2017 Annual WASLA Conference

Spokane Convention Center, April 21, 2017
One Day, Dynamic Sessions, Ultimate Location



3:15-4:15 PM
Evolving Histories: Designing Deeply Rooted, Authentic Places for 21st Century Places


Often a site’s history can be frozen in time, reflecting the attitudes and thoughts of that time.  The challenge to the designer and/or historic preservationist is to respect the past while creating relevant place that engages future generations. Through the lens of three recent GGLO projects in the Treasure Valley, Idaho: Indian Creek Plaza, Ann Morrison Park, and Spaulding Ranch, we will explore how to leverage cultural and natural histories to create authentic public spaces while looking toward innovation to make active, regional destinations. Each one of these projects has a unique story, a brand new plaza designed to revive a historic downtown, a 1950’s suburban park that has found itself in the middle of a booming urban center, and an 1800’s farmstead on the National Register of Historic Places in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Each one has a different path towards evolving its history.

Lead Speaker:

Christine Harrington

Speaker Bios:

Christine Harrington, PLA, ASLA, LEED BD+C
Christine has a decade of experience designing parks, civic spaces, educational campuses, and public art. She brings extensive experience in the public design process, working with multi-cultural and multi-generational groups to build consensus. Christine’s experience in public art, through design and construction, has built her working knowledge of transforming common materials into inspirational spaces, allowing her to champion sustainable and creative ideas.

Spencer Howard, Preservation Planner, Artifacts Consulting 
Spencer is the Managing Partner and Historic Preservationist at Artifacts and has enjoyed a career in historic preservation, community revitalization, and cultural resource management. His work focuses on historic preservation planning and technology.  He has served on the Pike Place Market Historical Commission and The National Association for Olmsted Parks. Spencer has worked effectively with Landmark Commissions, Architectural Review and Design Review Boards for rehabilitation projects to ensure the successful realization of owner, architect, and program goals and compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and applicable design guidelines. 

PJ Benenati, Landscape Designer
PJ is a landscape designer focused on sustainable and environmentally sensitive site design. Complementary professional certificates contribute to his holistic design approach in integrating natural systems and the built environment. His experience in infill redevelopment, urban parks and plazas, and masterplans along with his collaborative design and management approach, promotes the exchange of thoughtful ideas and provide the client with the most innovative level of service.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the four categories of Historic Preservation.
  • Learn how to incorporate different public involvement strategies.
  • Acquire a basic understanding of urban development catalysts for renewal.
  • Apply lessons learned from presented case studies



Where History Meets Nature

Spokane Convention Center
Spokane, WA