public spaces. With decades of experience collaborating with industry experts, Maglin has honed the ability to establish seamless workflows, prioritize effective communication, and alleviate concerns for their clients.