august, 2022

25aug11:30 am1:00 pmAIA Middle TN Chapter Meeting


Event Details

August Chapter Meeting featuring SCAPE Landscape Architecture

About this event

In this presentation, John Donnelly, RLA, Technical Principal at SCAPE—a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco—will discuss his approach to landscape design and construction in the context of a mission-driven practice.

As a firm that has built a strong national reputation for technical innovation and forward-thinking strategies to address both climate and social challenges through the built environment, SCAPE now finds itself at a turning point, with a rapidly expanding portfolio of built work projects across the U.S., translating concepts into reality.

In particular, John will discuss this juncture through the lens of a project in Memphis, Tennessee: Tom Lee Park, a 31-acre waterfront park along the Mississippi River. Currently under construction, the park is inspired by the dynamic hydrology of the Mississippi, its programming and topography defined by ‘micro-deltas,’ ‘riffles,’ and ‘tailouts.’ In recent years, it has also been a contested grounds highlighting broader issues of access, equity, and race in Memphis. (To learn more about the park as it evolves, follow SCAPE at @scape_studio or visit

Thursday, August 25 | 11:30 AM CST | Earn 1 LU

*New Location* Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203


About the Speaker, John Donnelly, RLA:

John Donnelly, RLA, is Technical Principal at SCAPE. He leads the management, documentation and construction of the studio’s major built work projects across the U.S. In over 17 years of professional practice, John’s work has included the design, documentation and construction of award-winning urban parks; streetscapes; cultural and educational campuses; mixed-use developments master plans; recreational trails and a variety of on-structure landscapes.

As the lead for SCAPE’s Technical Team, he works across the practice to ensure design and technical excellence through an integrated and collaborative process of quality assurance, quality control and peer review. John ensures that all SCAPE projects are developed with a sound technical underpinning from the earliest project phases to documentation and construction.

John holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Planning and Design and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Rutgers University.


About the Firm:

SCAPE is a landscape architecture and urban design practice headquartered in New York with offices in New Orleans and San Francisco. We design and advocate for the ecologically restorative and socially engaged landscapes, urban environments, and natural infrastructure of the future.

Our staff of over 90 individuals includes landscape architects, urban planners, architects, ecological designers, horticulturists, and community engagement professionals—and a deep bench of technical expertise related to construction, regulation and agency review. We work across disciplines, collaborating with architects, developers, engineers, foundations, agencies, institutions, and grassroots environmental justice and community groups on projects across scales.

We plan, design, and build parks, waterfronts, plazas, master plans and urban frameworks, campuses, educational and cultural landscapes, greenways and multimodal trails, streetscapes, on-structure and interior landscapes, public libraries, wayfinding and interpretative signage, and more. We also communicate the transformative potential of landscapes through publications, exhibitions, research, thought leadership, and other initiatives. With a focus on excellence in construction and long-term performance, we translate complex visions into realizable actions and beautiful, legible, and equitable landscapes.


(Thursday) 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Hutton Hotel

1808 West End Avenue