The 2015 Finding Center Conference was a joint venture with ASLA Central States, held at their annual conference, which was in Oklahoma City. Several speakers, covering a wide variety of sustainable topics were present. The keynote speaker was Shane Coen of Coen+Partners
Shane Coen, FASLA, gave a speech titled, “Design Dynamics of the Collaborative Method” which highlighted the dynamic intersection of landscape and architecture and how form, geometry, materiality, and context establish a shared vision. Shane is the Founder and Principal of Coen+Partners. He was raised in Boulder, Colorado, and received his professional degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For twenty years, Shane has led Coen + Partners’ innovative practice, directing the design vision for each project in the studio. As a result of his creativity and disciplined design approach, his work has received numerous awards and is recognized by influential design publications throughout the world. The New York Times architectural critic, Anne Raver, describes Shane’s work as ‘pushing Midwestern boundaries’. He received a Special Award for Collaborative Work from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Chapter.