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Session 11C
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Located just outside of downtown Dallas, The Cottages at Hickory Crossing provides permanent supportive housing and support services to 50 of Dallas’ most chronically homeless residents. Learn about the project, its community engagement process and the collection of stories and human experiences involved within the design process that led to the final design of the 3 acre site.


Biff Sturgess is a licensed landscape architect with almost 15 years’ experience in the profession. He has worked on a broad range of projects with site budgets ranging up to $300M. He returned to Hocker Design Group in 2013 following seven years with the Office of James Burnett, having focused on large scale urban projects where he served clients in many capacities. Biff previously taught graduate level courses in landscape architecture, focusing on landscape ecology and regional planning. From a farming and ranching family in the Texas Panhandle, Biff developed an early appreciation for horticulture, planting techniques, and the importance of water to the landscape. He relies on that foundation and a strong understanding of business and design to influence a successful outcome in every project. The blurring of lines between landscape architecture and urban design is an integral component to his design approach. 
  Brent A. Brown, AIA, is a Dallas architect working daily to balance social, economic, and environmental issues by deploying design to enhance livability for all Dallas' residents. In 2005, Mr. Brown founded the buildingcommunity WORKSHOP (bcWORKSHOP), a local non-profit community design resource seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. He is also the Founding Director of the City of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio stewarding the urban design vision for the city. In addition to winning numerous local and national design awards, Brent represented the southwest region as part of the President’s Forum on Clean Energy and Public Health at the White House and is an active member of the USGBC. Brent is a strong advocate for Public Design and earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University. Brent resides with his family in the century old Munger Place Neighborhood in Old East Dallas.