Speaker – Casey Cline

About Casey…

Designer Casey Cline is fueled by creativity. She’s a conscious observer/analyst of urban space, environmental design and how these concepts influence human behavior. While Casey was pursuing her master’s in Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University she studied at the Prague Institute, Czech Republic. While abroad, she acquired a passion, deep interest and understanding of the evolution of urban space, design and infrastructure. Now, combining her expertise as a landscape architectural designer with her concentration on City Design, Casey explores places/spaces through the lens of design theories. She integrates interests of running, sketching, painting, and traveling to provide an intimate understanding of unfamiliar environments.

In addition to being a landscape architectural designer with national firm LITTLE Architects, Casey is a Charlotte native, artist, fitness ambassador, health/wellness activist, and advocate for smart growth/active design. Currently, Casey is involved in a case study, evaluating how working in natural, outdoor environments impact human experience.

Learn more about Casey’s Talk…

Title: Fit Environments through Active Design
Description: Sedentary environments have created unhealthy lifestyles in the American landscape with quick, cheap fixes that influence our decision making. By building a better FIT environment though the promotion of active design strategies, we can nudge and encourage new habits and lifestyle shifts that promote longevity, health and wellness, both physically and mentally. By resetting mindsets and rethinking how we work and play, we can generate a movement that promotes active lifestyles, social interaction through collaboration, and redefines our everyday environments.
What would the news headline about your talk? Sedentary lifestyles are a health epidemic. Can design be the cure?
What do you want people to learn from your talk? Awareness of alternative design strategies to encourage daily movement and break the mold of an unconscious sedentary lifestyle.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? 1) Inspire conscious movement to facilitate health. 2) Challenge the design world to innovate fit environments.

Learn more about Casey…

Where is your hometown? Charlotte, North Carolina
What are your hobbies? Anything Fitness, Painting, Drawing, Traveling, Marathon Running, Paddle Boarding, Reading
What are you passionate about? 1) Innovation in Design and Landscape Architecture, Health and Wellness (Mental/Physical), Architecture, Fitness and being my best self. 2) Creativity fuels my soul and design is the medium I use to explore ideas.
What is the best compliment you’ve received? “Casey has a deep well of curiosity and energy. She gives her all to everything she commits to and shows all of us how to stretch. She’s a hard act to follow.” Phil Kuttner, Chief Executive Officer, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
What do you want to be remembered for? Innovative ideas that challenge the mundane, thinking outside the box, promoting physical/mental health and wellness and creating a legacy for challenging design to strive for excellence and empathy.
How do you push the boundaries? Staying focused on the task at hand and trusting that I can handle any challenge thrown at me while remaining grounded and focused on gratitude.
What does your happy place look like? Pristine landscapes where I can run, play, dance in the sun, eat locally fresh, observe breath-taking architecture and paint by the water. (Aka – Gozo, Malta)
What is one thing that you would like to share that isn’t commonly known about you? For 25 years of my life, I have worked every holiday season at my father’s Christmas Tree Farm on the outskirts of Charlotte. I started very own concession stand business at the farm at the age of 12. You can still visit Santa’s Snack Shack at Cedar Lake Christmas Tree Farm to this very day.

Thoughts on Charlotte…

What part of town do you live in? Uptown
What draws you to Charlotte? Charlotte radiates creative energy. As a Charlotte native, I have watched our city grow, evolve and take shape into a vibrant melting pot of opportunity. It’s sheer beauty, culture, and landscape fuel a magnetic pull that keeps me on my toes, continually rediscovering it’s hidden gems.
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? As one of the fastest growing cities, I see the urban core, “Heart of Charlotte” continuing to thrive and gain density as it bleeds out into the adjacent neighborhoods. I see Charlotte housing more and more creatives, entrepreneurs and visionaries with the common goal and drive to make Charlotte “greater”. I see the quality and standard for design reaching a captivating inventive level striving for beauty and excellence.

Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Elephants, they are strong, majestic, patient, confident leaders.