Gena is the Design Principal at SCAPE. Trained in landscape architecture, urban planning and horticulture, Gena draws from her interdisciplinary training to create ecologically rich and culturally relevant landscapes from the infrastructural scale to the site level. Gena leads the design on several significant projects in the office,
Gena was on the original Oyster-tecture team and was the Project Manager for SCAPE’s involvement in SIRR, studying large-scale harbor-wide strategies for coastal protection measures that will be utilized in preparation for the next Superstorm. She was also the Project Manager for SCAPE’s winning Rebuild By Design proposal, Living Breakwaters, a climate change resiliency strategy for the South Shore of Staten Island.
Gena holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Planning with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Delaware.
Wirth will explore SCAPE’s recent work centered around the themes of Revie, Cohabit, Engage, and Scale. SCAPE conceived of landscape design as a form of activism, and uses multiple design strategies, collaborations, and outreach techniques to develop a more resilient and inclusive built environment. This lecture will look at reviving site systems, designing with local natural systems and geology as inspiration, even in very urban areas. Wirth will discuss designing with people and for people through methods of community engagement and participatory design. Further discussion includes designing for non-human 'clients' - from underwater shellfish to rooftop birds, as well as designing resilient ecosystems, the repositioning of shorelines as regenerative living infrastructures that reduces risk in coastal communities.