Sarah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in 1988. In 1991, she began her studies at Utah State University, earning a Master of Landscape Architecture degree.
While at USU, she worked with LAEP Professor Craig Johnson, and Environment and Society Professor, Robert Schmidt to publish Living on the edge: a process for redesigning campgrounds in grizzly bear habitat. This article appeared in the Landscape and Urban Planning Journal. After graduation, Sarah spent most of her time with the National Park Service. During the 1990’s, Sarah worked with the National Park Service’s Natural Sounds Program in Fort Collins, Colorado.
In 2006, she began her career working as a National Park Superintendent. First, she worked at the War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam, then at Haleakala National Park in Hawaii and most recently at Olympic National Park. She also served as Interim Head of Grand Canyon National Park in 2019 and Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the summer 2021. Beginning in January 2022, Sarah became the Regional National Park Service Director in Alaska. As the Director, she oversees operations for 15 national parks, preserves, monuments and national historical parks, as well as 13 national wild rivers, two affiliated areas and a national heritage area.
Mark van der Zalm - MLA, '97
Mark van der Zalm
Mark is the founding Principal of van der Zalm and associates (VDZ+A) in Vancouver – Canada. He has over two decades of working experience in Canada, the USA, China, and Europe. Mark is recognized as a Global leader in Action Sports facility design and City-wide Strategic Planning for Skateboarding and Bike infrastructure. Mark has presented on panels across North America advocating for greater appreciation for “Tactical Recreation” and diversity in programming, and support for youth culture.
Since graduating from LAEP at USU, Mark has developed a practice that employs over 35 landscape architects, civil engineers, and urban forestry professionals. The firm has received National recognition and awards for Public Park design and planning. Mark has served as President of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects – overseeing the organization’s 10-year strategic plan. Mark is president-elect of the Pacific Parkland Foundation, a charitable ‘arm’ of Metro- Vancouver Parks. Mark has been a member of the LAEP advancement board, and currently sits as a member of the Heritage review board for the Township of Langley – his hometown.
Seminal projects through Mark’s career include Yingkou waterfront design, Yingkou, China, Holland Park – City of Surrey’s first downtown ‘Urban Park’, City of Arlington, TX skateboarding master plan, The Forks Plaza – Winnipeg, Manitoba, City of Vancouver Green Stormwater Strategy, Linkoping community skate park – Sweden. City of Cardiff, Wales - Urban Skateboarding strategy, White Rock Pier Plaza, Rocky Point Waterfront Park, and The Northern Gateway Conceptual Master plan – Penticton, BC.
Mark enjoys working with his staff, interacting on complex projects that require collaboration, ingenuity, and bravery! Developing the firm, and overseeing the work of his staff has been the most rewarding aspects of professional life to date.
Greg Montgomery (BLA 1980) is the present Planning Division Manager for Ogden, Utah. After graduating from Utah State, he worked for Ogden City for a year under a federal grant program called UPARR (urban park and recreation recovery). This opportunity of assessing the city parks and infrastructure allowed him to work with the city’s planning office. Greg took advantage of this opportunity to do as Ian McHarg, encouraged students to do a year earlier when he was a guest lecturer in the LAEP department. McHarg’s challenge was for “students trained in Landscape Architecture to infiltrate into all disciplines and public realms.” Greg shared with the two planners assigned to the city, design principles that could help them as the city was going into a transition phase with the opening a new downtown mall.
In the fall of 1981, Ogden City created its own planning department, separate from Weber County and Greg was offered a position with that transition. He has spent forty-years working in the planning division. The first challenge began with helping the city see the need or requiring landscaping for commercial development. The challenges only became larger over the years. Greg received his American Institute of Certified Planners certificate in 1991. Over time, the planning division’s influence grew to encouraging the development of the Ogden River Trail system, the protection of the foothills and the development of Ogden’s Bonneville Shore line trail and the connecting trail system, the development of the Municipal Gardens into a connected open green space in the center of the city, the preservation of Ogden’s historic resources, especial Historic 25th Street which was named in 2014 by the American Planning Association as one of the “Great American Streets.” The most recent city development came from the LAEP 2018 fall urban design studio which produced the “Reinventing the Rails Merging East and West”. That project became the impetus for the “Make Ogden” downtown redevelopment plan which was approved in the fall of 2020.
Kevin Shields - BLA, '90
Kevin R. Shields serves as Sr. Landscape Architect for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is one of 3 landscape architects employed by the Church. He has served as a landscape architect for the Church for 24 years and currently directs the landscape and site design for temples and other major Church projects.
When Kevin was hired by the Church in early 1997 there were 50 temples. As of this write-up there are now 231 temples built, under construction, or recently announced. There have also been many other temple sites undertake major landscape renovations during his tenure, including the current Salt Lake Temple renovation project which includes over 20 acres of urban design. He also assisted with the design and construction of the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake.
Kevin’s job is unique as a landscape architect. Rather than compete with other landscape architects for work he helps landscape architects and other consultants throughout the world by providing design direction, quality, and expectations unique to Church facilities. He has strongly promoted and advocated the need for landscape architects on these projects and has been thrilled to see so many architects and others hiring landscape architects or employing them within their firms.
Prior to working with the Church, Kevin worked in a small multi-disciplinary firm in California for 7 years where he was able to work on a variety of site planning and landscape projects from lakeside and golf course developments and new university master plans to hospitals and small commercial properties.
Kevin holds a BLA degree from Utah State University, is a long-time member of ASLA, and is a strong supporter of Utah State University and the LAEP program, serving as a mentor in the LAEP program for many years, and serving on the Tooele County USU Alumni Board and as Board President, raising thousands of dollars in scholarships for many students wishing to attend USU.
Allysia Angus is one of four landscape architects in the Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that manages almost a quarter billion acres of the US land base, more than any other agency. She served as the landscape architect for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in Escalante, Utah for more than 15 years. She is now the landscape architect for the BLM’s Paria River District which includes GSENM and the Kanab Field Office. Allysia began her career at the Monument in 2000 as an intern and since that time has worked on a host of planning, design, interpretive, and research projects.
Early in her career, Allysia was a key member of the team that prepared the Scenic Byway 12 Corridor Management Plan as part of the application package to secure designation of the byway as an All-American Road within the National Scenic Byway System, which to date is Utah’s only such acclaimed route. She served for many years on the Scenic Byway 12 Committee and Foundation.
Allysia led the development of BLM’s Guidelines for a Quality Built Environment, which established or reinforced goals related to the image, functionally, performance, and accessibility of all Bureau facilities.
Allysia is the longest-standing member of the instructor cadre for the BLM National Training Center’s Visual Resource Management Course. She recently led the effort to prepare the GSENM Visual Resource Inventory which documented the BLM’s highest rated Scenic Quality Rating Unit.
Outside of work, Allysia was the owner/builder of her small straw bale home where she has hosted LAEP’s Women in Landscape Architecture retreats, is the co-director of the Escalante Canyons Art Festival, and volunteers for Best Friends Animal Society’s Trap, Neuter, Release Program.
In addition to her MLA, she holds a BA in Communications and Art from the University of Tennessee.
Jereck Boss - BLA, '93
Jereck Boss developed an interest in design, architecture and landscape architecture at an early age being inspired by the painterly desert near his childhood home that while fragile, still managed to thrive in extreme conditions, leading him to earn a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at Utah State University in 1993.
Jereck’s deep respect for natural topography, innovative “design first” philosophy, and the belief that good design should not be neutralized by limitations – but rather limitations stimulate creative solutions not previously considered, have earned him many awards for his work on projects including McLane Stadium at Baylor University, CityCentre Houston, and ConocoPhillips World Headquarters. Additional notable projects include The Asia Society Texas Center in Houston; Project180 Streetscape; Peoria Complete Streets; CityCenter, a 67-acre urban development along the Las Vegas Strip; BG Group Place, a downtown Houston tower with eleventh and thirty-ninth floor roof gardens; and 609 Main at Texas, a 49-story, LEED Platinum office tower in downtown Houston with a green roof, green wall, and entry plaza.
As a Registered Landscape Architect in Utah, Nevada and Texas with 25 years of professional experience, Jereck began his professional career as an associate at firm local to Utah before becoming a partner at OJB Landscape Architecture’s Houston office, where he has spent the last 15 years overseeing a broad range of institutional, corporate campus, mixed-use, and large-scale urban design projects, including walkable and innovative streetscapes. In addition to leading the design and development of multiple projects across the United States, Jereck also manages operations, marketing and project management for the firm.
Jereck continues to play an active role in the design community as a Board Member with the Rice Design Alliance and Utah State University Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Advisory Board. He was elected into the Council of Fellows ASLA in 2018.
Terrall Budge is a founder and principal at Loci in Salt Lake City, Utah. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Utah State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At Harvard, he was awarded the Jacob Weidenmann Prize for outstanding design talent.
Terrall founded Loci along with his brother Michael in 2014. Prior to opening Loci, Terrall was a Principal and Partner at Design Workshop and was Principal-In-Charge of the Salt Lake City office. Projects he has led range from large-scale new community planning to parks and open space planning and design; urban design and redevelopment projects to high-end residential gardens; institutional design and planning to constructed wetlands and lakes. Projects of note include the Natural History Museum of Utah, Station Center Mixed-Use Master Plan and Street Design, Daybreak Parks and Open Space Master Plan, numerous Daybreak parks including Oquirrh Lake, Utah State University Moab Campus Master Plan, Hakuba 47 Ski Area Master Plan, and the Sapporo Japan LDS Temple. His projects have won multiple awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Terrall is dedicated to rebuilding the urban centers of our cities and towns and transforming them into vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods that attract residents, visitors, tenants and investors.
Terrall is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Urban Land Institute where he served on the ULI Global Awards jury for three years. He previously served as co-chair of the LAEP Advancement Board.
David Garce - BLA, '80
David Garce received a BLA at Utah State University in 1980. He continued to earn certificates in Business Administration from the Advanced Management Institute for Architects and Engineers. He began his career in 1985 with several small firms in Salt Lake City. In 1986 he moved to San Jose, California and worked for a mid-sized Landscape Architecture firm. He became licensed in California and started his own practice in 1988.
The desire to share information acquired through his experiences in California compelled him to eventually return to Utah. From 1999 to 2004, he taught the Professional Practice of Landscape Architecture class. During that time, he also served on the LAEP Advisory board. In 2004 David joined GSBS Architects as Director of Landscape Operations, then in 2007 David accepted a position as Principle and an owner, where he now works. Projects with GSBS have taken David to Peru, Brazil, Philippines, Mexico and Canada.
David is an advocate for Native Americans in the Landscape Architecture profession. He joined the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers in 1992, was elected Secretary, followed by vice-president, then in 2004 became president of the Council. He now serves on the Board of Directors. He was also part of a Native American design team that was selected to design the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.
He has worked with many other tribes in the U.S. including his own Catawba Indian Nation and with USU faculty Professor (retired) Jerry Fuhriman. They mentored 4 Native Americans in the LAEP program and entered the team in a national competition for a monument to the Native Americans who died at the Little Bighorn Battlefield.
David is currently working with USU Extension Landscape Architect Jake Powell and with the director of Design Build Bluff to provide integrated summer design and construction collaboration with the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning on the Navajo Nation. David is an accomplished professional with a deep commitment to the welfare of LAEP. Congratulations, David!
Jamie Maslyn Larson
Jamie received her MLA from USU in 1997. Jamie has practiced landscape architecture for over 21 years with several distinguished firms, including Hargreaves, Civitas, West8, and Wagner Hodgson. She recently started a new position as Director of Landscape at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in New York City. She was a Partner in the New York office of West 8, an internationally acclaimed design firm. The New York office was West 8's first office outside of Rotterdam. She oversaw growth of the firm from one project (Governors Island) and 4 employees to dozens of projects nationally and 18 employees. Jamie was Principal in charge of the entire North American portfolio of work located in Miami, Houston, New York, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon and more. She has been involved in many notable projects, many of which were multi-million dollar projects. She is invited to speak regularly at national conferences, panels, and universities. Jamie has served on the NY ASLA Board for two years, and is a Fellow at the Urban Design Forum. She is also a past member of the LAEP Advancement Board.
Geoff Ellis - MLA, '96
Geoff Ellis was born and raised in Ogden, UT, the descendant of some of the original pioneer settlers of the city. He was valedictorian at Ogden High School and pursued his undergraduate education in California, Utah, and Germany. He graduated from Utah State with a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture in 1996 and is a licensed landscape architect in the state of Utah. He has specialized in parks and recreation projects, including the Ogden Valley pathways master plan, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, and the Weber River Parkway. He served as Executive Director of Weber Pathways, a non-profit organization that builds trails in the Ogden area, and as an officer on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Coalition and the Parley’s Trail Coalition. He has been active on the executive committee of the Utah Chapter of ASLA, serving first as Treasurer, then as President. He is currently the Utah ASLA Memorial Fund Chairman as well as the treasurer for a family philanthropic foundation. He has been a member of the LAEP Alumni Board, now called the Advancement Board, since 2004. He is the president of a local garden club and the Past President and Scholarship Chairman of the Utah Associated Garden Clubs, as well as the volunteer in charge of the gardens at a historic church in Salt Lake City.
Randall C. Boudrero
Randy received his degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from Utah State University in 1978. After graduation he began working with Environmental Associates, an architectural firm based out of Salt Lake City, and worked with them for several years before the firm evolved into Nelson Johnson and Partners. In 1993, Nelson Johnson and Partners merged with MHT Architects and the now familiar firm of MHTN Architects became one of the most prominent architectural firms in Utah, and began offering landscape architectural services.
After several successful years of exceptional landscape design, Randy was chosen to be the first landscape architect to become an Associate Principal in the history of MHTN Architects and is currently directing the firms landscape architectural practice.
Randy has had the privilege of working on many notable and award-winning projects, some of which include the Discover Corporate Campus, The University of Utah Ambulatory Care Center, Weber State University’s Bell Tower Plaza, The Arling Center and Lodge of the Tamarack Resort, the Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City and the LDS Kiev Ukraine Temple. Randy and his design team have won several design awards including the prestigious ASLA Utah Chapter of Landscape Architects Honor and Merit Award.
Through years of collaborating on multidisciplinary projects, Randy has developed strong project management skills, an acute eye for detail, commitment to quality, and an innovative approach in the creation of public spaces. These acquired skills have brought him respect among his peers in the profession.
As a licensed landscape architect, Randy served for a period of 16 years over several terms on the Utah State Landscape Architect Licensing Board. He has also had an opportunity to serve as a grader of the licensing exams for the National Council of Landscape Architecture Licensing Board.
Two of his favorite projects were the Salt Lake City Main Street Plaza and the Weber State University Bell Tower Plaza. The Main Street Plaza is located in downtown Salt Lake City. The focus of the plaza is a elliptical reflecting pool which rests at the base of the campus’ historical architectural centerpiece and acts as the campus gathering area. The Weber State University Bell Tower Plaza is the heart of the campus and is the central gathering space for major campus activities. Cascading waterfall features provide a terminus to main campus corridors and enhance the pedestrian experience.
Nancy Brunswick is the Regional Landscape Architect for the Intermountain Region of the US Forest Service, responsible for working with Forests and their landscape architects in Utah, Nevada, southern Idaho, and southwestern Wyoming. As the regional LA she serves on the national Landscape Architecture Leadership Team, which provides direction and guidance for scenic resource and recreation planning and management on the National Forests and Grasslands.
Nancy began her career as a student landscape architecture trainee on the Wasatch-Cache National Forest while attending graduate school at Utah State. Her first career assignment was the west zone Landscape Architect on the Dixie National Forest in southern Utah. She transferred into a partnership position in 2000 with the Federal Highways Administration and the America’s Byways Resource Center as the first Federal lands byway specialist working the resource center staff. Nancy was responsible for developing training resources for interpretation, planning and scenic conservation for state and local byway organizations. Prior to moving to Ogden, UT, Nancy was the Forest Landscape Architect and Recreation Program Manager on the Cibola National Forests and Grasslands in New Mexico.
She was a contributing author for “Scenic Byways: A Design Guide for Roadside Improvements”, which received an award from the National Association for Interpretation. While working with the Resource Center, she was the project manager and a contributing author for “Conserving Our Treasured Places: Managing Visual Quality on Scenic Byways.”
Nancy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Utah State University.
Garr Campbell got his start in landscape architecture at Utah State University. He went on to get a degree in landscape architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Garr first worked for Sasaki Dawson Demay in Watertown, Massachusetts and much of his time there was spent on a project for the State University of New York at Buffalo.
It was while Garr was with Sasaki Dawson that he first started working with His Highness the Aga Khan. The Aga Khan was planning on building a project in Chantilly, France. The project would include his residence, a business office, and a training stable for the Aga Khan’s racehorses. Garr’s role was to create a master plan for this project. Garr’s work for the Aga Khan continued to include medical units in the mountains of Pakistan, a hospital and nursing school in Karachi, a mosque in Burnaby just outside of Vancouver B.C, and a plan for a park in Cairo Egypt.
Garr also served on the original steering committee for the Aga Khan award for Architecture. In the 1980s, Garr opened his firm Garr Campbell and Associates. One of his first projects included the 100 acre palace grounds for the Saudi Royal Family. Garr’s work in the US includes Newtown Developments namely Kentlands and Evans Farm. Kentlands has won many awards and drawn National attention for the town’s ground breaking classical design. Garr Campbell and Associates received two awards for their efforts in the realization of Kentlands. The awards are from the State of Maryland and Builder’s Magazine.
Garr’s projects are noted for the seamless integration of the larger environment with the site and its structure. His approach to design is based on the logic proscribed by site conditions and the requirements of the users. Garr enjoyed his clients. Among his many International clients are the Saudi Royal Family, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Prince Sultan Bin Salaman of Saudi Arabia; the Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland; His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, Aiglemont, Gouveiux, France. Nationally, his clients included, Mr. and Mrs . J.W. Marriott, CEO of Marriott Corporation; Mr. and Mrs. Ian Cumming, CEO of Leucadia Financial Corporation, (private residence as well as American Investment Bank, downtown Salt Lake); Mr. Nolan Archibald, President and CEO of Black and Decker; Mr. and Mrs. Joel Peterson, President of Peterson Ventures and finally, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Holding.
One of his favorite projects was the Grand America Hotel located in downtown Salt Lake City. The terraces, fountains and gardens create a unique environment reflecting Garr’s love of intricate stone work and lush plantings. At the time of his death, Garr was working on the ongoing renovation of the Little America Hotel. Garr Campbell has left behind a legacy of beautiful gardens and monuments. His works act as constant reminders of the power of imagination and creativity.
Upon graduation from USU in 1970, Dave worked for Salt Lake County Parks, as well as landscape architecture firms in Utah and Florida. In 1973 he established David C. Racker & Associates. Notable projects were Salt Lake’s Abravenal Hall, American Express and Northwest Energy Buildings, the Delta Center plaza, and the Holy Cross Hospital Rose Gardens, which was awarded an ASLA Honor Award. Other projects included the Stein Ericksen Lodge and the St. George City and Washington County Office buildings. He also designed numerous municipal parks, office complexes, community master plans, and hundreds of residential landscapes throughout the intermountain area. He was also employed with Gillies Stranksy Brems Smith Architects, and as a Project Manager with the State of Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management, overseeing projects for the Department of Natural Resources.
He was appointed to the Utah State Licensing Board of Landscape Architecture and was lecturer and project juror for the U of U Department of Architecture and on the Advisory Board for USU LAEP department. He taught continuing education courses in residential landscape architecture.
He has been an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architectures since 1973, and served on and chaired many of its committees, both locally and nationally. He was elected to two consecutive terms as a national Trustee to ASLA, and in 1995 he was inducted to the ASLA Council of Fellows. That same year, he was also elected National Vice President of ASLA.
One of the most important things that David Racker promoted was a genuine attempt at better use of energy through a greater idea exchange. Racker saw a real need for more landscape architects to sit down with building architects and engineers and each share his area of expertise. That way, an esthetic design can be complemented by a beautiful and practical ground area surrounding. It is also the best way to be sure that energy is conserved, money is saved, and planning is most efficient.
Fauzi Abu Bakar
Fauzi Abu Bakar BLA ‘87 enrolled in LAEP at Utah State University, in 1983 after graduating from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) with Diploma in Agriculture. He was sponsored by the Malaysian Government to study at USU.
Fauzi graduated with a BLA in 1987 and worked in Salt Lake City for six months before returning to Malaysia. On his return to Kuala Lumpur in 1988, Fauzi has worked for an Architecture and Planning firm, Messrs Akitek Jururancang (M) Sdn Bhd as a Landscape Architect, participated in preparation of Development Masterplan of New Townships, Shopping and Commercial Complexes, Low and Medium Cost Housings, Leisure and Recreational Parks. In 1989 he was posted in Vietnam to oversee the design and planning for redevelopment projects in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
In 1992, Arkilandskap Sdn Bhd a landscape architecture consultancy firm was incorporated with Fauzi as Managing Director. Major projects undertaken were Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Langkawi International Airport, Sultan Ismail Petra Airport; Landscape Masterplan for PUTRAJAYA –A New Administrative Center; Landscape Masterplan for New Townships of PROTON CITY in Behrang, NUSAJAYA in Johor, SUNWAY housing and resort, shopping complexes such as Mid-Valley City (MegaMall), Kompleks Kota Raya in Johor. Then, in 1994, In-Site Design was incorporated for consultancy services in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Environmental planning. Fauzi was involved in Landscape Masterplanning and designing of New Townships of Tajurah, in Tripoli, Libya; New Township of Parand and Hashgerd in Iran and New Township in Ulaan Batur, Mongolia. In-Site Design has been involved extensively in planning, designing of Public Parks and Recreational Projects in Malaysia.
Since 1988, Fauzi was actively involved in establishing the Landscape Architecture profession as a new specialized field in the development and construction industry of Malaysia. He was a past president of the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) 1992-1996; Fellow Member of ILAM, Board Member of Discipline ILAM; Member, Board of Studies of MLA Programme for International Islamic University of Malaysia; Member, Board of Studies of PhD in Landscape Architecture Programme for University of Technology Malaysia; Member of National Accreditation Board in Landscape Architecture of ILAM and External Examiners to IIUM and UPM.
Larry H. Harmsen
Chief Operating Officer of ProLogis the Americas, the world's largest owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities. Larry Harmsen has overall responsibility for all aspects of business performance for ProLogis' operations in North and South America. He has been responsible for capital deployment in North America since July 2005.
Previous to this and since 2003, Mr. Harmsen had been responsible for capital deployment in North America's Pacific Region. Prior to this and since 1995, Mr. Harmsen oversaw ProLogis' Southern California market. Mr. Harmsen was a vice president and general partner of Lincoln Property Company for 10 years. Mr. Harmsen received his MBA from the University of Illinois, and both his BLA and BS in Business from Utah State University, where is a long-standing member of the LAEP Advisory Board. In 2004, Mr. Harmsen was president of the Southern California chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). He served as a director of the chapter from 2001 through 2004.
Jay enjoys creating relationships with new clients and orchestrating high quality creative solutions to the challenges projects may bring as Principal at MGB&A in Salt Lake City. He is often found on the frontlines with clients and the public explaining the pros and cons of options so those involved can make informed decisions and feel confident in the end product. This approachability coupled with his professional knowledge and experience of design and planning allow him the flexibility to deliver quality, creative, and well-planned solutions for the smallest of municipal parks to large scale, multi-million dollar projects.
Behind the scenes, Jay demands a positive work environment and frowns on using the word “can’t”. He knows there’s a solution for every problem and is determined to find it through research, creativity and drawing on the experience of those around him. Once the best solution is found, Jay ensures it is represented in a clear, complete and concise manner to avoid added time or expense to projects.
Jay received his Associate of Arts and Sciences from Ricks College and his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from Utah State University. He currently serves on the Murray City Historic Committee, Exchange Club of Murray, the Utah State University Landscape Architecture Advisory Board, and is professionally affiliated with the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners. Jay is a licensed landscape architect in six states and is a certified planner.
Blake Wright, a native of Providence, UT, has a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture and a Master’s in Business Administration from Utah State University. He is President of the firm Architectural Design West, which was founded in Logan in 1892 and is the oldest continually operating design firm west of the Mississippi. A few of Design West’s architectural projects include Mountainside Elementary School in Mendon, Widtsoe Hall at Utah State, McKay Dee Medical Center in Ogden, Logan City Environmental Center and the Utah Botanical Center’s sustainable Utah House.
Blake first worked for Architectural Design West as a delivery boy at the age of 16. In 1992, after graduating with his BLA, he became Head of the firm’s department of landscape architecture. He was named Chief Financial Officer in 2001, and managed to transform Design West from a struggling business on the brink of bankruptcy to the thriving architectural firm that it is today. In 2009, Blake became president of Architectural Design West, which allows him to interact intimately with both the business and design sides of the firm. He was recognized as one of three 2009 CFOs of the Year by Utah Business Magazine.
Blake serves on the River Heights City Council and spends much of his spare time with his wife, Kathy, and their three daughters.
For the past 25 years Curt Gordon has been involved in land planning and real estate development. He was born in 1959, the son of a Utah artist Royce Gordon. He grew up between the San Francisco Bay Area and Cache Valley. He served a two year mission for the LDS church in Toronto Canada, and married his high school sweetheart, Brenda Nelson. Curt attended Utah State University, where he obtained a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and is a recipient of the Morris Travel Fellowship.
With school behind him, he embarked on a successful career as a land planning consultant in Park City. He later went to work for the Silicone Valley defense contractor Lockheed Martin as a site development manager where engaged in project management and commercial real estate development.
By the late 1990’s Utah beckoned. He moved from California back to Cache Valley working as a city manager for several years. Leveraging his experience in the areas of development and government administration, he went to work for the State of Utah and was responsible for the planning and development of the States’ high value real estate holdings. Several years ago he accepted a position as the CEO of a private development company developing master planned communities in St. George where he works today.
Dale Schafer is a Senior Associate and Senior Designer with Thomas Balsley Associates in New York City. Mr. Schafer offers over 20 years of design and project management experience working with multidisciplinary teams to ensure that the landscape planning component is successfully realized. His experience with landscape planning on diverse project types such as urban open space revitalization, mixed-use developments, and medical and academic campuses is indicative of how he can successfully create exterior spaces that balance aesthetics, architectural relationships, programmatic issues and environmental concerns.
After graduating with his BLA from Utah State in 1987, Dale went on to obtain his MLA from the University of California at Berkeley, where he received the Barlow Award for Design Excellence. He is a registered Landscape Architect in New York and Massachusetts and has received first place in the Thomas Church Design Competition.
A small sampling of projects with which Dale has been involved includes the Magok Waterfront Master Plan in Seoul, Korea, Hunters Point Shipyard & Candlestick Point in San Francisco, Main Street Garden Park in Dallas, and Battery Park City Cinema Plaza in New York.
Joe Donaldson, ASLA is a Senior Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner in Salt Lake City at Environmental Planning Group (EPG). Mr. Donaldson has over 25 years of experience preparing complex, interdisciplinary projects that balance natural resource protection with public use requirements for access, recreation, and interpretation. Much of his work has involved planning and design for ecologically sensitive areas in and near urban environments, particularly in the wildland interface zone of urbanizing areas. He has served as principal-in-charge, project manager, landscape architect of record, or technical team member for projects for public use and access for environmentally sensitive areas; visual assessment studies for watersheds, energy, mining, development, roadway, and other projects; management plans, designs, and studies for recreation, trails, open space, wildlife refuge, and environmental education projects; habitat restoration and revegetation studies and plans; facilitation and consensus-building for diverse stakeholders and agencies; and environmental compliance and impact assessment. Mr. Donaldson’s experience has encompassed the full range of project planning, environmental impact assessment, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration.
Mr. Donaldson is a member of the Advisory Board for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District’s Conservation Garden Foundation, the Jordan River Task Force for the Foundation, the Advisory Board for LAEP, the Environment Technical Committee for Envision Utah, Jordan River planning process, and the Sustainability Committee for the Utah Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies. He chairs the Memorial Fund and Sustainability Committees for the Utah Chapter of ASLA and advises the Implementation Committee for the Blueprint Jordan River planning process.
John Ellsworth, Professor Emeritus/FASLA
John Ellsworth received his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from USU in 1982. Following a brief period at the University of Idaho, he joined the LAEP faculty in 1985, where he has remained for the past 23 years. He has taught many courses within the department, served as Graduate Program Director for many years, and been named LAEP Advisor of the Year on numerous occasions. John retired from Utah State University in 2009. He also is the President and Senior Landscape Architect, of Ellsworth and Associates, Landscape Architects, Inc. (EALA), in Logan, Utah.
John is known for his expertise in the application of computer visual simulation technology to the assessment of landscape scenic beauty. He has been involved with many research and consulting projects using this technology to understand the impacts of proposed developments (such as highways, surface mines and energy projects, and recreation developments) on public lands. John was elected Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2004, in the category “knowledge” for accomplishments in visual resource management & visual simulation, and online distance education. John has been involved in many public and private sector projects including the “Design and Development of a Context-Sensitive Visual Resource Assessment and Management (VRAM) System for the Utah Department of Transportation” and “Master Planning for an Environmental Education Center (EEC) End-Use for the Logan City/Cache County Landfill and Surrounding Landscape”. He has received much recognition for his professional work, including 11 awards from the Utah Chapter of the ASLA.
His work photographing the wildfire areas of Yellowstone National Park from 1988 to the present has kept him busy presenting his photographs and conclusions to conferences and other audiences especially in the 20th year since the fires.
Scott Gutting co-founded Energy Strategies in 1986. He leads the efforts of a team of economists, engineers, business strategists and financial analysts in Energy Strategies’ diverse consulting activities. These activities include regulatory consulting, energy procurement, energy project development, market intelligence and policy and strategy development. Since 1986 he has successfully completed hundreds of consulting engagements. These engagements have been completed for public and private sector clients including numerous Fortune 100 Companies.
Mr. Gutting is on the Board of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). WECC is one of 8 electric reliability councils in North America, encompassing an area equivalent to over half the United States and operating in three countries. WECC is responsible for assuring electric system reliability, supporting competitive markets and for coordinating the operating and planning activities of the western interconnected power grid.
Over his 21 year career in the private sector, Mr. Gutting has supported the development of over 6,000 MW of natural gas generation, transmission, hydroelectric, geothermal, cogeneration, solar, wind and biomass projects. In addition to his MLA from Utah State he has a BS in Environmental Science and Planning from Northern Arizona University.
Charles S. Carter has been Director of Land Use and Environmental Planning for Stanford University Land, Building and Real Estate since March of 2004. He was named acting Director of the University Architect and Planning Office (UAPO) in December 2003. He was promoted into the role from his previous position as Associate Director for Environmental and Community Planning. He is responsible for long range land use planning, including stewardship of land-based resources, land use permitting and entitlement, and coordination with local planning and regulatory agencies.
Charles graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning in 1979. He worked in private design offices in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area before he first joined the Stanford Planning Office in 1984 as a campus planner. He returned to Utah State to work in its Campus Planning Office where he planned such diverse facilities as a working dairy farm and a new engineering center. He returned to California to work as a City Planner in the East Bay before returning to Stanford in late 1988. Since then he has worked on a number of planning and development projects with emphasis in the Medical Center, foothills and rural lands, and resource management. As a campus planner, prior to focusing on environmental planning, he worked on numerous campus landscape, infrastructure and building projects. Most recently, he has been involved in obtaining and coordinating implementation of the General Use Permit (GUP); the master land use permit for the development of 2 million square-feet of academic facilities and 3000 housing units at the University. He is currently a key team member on the planning and entitlement team for a 1.5 million square-foot renewal and replacement project for Stanford University Medical Center
Charles currently serves on the Advisory Board for Utah State University Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He obtained a California Landscape Architects License in 1987.
Charles has been married to his wife Melanie (BS, Nutrition and Food Science, USU 1979) for 30 years. They have two children. Stephen is a bicycle mechanic and racer in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Victoria lives in New York City and works in the film industry (watch for her name in credits for Shine a Light). Charles enjoys cooking, camping, jazz and blues and, of course, fly fishing. He dearly misses cross-country skiing in the Wasatch and Bear River ranges.
Rick is Director of Design for EDAW San Diego. He graduated from Utah State University in 1979. Throughout his career, Rick has focused on the transformation of places with a balance of design, environment and art. Rick’s career has included work with Lawrence Halprin, ROMA Design Group, Wallace Roberts & Todd, Disney Imagineering, and the Bechtel Corporation. This range of expertise has created a unique approach that balances design expertise and project management skills.
In addition, Rick is a LEED Accredited Professional and is also certified as a Professional Project Manager (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.
Rick has expertise in project formulation, site design, and project management for large-scale, complex, and challenging projects. He has worked on projects throughout California and the United States, as well as Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Rick’s noted projects include Yerba Buena Gardens, The Embarcadero Waterfront Promenade, and the Ferry Building Plaza, all in San Francisco, as well waterfront design projects throughout California. Additional projects include EuroDisney in Paris France, and the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics.
David Barwick was one of the first licensed landscape architects in the State of California. From 1951-54 he was a landscape architect for Claude T. Lindsay Co. working on a housing development in Menlo Park and the US Geological Survey building. In 1954 he became the Chief Architect for Oliver Rousseau Organization in Hayward, CA designing homes for various housing projects and later in 1958 he became a general building contractor designing and building homes in Tustin and Santa Ana.
He was the project landscape architect from 1964-68 for Rossmoor Leisure Worlds in Laguna Hills, CA and Cranbury, NJ which was a planned community development for retirees. He joined Bechtel Corporation in 1969 as a project landscape architect designing various industrial projects and Calabasas Park, a 3000 acre planned community in Los Angeles County.
David retired from Bechtel in 1986 and continued his own consulting business for the cities of Moorpark, and Simi Valley, CA.
In 1998 he retired from active involvement as a landscape architect and continues to live in California.
He is also licensed in Arizona. David was a member of the 1985 Experts Panel for the Uniform National Examination for Landscape Architecture and is a member of ASLA.
Since graduating from Utah State University in 1951, Charles Everson’s vocational career has centered on construction and development with major contractors and developers throughout the world. He also planned projects for the United States Air Force. Many of the projects for civilian and military use have had landscaping involved in some aesthetic way.
Charles has been involved in some of the largest land development projects in the world including: real estate investigations, directing the design of construction, planning, engineering, architecture and landscaping of complete new communities and cities. Charles has expertise in Senior Citizen communities, high rise and residential buildings, recreational communities, prefabrication of civilian and military housing, dredging operations, marina development, and industrial programs. His positions in these development programs have been as Owner Representative, Vice President, Director, Project Manager, Manager of Engineering/Architecture, and Landscape Architect.
Charles retained his own company of CA Everson and Associates which focuses on land planning, landscape architecture, and construction of the projects. He still does landscaping and consulting.
As the financial programs of the United States have increased since World War II, the costs of land and the building demands have increased from a few thousand dollars into millions and billions of dollars. The development projects have been advanced to unbelievable costs. Many years ago, the lot sizes to develop were housing size. This has now exponentially grown to potentially thousands of acres in one project. Charles’ largest project was 205,000 acres in Saudi Arabia (1982-1985).
Linda Snyder joined Tufts University in October of 2012 as Vice President for Operations. She is responsible for overseeing facilities, construction, public and environmental safety, dining, space management and planning and real estate, while interfacing with students, faculty, the general public, staff and administrators.
Prior to her position at Tufts, Ms. Snyder was the Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities at Dartmouth College. There, she oversaw the completion of $265 million in major capital projects while maintaining a strong commitment to sustainability across all aspects of campus life and operations. Previously, she was the Associate Executive Dean of Physical Resources and Planning at Harvard University. While at Harvard, she oversaw the planning, design, construction, and operation of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences building complex of approximately 9 million square feet, including classrooms, laboratories, offices, student housing and museum space.
From 1997-2005 Ms. Snyder was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority. At the Authority, she managed a staff that provided $300 million in bond financing and design construction services to the nine public state colleges. She pioneered an innovative project delivery process for public agencies that was subsequently written into the Massachusetts law. While at the State College Building Authority, Ms. Snyder directed construction of 1800 new student beds and renovation of 8000 beds in buildings at the State Colleges, and many site improvement projects that were characterized as transformative by College presidents. From 1993-1997, she managed the construction of the Chelsea school system in an innovative partnership for urban school reform between the City of Chelsea, Boston University and the Commonwealth.
Ms. Snyder holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Utah State University and is a 1996/97 Harvard University Loeb Fellow. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Fitchburg State College in 2006. She is a trustee and member of the Finance Committee of Riverside.
Ms. Snyder lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, Steven Kadish.
Prashanta Bhat came to Utah State University in 1989 to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture. Coming to cold, sparsely populated Logan from India was not easy. While most students from India who were at USU studied engineering or business and didn’t have to keep long studio hours, he remembers how Dick Toth inspired him to remain in the department. Being his advisor, Dick encouraged him to keep a sketch book and be passionate about design during the Basic Design course that Prashanta took. He also fondly remembers the encouragement and support the faculty gave him during his years at USU.
He attributes his being in the profession to Utah State University’s strong LAEP program. The program really grounded him with a strong foundation in the field of landscape architecture. While at Utah State, Prashanta was involved in various university activities including serving as President of the International Students Council.
Upon his graduation in 1992, Prashanta went to University of Pennsylvania to pursue a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, and eventually returned to India in 1996 to open a new landscape architecture design wing in his father’s horticulture business. In 2000 he branched out to start THE LANDSCAPE COMPANY. The Landscape Company is today involved in design with projects all over India. In 2006 Society Interiors awarded Prashanta the Honour Award in Landscape Architecture category for The Landscape Company’s contribution to the profession in India. Prashanta also contributes by writing to various journals and teaches part-time at various design colleges in Bangalore.
In 2001, with the help of a grant from Marie Eccles Caine Foundation, Prashanta came to USU to do a 2 week charette with senior students.
Prashanta has spent extended period of time in France and speaks French as well as English, Hindi, Kannada and other local Indian languages. Prashanta is a member of the LAEP advisory board and traveled from India to attend the fall ‘06 meeting.
Michael Fotheringham received his MLA from Utah State University in 1978. His bachelor’s degree is from Brigham Young University. He has practiced as a landscape architect in Canada and the United States for the past 28 years. Northern California has been his focus for the last 25 years, completing residential, recreational and commercial projects.
MD Fotheringham, Landscape Architects, Inc., was established in 1992, and Michael holds registration as a Landscape Architect in California and Nevada.
He has served as Northern California Chapter President of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Director of the California Council of ASLA. He contributed to program curriculum development and directed graphics and design studios at the University of California at Berkeley, UC Extension Certificate Program in Landscape Architecture from 1981 to 1987. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Davis in the Landscape Architecture Program from 1994 to 2004. Currently he serves as a member of the Arts Commission in Walnut Creek, California.
Since 1992, MD Fotheringham, Landscape Architects, Inc., has specialized in residential community development, designing over 100 neighborhoods in Northern California. The City and County of San Francisco awarded Michael and April Philips winners and design lead for the $25 million Union Square Improvement Project. The redesigned Union Square opened in July, 2002.
Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards including: American Society of Landscape Architects - Student Honor Award, 1978; National Peace Garden Design Competition Traveling Exhibition Finalist, 1989; and the American Society of Landscape Architects, Northern California Chapter, Award of Merit, 1992. MD Fotheringham won the design competition for Pleasanton Central Park, Pleasanton, California. The firm has been selected by the Pleasanton City Council to consult with the City on various planning and implementation phases of the 318-acre park project.
Michael Shneider is the founder and principal designer of Orange Street Studio. Intimately involved with each project from the conceptual design to the construction phase, Michael believes in carrying through good ideas on paper into actual physical spaces.
He has 25 years of professional experience in landscape architecture and urban design, bringing a wealth of design, planning and construction experience to the company. As a project manager/designer at Sasaki Associates, Los Angeles, he was responsible for the renovation of Ventura Pier, the master plan for the Santa Monica Beach Prominade improvement and the Sen Golf Course complex in Sendai, Japan. At Carr-Lynch, Cambridge he was project designer for a wide range of projects including parks, housing developments, and large scale urban developments. He has served as visiting critic at Cal Poly Pomona School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, and the University of Southern California Planning Department. He has participated in the American Institute of Architecture Urban Design Committee and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.
He received a citation award from the American Institute of Architects Portland Chapter for Park Northwest Project. In 2003, he received the Design Merit Award for the Emerson Residence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Michael Schneider holds an MLA from Harvard Graduate School of Design and received his BLA with honors from USU. He has been the recipient of Travel Fellowships in Europe and the Middle East, and as a student an ASLA award of honor.
Don Barron graduated Magna Cum Laude from Utah State University, Department of Landscape Architecture in 1972. Since leaving Utah State he has had an illustrious career providing professional consulting, planning and design services within a wide range of project types and through a diverse variety of regional, social and environmental characteristics. He has participated on projects primarily in the Canadian provinces and its Northern Territories, but also in the high Arctic, the United States, China, South America and the Caribbean.
He is a Fellow and Life Member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, a Life Member of the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects and an Honorary Member of the Royal Landscape Institute of Great Britain. He is active internationally as a board member (representing Canada) and as chair of the International Landscape Architecture Alliance (ILA). This group represents approximately 80% of landscape architects in the world.
Don and his firm, Don Barron & Associates Consultants Ltd., have won numerous awards, and he volunteers his time on several Boards of Directors. Don is a proficient watercolor artist and enjoys various hobbies such as sailing, fly fishing, photography and woodworking. He and his wife Marilyn currently live in Sidney, B.C. near Victoria.
A.L. "Ron" Elhert
Ron Ehlert was the outstanding student award winner in LAEP for both his junior and senior years before graduating in 1968. Upon graduation he spent a short time with Alberta Parks and Recreation in Edmonton, Alberta then moved to Calgary to work with a private firm. He then founded Landplan, a firm that has operated continuously since 1971 and has become one of the leading award winning firms in Canada. Landplan provides planning and design expertise for parks and recreation facilities, urban and resort complexes and residential and institutional projects.
While still actively consulting for Landplan, Ron started a construction company, Landtree Developments. As a principal with Landplan he has been able to fulfill his passion for golf by designing and constructing several golf courses. In 1988, he designed and developed an 18-hole course called Elbow Springs Golf Club. In 1995, 9 additional holes were added making it one of Calgary’s premier golf courses.
With his success at Elbow Springs he negotiated the development of another 18-hole golf course which will open in 2007, and has acquired land for another 27-hole course. This course is still in the planning, design and development phase with construction in the spring of 2006, and open for play in 2008.
With the recent introduction of the two new golf courses, Mr. Ehlert has formed the Windmill Golf Group which will look to additional golf course developments. The group consists of Ron and his immediate family members and during the golf season will employ 300 people. Hopefully, with all this, Ron still finds time to play a few rounds.
Wendell Morse graduated from USU with his Bachelor of Science degree and attended graduate school at the University of Illinois. He worked as a landscape architect in Alberta, Canada and returned in 1969 to Logan where he was the Campus Planner for Utah State and an instructor in LAEP. In 1982, he became the Director of Campus Planning.
As Director he prepared and secured approval for the campus master plan. He was responsible for implementation, refinement and revisions during a time of significant growth and improvement. The USU campus we see today is a direct result of Wendell’s leadership. Professor Johnson said, “before Wendell’s plans were implemented the campus was a collection of city blocks with traffic to contend with.” He was named University Professional Employee of the Year in 1998.
Wendell has also worked as a private consultant on projects such as the Eccles Ice Arena, the Cache County Office Building and Court House renovation and the new Logan Fire Station. Wendell retired from his position as Director of Development Services and County Wide Planner for Cache County.
Wendell and his wife, Linda are members and past co-presidents of the Utah State University Old Main Society and serve on local committees for fund raising such as the Children’s Library for Hyde Park. His additional interests include travel, art collecting, gardening, skiing and tennis.
Dr. Edward (Ted) Cook is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University. He received his BS in Landscape Architecture at Washington State University, his MLA in 1984 from Utah State, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Wageningen University, Netherlands. Ted has been a faculty member at ASU for 20 years and has served Program Coordinator in the School of Planning and Architecture from 1984-2004. He was instrumental in establishing ASU’s International Field Studies Program and serves as the summer program director. Ted’s interests lie in the areas of ecological networks, urban ecology, riparian and wetlands planning, and bioengineering in landscape architecture. In 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Chair in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Algarve, Portugal.
Blaise Grden is a landscape architect with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, MS. He is an expert in the use of GIS for master planning and has served on numerous district GIS committees. Grden completed the first Master Plan for a Corps Water Resource Project that fully used GIS technology and demonstrated the data set at the Pentagon, the Library of Congress, and throughout Corps of Engineers Districts. He was a Product Manager and Designer of the Digital Project Notebook, a Web-based format of project maps and index sheets for the Corps. Blaise previously worked at the Walla Walla District in Washington State where he received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for GIS and Database and the Tri-service GIS/Spatial Data Standards. He also received the 1994 Architectural Award for the landscape architecture on the Walla Walla District Headquarters Building. He has authored many publications, including “The Interrelationship of Geographic Information Systems with Master Plans and Operational Management Plan.” He is currently working on the creation of a national Corps Master Plan Program to encourage planning and the use of GIS throughout the Corps of Engineers.
Charles “Chuck” Houghten received his MLA in ‘84 from Utah State. He began his career working as a refuge planner for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Soda Springs, Idaho. Since 2000, Chuck has been the Refuge Planning Division Chief, Region 1 in Portland, Oregon for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Refuge Planning. As the director he is responsible for comprehensive conservation planning, land protection planning and National Wildlife Refuge System GIS mapping. In 2001, he received a Special Recognition Award for developing and guiding conservation planning efforts in Region 1 and in 2003, was recognized by the Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System for work as one of the lead authors of “Refuge Planning for the NWRS.”
Julie Johnson graduated in 1984 with a BLA. She was valedictorian for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences with a 4.00 GPA. She also received the faculty medal at the LAEP banquet 21 years ago. Julie went on to graduate school at MIT receiving a Master of City Planning in 1988. After graduation she became a senior planner in urban design at Hillsboroug County City/County Planning Commission in Tampa Florida. Her academic experience started in 1992 as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida and later moved to Seattle as an Asst. Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and an adjunct Associate Professor in Architecture at the University of Washington.
In the mid-80’s Mark Raming joined SWCA Environmental Consultants in Tucson, Arizona where he developed a practice of natural resources analysis, management and planning. Since that time he has been actively engaged in the growth and development of SWCA’s practice, which provides natural resources and cultural management and planning services.
Mark opened SWCA’s Utah office in 1992. He currently serves as SWCA’s Vice President of corporate development, coordinating the activities of 18 offices and 300 employees from the Pacific Rim to the Gulf coast.
SWCA’s environmental planning practice has included the Grand Canyon River Management Plan for the National Park Service; Moab and Monticello Resource Management Plans for the Bureau of Land Management; Desert National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan for US Fish and Wildlife Service and Environmental Protection guidelines for Wuyishan near Mt. Wuyi, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Fujian Province, China.
Nola Chavez - BLA, '81
Jill Cowley - MLA, '87
Stuart Loosli - BS, '65
Huda Ibrahim - BLA, '88
Randy Sorensen, FASLA - BLA, '80
Jack Zunino, FASLA - BLA, '84
Garth M. Balls
Garth Balls received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Utah State University in 1976, also receiving the ASLA’s Certificate of Merit that year. He accepted an offer to work in Calgary, Alberta for the summer and has lived there ever since. Garth is owner and principal of Landplan Associates Ltd., a 10-12 person landscape architectural firm practicing in western Canada. His professional focus has been site planning and design. The firm has received numerous CSLA awards since Garth became a principal—most recently receiving a National Honor Award for Shaw Millennium Park, a dynamic addition to Calgary’s open space system that is home to the world’s largest outdoor skate park. Other notable projects include Kananaskis Village, site of the 2002 G-8 Summit; the Banff Downtown Enhancement Plan; SMED International Corporate Headquarters; Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology; and the Calgary Urban Parks Master Plan. In July 2002, Landplan entered into a design alliance with Design Workshop, some of whose partners are Garth’s classmates from USU, Garth is a member of the CSLA, the ASLA, and is currently serving on the Organizing Committee for the 2003 IFLA World Congress to be held in Calgary in May, 2003.
Walter D. Bremer
Shortly after graduating in 1977, Walter Bremer began teaching at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. During the four years at Ball State, he taught in the introductory design area and, building on his experience at Utah State, developed a geographic information system (GIS) program for the department. In 1981, Walt headed west again, this time to San Luis Obispo, California where he continued with his academic career at Cal Poly State University.
In addition to teaching in many areas of landscape architecture, the integration of technology in to education and the profession continues to be a strong interest for Walt. He is active in numerous committees and groups to explore relevant technologies and processes that have direct application to landscape architecture. Exploration of how the range of computing activities fits into the design process is of particular importance today with technology changing so rapidly. Multimedia is another area of importance that is currently engaging much of Walt’s time.
Walt continues to actively pursue his interests in geographic information system technologies. He created the GIS program at Cal Poly and is a major player on the central coast of California as GIS becomes an important tool in the environmental decision making process. He directs the Department’s Geographic Information System Technology research unit (GIST – http://landarch.calpoly.edu/gislab) which has undertaken a wide range of projects at various scales.
Walt has been actively engaged in department and university level curriculum development and is a member of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cal Poly. He has presented several papers at conferences in the US and Canada describing a process underway at Cal Poly and has developed workshops for the university.
Kenneth R. Brooks, FASLA
Ken Brooks is a professor of landscape architecture at Kansas State University. He holds professional licensure in Kansas and Missouri. He has been teaching for over 25 years. Ken served as the program coordinator at Washington State University and as the director of the graduate program at Kansas State University. His primary areas of expertise and most of his instructional activities are natural resource planning, computing technologies, design education and landscape architectural research methods. He especially enjoys mentoring graduate and advanced undergrad students with research and applied professional scholarship. Among his achievements are integrating computing technology into the design curriculum at KSU. K-State was one of the first programs to have networked computers on each student’s desk in the studio with digital technologies a regular part of almost every course in the curriculum.
Ken is a founding member and former director, vice president and president of Sigma Lambda Alpha, the Landscape Architecture Honor Society. He has also served as president of the Prairie Gateway ASLA Chapter and as a chair of several LAAB accreditation site visitation teams.
His undergraduate degree was completed at Colorado State University in 1974 and his Master’s of Landscape Architecture degree was completed in 1977 at Utah State University, where he taught plant materials as a graduate teaching assistant.
Ken has professional design experience as a consultant and design firm principal. Most professional commissions have been recreation facilities design or large-scale resource planning for private and public clients. He has also been engaged in professional service to his community, currently sitting as the president of the Manhattan, KS Historic Resources Board.
Ken is married and has two daughters. His wife, also a professional educator, was recently recognized as one of the Kansas Teacher of the Year finalists. His recreational interests and social activities include cooking, travel and giving about 25 concerts or performances last year singing with the local barbershop chorus.
S.J. Camarata, Jr.
S. J. is a director of ESRI, Inc. (Environmental Systems Research Institute), a global GIS software development and consulting firm. He is also a co-founder and executive vice president of EBT Mobile Scanners, LLC, a holding and operating company for mobile medical diagnostics technology and services. He is on the Board of Directors of OpenGIS, Inc. and NovaLIS Technologies, Inc., and is a member of the Executive Roundtable Advisory Board for the Oregon Environmental Council. S.J. has a BS degree from the University of Utah and an MLA degree from Utah State University (where he serves on the LAEP Advisory Board). Previously he was president of GeoStrategies and was co-founder and vice president of IRIS International, Inc.
S.J. lives near Bend, Oregon with his wife Daryl (also a former LAEP student) and their two kids. He enjoys spending time with his family along with skiing, fly fishing, camping, mountain biking, riding horses, and occasionally floating down a river.
Robert W. Smith
Bob’s love of landscape architecture, in concert with his generous spirit and teacher’s heart, compels him to mentor those who follow in his professional footsteps. He believes that every project should be conducted in a collaborative environment, and understands the importance of incorporating natural and cultural aspects into a site. In relentless devotion to the profession, Bob has dedicated hundreds of hours on projects ranging from memorials, to parks, to the restoration and preservation of forests and national parks. Perhaps Bob’s greatest accomplishment is mentoring landscape architects. As president of the Denver, Colorado firm DHM, he inspires a new approach. He continues to generously share his knowledge of greenway planning, park design, sustainability, public process, memorial design, urban design and, most importantly, how to be an outstanding landscape architect.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial—Keystone, South Dakota
Bob Smith, leading a team of architects and engineers, transformed a belovedly worn memorial accommodating 75,000 visitors per year into a place of new inspiration able to sustain and enhance the experience of 25,000 visitors each day. Over a 10-year span, Bob and his inspired team created a new and greatly expanded experience for Memorial visitors.
South Platte River Greenway—Denver, Colorado
Bob drew upon his creativity and practical recreational design experience to create design standards and safety guidelines for pedestrian trails, pocket parks and bicycle paths along the river. Part of one of the nation’s most celebrated inner city renewals, the greenway supports diverse species of plants and animals, while providing the community with activities and renewal of spirit.
Sequoia National Park, Giant Forest—Three Rivers, California
With only 75 Giant Sequoia tree groves left in the world, Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest is one of our country’s most precious resources, but, after years of visitor use, it was in grave danger. With Bob’s vision, buildings were carefully relocated in clear areas between fir thickets, trees and rock outcroppings, minimizing further ecological damage.
Richard K. Sutton, FASLA
Dr. Richard K. Sutton teaches landscape design and practices landscape architecture in Lincoln, Nebraska. He currently coordinates the landscape design option in the Agronomy and Horticulture Department at UNL, where he teaches plant materials, construction and design. The most recent of his nearly three dozen professional and popular publications was as co-author of Woody Plants for the Northern and Central Prairies. Research he conducted into an understanding scale in rural landscape received a Merit Award from the Great Plains ASLA Chapter.
His firm, Landscape Architectural Services, has engaged in residential, commercial and public projects, including streetscapes, urban wetland restoration, bio-engineering, and park restoration and design. In 2001, he completed a master landscape plan for Central Community College at Hastings, Nebraska emphasizing the use of native and adapted plants. He serves on several local boards and has chaired the McAdams Park Mater Planning Committee for his neighbors in the East Campus Community Organization.
Richard received his B.S. in Forest Biology from Colorado State University, his MLA from Utah State University and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is married and has two sons.
Jerry W. Fuhriman received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. His early professional work was related to the planning of wildlife refuges throughout the United States. Fuhriman spent many years in higher education, teaching at the School of Architecture at University of Minnesota, the Urban Planning Department at the University of Illinois and the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Jerry joined the faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University in 1971. His teaching activities focused on both basic and advanced landscape architecture design, graphics, site analysis, and introduction to landscape architecture. He also served as graduate program coordinator, undergraduate program coordinator, and department head. In 1992 Fuhriman conceived and initiated the Native American Environmental Design Alliance. The Alliance was organized to promote opportunities for Native American students interested in pursuing an education in environmental planning. Alliance members participated in many design projects of importance to Native American communities. Prior to early retirement in the spring of 1998, Fuhriman was honored as the recipient of the Utah State University President’s Diversity Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of the Year Award and the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers’ Outstanding Service Award.
As an artist Jerry is well known for his watercolor and oil paintings. Fuhriman’s paintings are consistent award winners and are found in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States, Japan, Australia and Europe. His work may be found in major fine art galleries throughout the western states. Jerry’s work was selected for exhibition in Osaka, Paris and London as part of the 2001-2002 One Heart-One World international traveling exhibit.
Craig B. Hanchett
Craig is a principal at Royston, Hanamoto, Alley & Abey, Landscape Architects, with offices located in Mill Valley, California and San Francisco, California. He has been practicing landscape architecture for 37 years and has been involvedin all types of Royston, Hanamoto, Alley & Abey’s projects including several park and urban design related projects in Taiwan, Republic of China. Craig developed the firm’s quality control system and is responsible for overseeing construction documentation and construction review for the firm’s projects.
University of Illinois, MLA
Utah State University, BLA
College of Southern Utah, Associate Arts Degree, Building Construction
Landscape Architect, State of California #1241
American Society of Landscape Architects
Instructor, U.C. Berkeley, Department of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Construction and Materials, 1983-85 Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Summer Garden Fellowship Award, 1964
Mr. Miyabara is the principal of Miyabara Associates, an award winning landscape architectural firm located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The firm, founded in 1977, has broad experience in site planning, landscape and urban design, environmental studies and recreational design throughout the State of Hawaii and the Pacific Region.
Over the years, Mr. Miyabara has participated in the design and construction of more than five hundred projects ranging from resort and residential landscape design to parks and major public areas and civic spaces. He has also been responsible for the land and resource planning of large regional areas and communities.
In addition to his executed works, Mr. Miyabara has been active in the American Society of Landscape Architects, serving as a Trustee for the Hawaii Chapter. He was elected to the ASLA Council Fellows in 1996.
Throughout his career, Mr. Miyabara has based his practice on the highest principles of the profession of landscape architecture. He is dedicated to the preservation of our natural resources and the enhancement of the built environment to create places and spaces which people can fully experience and enjoy.
• University of Hawaii Health and Wellness Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
• The Coconut Plantation, Ko Olina, Hawaii
• Four Seasons Resort, Makena, Hawaii
• Waikiki Comprehensive Landscape Plan, Waikiki, Hawaii
• Ko Olina marina, Ko Olina Resort, Hawaii
• Kaka’ako Waterfront Park, Honolulu, Hawaii
• Queen Kapiolani Regional Park, Waikiki, Hawaii
David Bell - BLA, '70 Mark launched his career with Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Massachusetts, immediately after graduating from USU in 1981. He left ten years later to form his own landscape architectural practice in Dallas but returned to Sasaki in 1995. He has since become a principal with the company, overseeing the work of some 250 landscape architects. Mark has, of course, contributed to numerous projects that have made Sasaki justifiably renowned. The best known of his achievements may be Legoland, the $165 million amusement park in Carlsbad, California. Mark coordinated design and served as overall supervisor and project manager. His work included water features, lighting of landscape ‘showscapes’, and all site improvements. Mark is the principal in charge of design and implementation of the master plan of water frontage uses for National Harbor in Washington, DC, a development along the Potomac River. His designs will include a new water front promenade, dock space, plazas, and landscape along the entire two miles of the development’s river frontage. Other highlights of his work as a landscape architect and planner include the Green Garden Residential Development in Jakarta, Indonesia; the Hayden Library Expansion at Arizona State University in Tempe; and the Choctaw Center and Resort and the Choctaw Casino in Philadelphia, Mississippi. A member of ASLA, Mark is registered in 10 states, as well as with CLARB (the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards). He is a member of the LAEP Advisory Board.
Bruce Jorgenson - BLA, '69
Mark Dawson - BLA, '81
Mark launched his career with Sasaki Associates, Watertown, Massachusetts, immediately after graduating from USU in 1981. He left ten years later to form his own landscape architectural practice in Dallas but returned to Sasaki in 1995. He has since become a principal with the company, overseeing the work of some 250 landscape architects.
Mark has, of course, contributed to numerous projects that have made Sasaki justifiably renowned. The best known of his achievements may be Legoland, the $165 million amusement park in Carlsbad, California. Mark coordinated design and served as overall supervisor and project manager. His work included water features, lighting of landscape ‘showscapes’, and all site improvements.
Mark is the principal in charge of design and implementation of the master plan of water frontage uses for National Harbor in Washington, DC, a development along the Potomac River. His designs will include a new water front promenade, dock space, plazas, and landscape along the entire two miles of the development’s river frontage.
Other highlights of his work as a landscape architect and planner include the Green Garden Residential Development in Jakarta, Indonesia; the Hayden Library Expansion at Arizona State University in Tempe; and the Choctaw Center and Resort and the Choctaw Casino in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
A member of ASLA, Mark is registered in 10 states, as well as with CLARB (the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards). He is a member of the LAEP Advisory Board.
Stuart Macdonald - MLA, '79
Theodore Walker, FASLA - BS, '57
Burton Taylor - BS, '48 (posthumous)
Jay L. Nielson - BLA, '72
Renee Tietjen - BLA, '74
Randal William Jackson
Randy Jackson is Principal-in-Charge of planning and design, as well as landscape architecture, at The Planning Center in Costa Mesa, CA. He has been responsible for developing unique land use and community concepts for award-winning communities built around and integrating open space, park and recreation systems. Some of the more significant planning studies he has been involved in and managed include: the Wood Ranch Specific Plan and Simi Valley; the Bighorn Master Plan in Palm Desert; the Temecula General Plan for the new City of Temecula; and the La Paloma Resort Master Plan in Tucson.
Randy has a wide range of park and open space planning and landscape architecture experience with both public and private concerns throughout the western and southwestern United States and the Pacific Basin. He has also served as Chairman of a 13-member Urban Design Commission that was appointed by the Pima County, Arizona, Board of Supervisors.
Sumner worked as a wildlife and fisheries biologist for the State of Utah in the 1970s until he discovered Utah State’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and decided to get his BLA. He has since created his own design firm, Swaner Design, has served on the Utah Open Lands Board and the Utah Department of Commerce Landscape Architects, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. In 2002, Sumner was asked to speak at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development.
In 2003, he established the Swaner Green Space Institute, along with the Sumner M. Swaner Endowment Professorship, within the LAEP Department. The institute and professorship served to expand the methods, knowledge and application of green space principles in community design. Through 2011 the Swaner Professorship focused upon research in green space concepts as developed through projects in the Intermountain West. Today that research has evolved into a broad array of planning and design studies relating to sustainable development in the 21st century, with the work of Dr. Carlos Licon forging a new era of critical lands research.
Sumner created the Center for Green Space Design, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space. Through this institution, he conducts community development meetings to help a community define “open space” in their own terms by using the “CEDAR” method, which encompasses cultural, ecological, developmental, agricultural and recreational elements of the landscape.
Sumner loves spending his spare time with his two children, Pamela and Sumner, and he also enjoys skiing, golfing, backpacking, hiking and hunting.
J. Robert Behling - BLA, '73
Laura Garibotti Wiberg - BLA, '78
Mark Johnson is a leading landscape architect and urban designer known for his creative approach and broad experience in the design of public spaces and institutional landscapes across the country. As a principal of Civitas his work has gained recognition for Civitas as a firm that is setting new directions in landscape architecture. With this background in urban design, he emphasizes the opportunities for people to find exciting, enjoyable places in the city as a critical counterpoint to conventional urban spaces.
Mark has played a leadership role in many significant recent projects in the Rocky Mountain region including principal designer for the new Denver International Airport Landscape, a multibillion dollar project designed to expose millions of visitors annually to the diverse beauty of Denver and its region. He is also principal urban designer for the RTD Metro Areas Connection Light Rail line in central Denver and principal in charge of landscape design for the Clark County Government Center in Las Vegas. Perhaps his most prominent local work has been as designer of the campus master plan and reconstruction of the Auraria Higher Education Center in downtown Denver. He has been responsible for site designs of corporate facilities, streetscapes, campuses, and redevelopment plans which are significant and appropriate to their regional environments across the country. Mark is also leading the urban design charge for the rehabilitation of the Los Angeles River into an open space amenity for the community.
Mark maintains an active role in the development of design thinking and professional affairs. His contributions include numerous lectures, three AIA R UDAT teams and service as juror for both the national Award Program of American Society of Landscape Architects and the Colorado Chapter ASLA Design Awards. He is a frequent visiting critic, serving at the University of Pennsylvania, Utah State University and the University of Colorado. In 1992 he was made chairman of the Editorial Advisory Committee of Landscape Architecture magazine and was a speaker at the Denver Art Museum lecture series and the Utah Design Arts Council Symposium.
Mr. Johnson’s education includes a Master’s in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University (1982) and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Magna Cum Laude from Utah State University (1975).
Todd D. Johnson
Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He has international experience in Canada, Japan and Israel and was a founding member of Civitas, where the diversity of his cultural experience gave him a critical eye to conventional design solutions and allowed the firm to maintain its innovative approach to the most challenging projects.
Todd’s expertise in landscape analysis and master planning was instrumental in achieving an inventive plan for a golf course and wellness resort in Kochi, Japan that exceeded the client’s expectations for the design of an environmentally sensitive resort. Todd was responsible for coordinating the planning of the Kananaskis Valley site selection and development plan for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. In 1982, he received a fellowship from Harvard as consultant to the city engineer in Jerusalem, leading to a year of study to develop proposals for the redevelopment of open lands surrounding the Old City. In 1984 the project was awarded First Prize in Urban Design by Progressive Architecture magazine.
Todd has focused his efforts in the planning and design of urban redevelopment and brownfield sites and has worked on redevelopment and urban design projects across the world. He currently works for Design Workshop in Denver, Colorado.
Richard Shaw, FASLA
Richard Shaw is a principal in the office of Design Workshop in Aspen, Colorado. He is a Logan native, the son of USU Professor Emeritus Richard J. Shaw of the Department of Biology. Leaving his Cache Valley home behind, Richard went to work at Brauer & Associates in the Minneapolis area. He received an MLA at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he won the Jacob Weidenmann Prize in 1976. He joined the fledgling firm of Design Workshop in 1976, shortly after its opening in Aspen, and has played an instrumental role in its development as one of the top landscape architectural firms in the country.
Richard has gained recognition for his work on a wide variety of project types and scales, ranging from major year-round resort communities to single family residential design. A sampling of projects on which he has managed principal design responsibility include the Aizu Resort, Fushima Prefecture, Japan; Aspen Mountain Base Redevelopment, Colorado; Baqueria Beret, Pyrenees, Spain; Blackcomb Resort, Whistler, British Columbia; Canyon Village Redevelopment, Yellowstone National Park; the Estrella Resort, Goodyear, Arizona, and the North Lake Tahoe Tourism Plan, Lake Tahoe, California.
Richard has won numerous honors and awards for his work with the office, including a Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) National Merit Award for the Banff Downtown Enhancement Plan, 1993, both the CSLA and ASLA National Merit Awards for the Bow Canmore Corridor Visual Impact Assessment, 1991, and the CSLA National Merit Award for Kananaskis Village, 1989. He was also the recipient of the 2009 ASLA Design Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Clark Ostergaard - BLA, '64
Reed Stalder - BS, '55
Lyle Gomm - BFA, '66
Delmar Price - BS, '59
Mary Herzog Parkin - BLA, '79
Vern received his Associate of Science from Snow College in 1959, his BLA from Utah State in 1965, and his MLA from the University of Illinios in 1967. He is a charter member of Sigma Lambda Alpha, the national honor society for Landscape Architecture. Vern was a full time faculty member in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from 1967 to 2003 and was one of the major participants in building the Department’s national reputation for quality education.
Vern’s teaching focus included advanced design studios, landscape construction, and a variety of courses in site design and planning. He received the Department’s Teacher of the Year Award four times and Advisor of the Year Award once. Much of his success in the classroom came from his belief that practical application of classroom information is the best teacher, and there are a number of landscape projects throughout the community and the University that are the result of his efforts in this area.
Vern served on a number of university and college committees during his time at USU, including the Faculty Senate, Physical Facilities Planning Committee, General Education and the Utah State University Research and Technology Park Board. He is also a member of the Landscape Architects Board: Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing for the State of Utah. He is licensed to practice landscape architecture in the State of Utah.
Throughout his tenure at USU, Vern was actively engaged in the private and public practice of landscape architecture. Taking advantage of the summer months, he worked for the firms of Land-Plan Associates Calgary, Canada; Design Exchange, Seattle, Washington; Bio-West, Logan, and several public agencies, namely the Edmonton City Parks Department, Edmonton, Canada; the US Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition he has been a private design consultant for numerous residential landscapes and several parks and recreation designs for the City of Idaho Falls and the Southeast Idaho Council of Governments. Several of the projects in which he has been a major contributor have received regional and national recognition for excellence in design and planning by professional associations such as AILA and APA.
Roger P. Fickes
Roger Fickes worked as a field supervisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture just after high school until he attended Pennsylvania State University, where he received a BS in landscape architecture. During his time at Penn State, Roger worked as an intern for the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks.
Roger earned his BLA from Utah State University in 1973, after which he took a job as a landscape architect for the Bureau of State Parks, where he was heavily involved in recreation planning.
In 1976, Roger was appointed Chief of the State and Local Coordination Section in the Bureau of Resources Programming. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Chairman of the Pennsylvania Wild and Scenic Rivers Task Force. In 1988, he became Chief of the Division of Rivers and Wetlands Conservation, where he directed the study, designation and implementation of the Wetlands Protection Action Plan.
In 1992, Roger was appointed Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, where he continues to manage the parks system for the entire state.
Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA
Carol completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University in 1973, with a specialization in interior design, and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from Utah State University in 1977. She moved to Portland in 1977 where she was a landscape architect for the firms of Warner, Walker & Macy and John Warner Associates over the next six years.
In 1983 Carol started her own practice, and in 1987 formed a partnership with Michael Reed to expand their multidiscipline design practice, called Mayer/Reed, which provides landscape architecture, urban design and visual communications services throughout the Pacific Northwest. Since then Carol and Michael have collaborated on a campus design study and gateways for the Microsoft Corporation campus, the design of the Portland Police Memorial, the signage master plan for the 40 Mile Loop and the landscape and signage component of the Washington State University, Vancouver Campus master plan.
Public project experience includes Sellwood Riverfront Park, master plan for The Oaks Amusement Park, the Tropical Africa exhibit at the metro Washington Park Zoo and the Middle Oregon Indian Museum at Warm Springs. Corporate commissions include executive courtyards for the Hewlett-Packard Vancouver campus and the Tektronix Wilsonville campus.
E. Greg McPherson
E. Greg McPherson earned a Bachelor’s of General Studies from the University of Michigan in 1975, a Master’s of Landscape Architecture in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1986.
After earning his Ph.D., Greg worked as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Renewable Resources for 6 years. In 1991, he was appointed lead scientist on the Chicago Urban Forest Climate Project. Greg teaches urban forestry courses at UC Davis and is a faculty member of the Graduate Group in Geography and the Horticulture Graduate Group.
Greg is currently the Director of the Center for Urban Forest Research in Davis, California, where he has been working since 1993. He works primarily on measuring and modeling the benefits and costs of urban forests.
Richard V. Giamberdine
Rich earned his degree in landscape architecture and environmental planning from Utah State University in 1961. In 1966, he began his career with the National Park Service, where he got a job as a park planner. Rich obtained several new titles through his career with the NPS, being promoted to positions such as Regional Landscape Architect for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Urban & Regional Planner for the Rocky Mountain/Mid-west Team, Senior Planner/Supervisory Landscape Architect and finally Senior Landscape Architect/Regional Planner.
As the Senior Landscape Architect for the National Park Service, Rich was responsible for managing the operating office staffs of all ten regional offices and the park staff of more than 337 field areas. He served as the principle professional spokesperson in interactions with other agencies, academic institutions, private organizations and professional societies on topics related to planning and landscape architecture.
Rich was the project manager for the Columbia Gorge project and was responsible for the land use alternatives study, which proposed innovative land protection and administrative strategies and led to the designation of the Columbia River Gorge as the nation’s first official National Scenic Area.
Richard was also an exceptional watercolor artist, having begun painting in college. His artwork has been recognized in art shows in the Denver area. Rich Giamberdine passed away in 1995, having left a tremendous legacy of public lands conservation behind him.
After graduating from Utah State University, Tony went on to attain a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois, where he specialized in mine reclamation. While in school, he earned a two-year mine reclamation research scholarship from the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association.
Tony has been involved with reclamation since 1965, applying the landscape architecture principles regarding land use, environmental concerns, regulations, and community relations to mining and reclamation practices. In 1985, he served as the first chair of the ASLA Open Committee on Reclamation.
Tony co-founded Bauer-Ford Reclamation, a division of Landscape Architects and Planners, Inc., which specializes in the planning, reclamation and development of mine sites before, during and after the mining process. BFR strives to create environments that accommodate new land uses through understanding and manipulating mineral deposits and mining methods. They hope to minimize the impacts of mining on communities and environments, optimize end use development opportunities in mine sites, and maximize access to mineral resources.
Tony has written a book entitled “Shaping Landscapes for Tomorrow: Reclamation Guidebook for the Aggregate Industry”, which won a Merit Award from the Michigan Chapter ASLA in 2003. He has also produced an ASLA LATIS Electronic Publication “Reclamation of Pits and Quarries” and three one-hour internet lectures on the ASLA website entitled “Mine Reclamation”.
David Jensen is a nationally recognized landscape architect with many years of experience on a wide range of projects throughout the United States. His firm, David Jensen Associates, is based out of Denver, Colorado. Projects vary in size, scope and location from mixed-use planned communities and residential and golf course resort communities to a ten-acre empty nester project in California.
He is a firm supporter of the LAEP Department and established the David Jensen Scholarship Endowment Fund in 1989, which provides LAEP students with a cash scholarship, a tuition waiver and an opportunity for a summer internship at David Jensen Associates, Inc.
Dave is one of the most influential community planners in this country. He has spent his career mentoring landscape architects and educating his clients, public officials, and other allied professionals in fostering innovative landscape architecture in community design. He continues to challenge himself to mentor his staff, to inspire the development team, to educate and encourage his clients, and to write and speak about smart growth, sustainable development, and community design.
His extensive works include scores of award-winning, master-planned communities that serve as examples of innovation in community planning, conservation, and sustainability. Thousands of homeowners have experienced the sense of place he has created.
Among his award-winning projects are:
• Building with Trees Award of Excellence, Residential Mixed-Use Community, National Arbor Day Foundation/National Association of Home Builders/Firewise Community, for Bailey’s Grove, Kentwood, Michigan, 2003
• Builder’s Choice Grand Award for Community of the Year, for Wetherington, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1994
• Builder’s Choice Grand Award, Single-Family Detached Community, for The Vineyards, Hillsborough County, Florida, 2002
Dave is the author of publications by the National Association of Home Builders and Urban Land Institute. In addition, his articles have been featured in various trade publications throughout the United States.
Janet Striefel, FASLA
After receiving her BLA from Utah State University in 1978, Jan went on to obtain a Master’s of Economics and Human Resources from the University of Utah in 1985. She is now Principal and President of Landmark Design, a planning and design firm out of Salt Lake City founded in 1987.
Jan is a Licensed Landscape Architect in Utah, Idaho and Nevada. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA). She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and she is certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board (CLARB).
Jan has directed many planning and design projects, including the Jordan Valley Water Conservation District Gardens, which won a Utah Chapter ASLA Merit Award in 2003, and the Interstate 215 Landscape Design and Implementation, which won a Utah Chapter ASLA Honor Award and Award of Excellence in 1995.
Joe Porter received his BLA from Utah State University in 1963 and his MLA from the University of Illinois in 1968.
As founding Principal, past President and past Chairman of the Board of Design Workshop, Joe has profoundly impacted the face of landscape architecture throughout the U.S. and abroad. Design Workshop’s projects involve landscape architecture, urban design, land planning and tourism planning, always with an eye to smart growth and environmental sensitivity. Design Workshop received the ASLA Landscape Architect Medal in 2008, which recognizes and celebrates their entire body of work.
Joe is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a board member and former president of The Center for Design Innovation and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and a member of the Urban Land Institute. He has been an Assistant Professor of landscape architecture at Louisiana State University and the School of Design at North Carolina State University and an Adjunct Professor of landscape architecture at the University of Colorado.
In 1940 Kenji Shiozawa was one of two students who received their Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Utah State University. Following military service with the Intelligence Agency during World War II, he returned to USU at the invitation of Professor LaVal Morris to pursue a Master’s Degree, which he earned in 1949.
Kenji began his professional work with the U.S. Forest Service while simultaneously serving as a part-time faculty member of Utah State’s LAEP Department. His work for the Forest Service included planning and design activities for Flaming Gorge, Hell’s Canyon and the Sawtooth National Recreation Areas. Following his retirement from the Forest Service, he took consulting work with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and the California State Parks and Recreation Department.
Kenji’s professional service associations were initiated in 1954 when he became a member of ASLA. He was later named President of the Rocky Mountain and the Utah Chapters, and he also served as Vice President of ASLA from 1974-75. In 1979 he was designation as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.