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Jun 19 | An Evening with Richard Kennedy at Stanford

Join us for a shared event with AIA Silicon Valley June 19th

Open and Invitational: Public Spaces in the City

Come spend the evening with Richard Kennedy, RLA, ASLA and Senior Principal with Field Operations.

Stanford University-   6:00 PM- 8:30 PM

This is a No Cost Event!

Join us at for a pre-lecture reception in the East Oval Grove at 6:00 PM.  At 7:15 PM we’ll walk next door to the Bishop Auditorium at the Lathrop Library, 518 Memorial Way.  Map  

Leading many of Field Operations’ most important public realm and urban design projects, Richard Kennedy is widely regarded as one of the field’s most effective designers.  With over 15 years of professional experience, Richard is currently leading the design of the New Presidio Parklands Project in San Francisco, a new 15-acre park that connects the Presidio to San Francisco’s Bayfront; Pier 70, a 28-acre mixed-use development and waterfront park in San Francisco; London’s Battersea Power Station Redevelopment “Rooftop Gardens;” and Dubai’s Creek Harbor Development in addition to the Presidio Tunnel Tops.

Prior to joining Field Operations, Richard worked with Hargreaves Associates in San Francisco on various international design projects including the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Facility and South Lake Union Waterfront Park in Seattle; and 555 Mission Street Plaza in San Francisco.

Have you been to any of their projects?

The High Line in New York City. A 23 block-long elevated railway reclaimed as an extraordinary public space in the heart of Manhattan’s West Side.

Chicago’s Historic Navy Pier, a world class icon, has a contemporary “pierscape” and is a center of activity and culture that is reflective of an authentic, contemporary Chicago identity.

Tongva Park in Santa Monica. A former parking lot was transformed into a dynamic topography and lush landscape of rolling hills, meadows and gardens now celebrated as an important destination and center for the community and is a short walk from the Santa Monica Pier.

The lecture will draw on the recent work of James Corner Field Operations and the important role of parks towards the social, economic and ecological well-being of the City.

Learning Objectives:


Using contemporary urban sites, the discussion will cover methods and techniques for large-scale site analysis, including the identification, mapping and communication of site issues and constraints, risks and uncertainties. 


Discussion of large-scale organizational systems, site frameworks, pathways, places, features and other formal devices to structure experience, mobility, community, lifestyle and site resources. 


Discussion of 21st Century urban design and public realm projects that incorporate intelligent strategies to address and improve human health and well-being and ecological sustainability, from the optimization of site assets, to material reuse to large-scale habitat generation. 


Discussion of the implementation and construction of several contemporary and international public realm projects with a focus on methods of delivery, innovative fabrication techniques and maintaining design intent from concept through constructed details.

It’s going to be an extraordinary lecture.

6:00 PM Pre-lecture reception in the East Oval Grove

7:15 PM walk next door to the Bishop Auditorium at the Lathrop Library, 518 Memorial Way.  Map  

RSVP exec@aiasmc.org


Special thanks to our Event Sponsors




  • May 20, 2019

    I can’t seem to register…is it because I’m not a member of AIA SM?
    I am a member of AIA SF (and a Fellow of AIA)

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