Nina Chase is the Senior Project Manager at Riverlife in Pittsburgh, PA. Nina works at the intersection of landscape architecture and urban design, positioning landscape architecture and public realm projects as a foundational building block for cities.
Formerly an Associate at Sasaki Associates in Boston, MA, Nina's work advocates for public space and placemaking initiatives as drivers for urban transformation. Most recently Nina worked on Sasaki's urban design and landscape guidelines for Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC and the concept design for the Strip District Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, PA. Nina was also on the design and construction team for Sasaki's award winning temporary pop-up park, The Lawn on D. Nina led Sasaki's Sea Change: Boston research initiative, exploring design solutions to sea level rise in Boston and was a key member of Sasaki's HUD funded Rebuild by Design team.
A graduate of Harvard's Graduate School of Design and West Virginia University, Nina was recently named "Landscape Architect to Watch" by Green Building & Design Magazine and and her mobile pop-up park concept, Kit of Parks, was named a winner of the 2016 KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge. Her graduate work along the Chicago River received a 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects Student Honor Award.
Nina's professional experience is additionally informed by a commitment to the design and planning community through teaching, writing and volunteering. Nina has lectured at MIT and Rhode Island School of Design, and she has served as a design critic at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Toronto. For the three years, Nina served as the Chair of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Emerging Professionals Committee. Nina was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Boston Architectural College and Northeastern University's Urban Landscape Department. Nina currently sits on the national Landscape Architecture Foundation board. Her recent speaking engagements include the LAbash 2017 Keynote, Carnegie Science Center's SciTech Days, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Summit on the Landscape Architecture and the Future "Emerging Voices" Panel.