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ILASLA Webinar: Accessible Places with Multiple Views | Discussing Design Strategies Post-Covid from a Multi-Disciplinary Panel

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join this multi-disciplinary panel to dive into the future of design discussion post-Covid directions, accessible design, collaborative futures, untapped sectors, and much more. Become part of the discussion about the opportunities of the future of our design profession by submitting your questions and becoming part of this dynamic discussion.


May 20, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1 CEU pending

ILASLA Members: $10 / Voucher Eligible*
Guests: $20

* ILASLA offers education vouchers for members! Each year, Illinois Chapter Members will be provided 2 vouchers to be used toward 6 eligible ILASLA LACES education sessions. Just click “Use Voucher” when checking out.


Have a question for the panel? Add your question when registering.



Panel Members:


Mark Jirik, ASLA, site, Landscape Architect


Mark Jirik is a landscape architect, arborist, project manager and helps oversee planting design at site. His professional experience covers a wide range of project types from residential gardens to skateparks to park system master planning. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently teaches part-time at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Outside of work, Mark enjoys travel, skateboarding, cycling, and all things great outdoors.

Photos: L-R Mary Bartelme Park/SIte; Prairie Avenue Shared Street/Site; 75th Street Boardwalk/Site



Jessica Statz, Principal Lamar Johnson Collaborative, Interior Designer


Jessica is an interior designer and leads the interior studio at LJC’s Chicago office. For the majority of her career, she has worked primarily in corporate interiors designing offices and corporate campuses in the US and abroad for clients like Horizon Therapeutics, Johnson Controls, and Goodyear. She strives to create inclusive spaces that support both the business and its inhabitants to create a balanced and wellness-focused workplace experience.

Photos: Lamar Johnson Collaborative



Smitha Vasan,  SmithGroup, Architect 


An architect, Smitha C. Vasan is an advocate for social justice through the lens and responsibility of design excellence. After studying architecture alongside and through urban design, she sees every design opportunity as a chance to make strategic, contextual understanding into just, built-world solutions. Smitha returned to Chicago from Miami four years ago and is inspired and intrigued by the City of Chicago as a place for opportune and experiential learning in spreading equity through design. Smitha brings a strong sense of attention to detail in combination with an innate ability to think compassionately about the end-users of any project. She is curious about how good design can positively impact and be available to the public, especially as it may be interwoven with other defining systems such as economy and health.

Photos L-R:  Invest Bronzeville/SmithGroup; Invest Roseland/SmithGroup; Uptown United/SmithGroup


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May 20
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




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