Nina Chase is trained as a landscape architect and urban designer and is currently the Senior Project Manager at Riverlife in Pittsburgh, PA where she works with city officials, nonprofit leaders, and community advocates to transform Pittsburgh’s riverfronts into the cultural, ecological, and economic heart of the city.
Formerly an Associate at Sasaki Associates in Boston, MA, Nina works at the intersection of landscape architecture and urban design. 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 a key member of the design and construction team for Sasaki’s award winning temporary pop-up park The Lawn on D and the Cantigny Park Landscape Plan. Nina led Sasaki’s Sea Change: Boston research initiative, exploring design solutions to sea level rise in Boston. She also served as a lead member of Sasaki’s HUD-funded Rebuild by Design team.
Nina was recently named “Landscape Architect to Watch” by Green Building & Design Magazine and her mobile pop-up park concept, Kit of Parks, was named a winner of the 2016 KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge.
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 three years, Nina served as the Chair of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Emerging Professionals Committee. Nina currently sits on the national Landscape Architecture Foundation Board. Her recent speaking engagements include the 2017 LAbash Keynote and the 2016 Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future “Emerging Voices” Panel.