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Wednesday, February 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Immersive Wildlife Observation: Crafting an Experience of Response

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Truly immersive “wildlife” experiences place visitors into the animal habitat they have travelled to observe. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for orchestrating such encounters – each must respond to the nuance of place, habitat, seasonality and the types of wildlife available to see in different seasons. The presentation team will discuss how designers can integrate site and structure to work together programmatically, structurally, ecologically and aesthetically to deliver an immersive experience rooted in the context of place. Hear how a nature center director has capitalized upon site and facility design opportunities to propel the organizational mission and reach new visitor groups.

Takeaway values include: design team collaboration; program integration; and owner perspective on the operations of such facilities. This presentation will further address the following: the Environment - Habitat and supporting ecotones; the Observer - Human Ergonomics; the Story - Understanding of larger context/migratory system; and the Experience Phenomena - How the wildlife informs the act of viewing

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Andrew Duggan

Andrew is a landscape architect with Studio Outside and has been active in environmental education and nature center planning for 20 years. As a father of four, he is passionate about creating meaningful experiences for children of all ages out in nature. He has worked with numerous... Read More →
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Chris Snyder

University of Southern Mississippi Marine Education Center
Chris has been the Director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center since September of 2009. Chris previously held the positions of Public Information Officer for GCRL, Co-director of GCRL’s Summer Field Program, and Marine Education and Media Specialist... Read More →
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Matt Wallace

Lake Flato Architects
Matt is co-leader of the Lake Flato’s Eco-Conservation studio, which fulfills his passion for championing projects that encourage environmental stewardship. He studied under Pritzker Prize Laureate Glenn Murcutt, who taught him the importance of sustainable practices. Since acquiring... Read More →

Wednesday February 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Poseidon Room

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