Faculty and Advisory Committee

Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program

Industry-leading Instructors

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.

Andrew L. Dannenberg, M.D., M.P.H., is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle with faculty appointments in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the UW School of Public Health and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning in the UW College of Built Environments. He formerly served as team lead of the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the National Center for Environmental Health at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. For the past decade, his research and teaching has examined the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, and other issues related to the built environment. He has a particular focus on the use of a health impact assessment as a tool to inform community and transportation planners about the health consequences of their decisions. He is co-author with Howard Frumkin and Richard Jackson of Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability published by Island Press in 2011. He previously served as director of the public health training division at CDC, as faculty in the Injury Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and as a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Dannenberg received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, and his Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Mark Epstein, ASLA, is the owner of Epstein Design Studio, a landscape architecture design firm in Seattle, Washington. His firm puts priority on bridging research with practice, utilizing 'human psychology' and 'site ecology' to bring ideas to life. Mark helped establish the ASLA Therapeutic Garden Design Professional Practice Network, and he is a national expert on the creation of therapeutic and healing gardens, particularly for clinical settings, private residences, and in public parks.

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.

Peter H. Kahn, Jr. is a professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Human Interaction With Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab. The HINTS Lab seeks to address from a psychological stance two world trends that are powerfully reshaping human existence: the degradation if not destruction of large parts of the natural world, and unprecedented technological development, both in terms of its computational sophistication and pervasiveness. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. His publications have appeared in such journals as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, and Journal of Systems Software, as well as in such proceedings as CHI, HRI, and Ubicomp.

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.

Advisory Committee

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