Pamela Conrad on Going Beyond Neutral

On March 6th, as part of the 2023 Spring Urbanism Lecture series, co-hosted by the City Design & Development Program (CDD), SMArchS Urbanism Program, and Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, Pamela Conrad from Climate Positive Design shared her work on Going Beyond Netural.

Pamela Conrad, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, is an internationally recognized landscape architect and climate advocate. As our world continues to face challenges of urbanization, social injustices and climate change, Pamela focuses on finding solutions to the climate crisis and planning for a resilient future. Her passion for the environment is deeply rooted — from growing up on a farm in the mid-western United States to degrees in Plant Science and regenerative landscape architecture, and large-scale habitat restoration experience.

Her influential research on improving climate impacts of the exterior built and natural environments is elevating landscape architecture’s positive contribution to climate change and informs her work as the Founder of Climate Positive Design (CPD). Conrad is the Vice-Chair of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Climate Change Working Group who spearheaded the IFLA Climate Action Commitment presented at COP26 in conjunction with Architecture 2030 1.5oC Communique. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects Climate Action Committee and co-author of the ASLA Climate Advocacy Guide. Her nearly two decades of work has been widely featured as Conrad speaks nationally and internationally on the subjects of landscape architecture, climate action, and designing for future resilience.

By Sylvia Jimenez, Norman B (1938). and Muriel Leventhal Fellow, MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism.

Climate Positive Design [Credit: Pamela Conrad]



Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism

Research center focused on the design and planning of large-scale, complex, future metropolitan environments.