Nate Cormier, ASLA, LEED AP

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Nate Cormier, ASLA, LEED AP

Nate Cormier, ASLA, LEED AP
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Nov 20, 2019
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Nate Cormier directs the landscape architecture studio at RIOS. His interest in landscape design as a form of storytelling drew him to Los Angeles after two decades of practice in Seattle and a master's in landscape architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Cormier’s projects, including urban parks in Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, and Palm Springs, unearth stories of place as catalysts for authentic urban life. He lectures on landscape design at universities and conferences around the country, and has been active on the boards of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and numerous urban environmental and civic groups. Cormier’s current research interest centers around the “culture of comfort” in places that experience extreme heat. As the climate changes and more urban areas face extreme heat, what can we learn from global cultures past and present about how to survive? From urban forests and ventilation corridors to porch swings and siestas, how do people beat the heat? The contemporary application of this collective wisdom is inventive ways to reduce dependence on air conditioning and attract people to reconnect with each other outside.