Faculty and Advisory Committee
Marni Barnes, ASLA, M.S.W., principal of Deva Designs, Palo Alto, California. Barnes consults and creates therapeutic landscapes in public and private settings, drawing upon ten years' experience as a psychotherapist and social worker practicing in the United States and Great Britain, as well as more than 25 years as a landscape designer.
Jack Carman, FASLA, RLA, president of Design for Generations, Medford, New Jersey. Carman specializes in the design of therapeutic exterior environments for senior communities and healthcare facilities. He is editor and contributor of the book, Re-creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging.
Nilda Cosco, Ph.D., education specialist, Natural Learning Initiative; research associate professor, College of Design, NC State University. She is the principal investigator of the project, Preventing Obesity by Design, in childcare, and the project director of the built environment component for the Shape NC (a North Carolina early childhood health promotion and obesity prevention model). Dr. Cosco holds a degree in educational psychology, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Ph.D. in landscape architecture, School of Landscape Architecture, Heriot Watt University / Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.
Eve Edelstein, Ph.D., distinguished for her expertise in the field of neuro-architecture, has joined the University of Arizona College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) as associate professor. Dr. Edelstein brings a unique background in architecture, anthropology and neuroscience, along with clinical service in neurophysiology at leading academic medical centers in the US and Europe. Edelstein is internationally recognized for her work with architectural firms on large-scale healthcare projects where she led the design team to incorporate research-based principles in design development. Eve was the principal investigator for the AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Research that investigated circadian light and design principles. Dr. Edelstein contributes with numerous publications and international presentations on evidence-based design. Her work has been featured in Dr. Sternberg's PBS TV show The Science of Healing, and BBC TV's Secret Life of Buildings.
Mark Epstein, ASLA, principal, Hafs Epstein Landscape Architecture, Seattle, Washington. A registered landscape architect in Washington, Oregon, and California, he is a national leader for the creation of therapeutic/healing gardens, and has extensive experience restoring natural environments in the Puget Sound region. Has served as co-chair of the Therapeutic Garden Design Professional Practice Network for the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Gwenn Fried, Glass Garden, Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York, New York. A horticultural therapist at the Glass Garden since 1997, and curator of the Rusk outdoor gardens, she focuses on the anthropological uses of plants through history, and weaves these lessons into classes for seniors and children.
Robert Hoover, ASLA, principal of HBLA, Inc., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Hoover specializes in senior living, healthcare, and residential projects, with HBLA designing more than 100 healthcare-related projects throughout the Northeast. Hoover earned his bachelor of science in environmental design from the University of Massachusetts and holds a master of landscape architecture with distinction from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
Stephen R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bio-Logical Capital, a firm that invests in and implements sustainable land uses on large landscapes, as well as a founding partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a private equity company investing in the environmental sector. His work focuses on understanding the connection between nature and humanity with a particular interest in environmental conservation and sustainable design and development.
Barbara Kreski, M.H.S., OTR/L, director, Horticultural Therapy Services, Chicago Botanic Garden. Spanning a wide range of clinical settings from psychiatric and veterans administration hospitals to public schools and pediatric rehabilitation; she brings an understanding of the breadth of human-disabling conditions.
Clare Cooper Marcus, professor emerita, departments of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of California, and principal of Healing Landscapes, Berkley, California. She is internationally recognized for pioneering research on the psychological and sociological aspects of architecture and landscape design, particularly urban open space.
Geoffrey Roehll, ASLA, senior vice president of the healthcare design team Hitchcock Design Group,
Naperville, Illinois. Since joining Hitchcock Design group in 1990, Roehll has demonstrated his leadership, planning, and design skills on prominent projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida and has directed many landmark projects in the healthcare market. With a diverse background in planning and design for complex large scale projects, he is now focused exclusively on healing environments and practices based on each of their projects.
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, founder and director, Therapeutic Landscapes Network. She received her M.L.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. She has taught and spoken about the restorative benefits of nature throughout the United States, and has written and been interviewed extensively on the subject. Sachs is also Principal at Naomi Sachs Design, a design and consulting firm with a focus on landscapes that facilitate health and well-being. She is currently working with Clare Cooper Marcus on a book about therapeutic landscapes, to be published by John Wiley & Sons in 2013.
William Sullivan, Ph.D., professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, president of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. Dr. Sullivan focuses on issues related to environmental sustainability and the role of public institutions in creating a sustainable world.
Jack Carman, ASLA, President, Design for Generations, Medford, New Jersey
Nancy Chambers, Director, Rusk Institute Glass Garden, New York, New York
Mark Epstein, Hafs Epstein Landscape Architecture, Seattle
Karin Fleming, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, Pennsylvania
Teresia Hazen, HTR, Legacy Health Systems, Portland, Oregon
Robert Hoover, ASLA, HBLA, Inc., Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emeritus, University of California
Elizabeth Messer Diehl, ASLA, HTM, Austin, Texas
Patrick Mooney, ASLA, University of British Columbia
Robin Moore, North Carolina State University
Jean Kavanagh, FASLA, Texas Tech University
Diane Relf, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University
Gene Rothert, HTR, Horticultural Therapy Services, Chicago Botanic Garden
Candice Shoemaker, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., Director, Center for Health Systems & Design, Texas A&M University
Joanne Westphal, M.D., ASLA, Michigan State University
For additional information about the program, contact Amelia Simmons-Hurt at (847) 835-8293 or .
The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden is registered with the ASLA American Society of Landscape Architects as a provider of CPE Continuing Professional Education programs for landscape architects.