Who is Poiesis Design and Planning?

Jennifer Walker is the Principal of Poiesis Design and Planning. She opened her first design practice in 1998, and has been evolving ever since. Poiesis is a lean firm, retaining the flexibility needed to collaborate, grow, and respond to a wider variety of client and project needs through partnering with a variety of agencies, firms, researchers, and practitioners. Recent collaborators include The Piedmont Conservation Council, Elon University, Renaissance Planning Group, Reinvestment Partners, Tributary Land Design and Build, and UNC's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Ms. Walker holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Horticulture with a Minor in Botany from North Carolina State University, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.

**Hear Jennifer speak to North Country Public Radio about the potential of locally-focused economic efforts in Canton, New York. (Link)**

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Poiesis Design and Planning, LLC is a multi-disciplinary design and planning firm that utilizes community facilitation, landscape planning, research, and creativity to build more inclusive communities. Practice areas include landscape design, planning, and management; food system diversification; climate change adaptation; and economic and community development with specific attention to the effects and presence of structural inequality and community conflict.

What does the word “poiesis” mean?
Poiesis is defined as creation according to a process that allows for change, while techne is creation according to an ideal plan. In other words, poiesis is the process and techne is the act of physically constructing. While both aspects of design are important, process (poiesis) is often overlooked in a world focused on capitalist efficiency, hierarchies, and constant expansion. We are Poiesis because it speaks to the values of inclusion, creativity, and right order.

Jennifer Walker
4951 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19139
(828) 423-6832