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LAA Spring Lecture: Patricia Algara

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 2:00pm

PCA - Paul Cejas Architecture Building, 135
11200 SW 8th ST, Paul Cejas Architecture Bldg, Miami, Florida 33199

Patricia Algara, principal and founder, is a recognized leader in coalition building and community-driven design. She creates landscapes that immerse children and families of all backgrounds and abilities in learning, exploration and play. 

Patricia was born to a bilingual/bicultural family in central Mexico. She has engaged Spanish-speaking communities as collaborators in projects from master plans to urban agriculture initiatives. Her community involvement and advocacy expand the boundaries of traditional landscape architecture.


Patricia earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a Bachelor of Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. She studied the “Earth semester” at Columbia University, Biosphere 2.  Patricia has taught at UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley Extension, as well as lectured at Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi, Washington University in St. Louis, Washington State University, UC Davis and served as a guest juror at UC Berkeley, University of Arkansas, University of San Francisco, Cal Poly SLO, University of Arizona and the California College of the Arts. At a national level she has participated with the ASLA diversity summit and is part of the advisory board of the College of the Melissea, Center for Sacred Bee Keeping. Locally, she is a steering committee member of LatinX in Architecture SF and a board member of the Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association.


She is the founder of With Honey in the Heart, a non-profit that creates healthy habitats for and educates people about pollinators. She is the co-founder of the Algarden Demonstration Urban Farm, a center for permaculture education and natural beekeeping. She is a passionate advocate for quality and equity in the public realm.


Patricia has received national recognition for her design, outreach, education and leadership work. She was the faculty advisor for two national ASLA student awards. A beekeeper and apitherapist, she draws inspiration from bees, whose artistry and industriousness demonstrate that beauty, function, structure, and communication can and should coexist sweetly.

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