The 2016 ASLA Central States conference is honored to have a diverse jury from across the US!  Please take a moment to see who’s volunteered their time and talent, then thank them when you get the chance!


Frances G. Beatty, Place Matters :: A Studio
Charles Birnbaum, President, The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Hans Butzer, Principal, Butzer Architects

Gina Ford, Principal, Sasaki Assoc
Mary Margaret Jones, Senior Principal, Hargreaves Jones Landscape Architecture
Elizabeth K. Meyer, Dean of Landscape Architecture, UVA
Thomas Oslund, Principal, Oslund and Assoc
Brian Katen, ASLA, RLA Virginia Tech, Associate Professor Landscape Architecture Program
Jonathan Fitch, Principal, Landscape Architecture Bureau
Hans Butzer, Principal, Butzer Partners


Dr. C.L. Bohannon, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
Dr. Paul Kelsch, Professor, Virginia Tech
Lemuel Hancock, Urban Designer+Neighborhood Planner, Woodstock, VA
Payam Ostovar, Landscape Architecture Bureau
Caren Yglesias, American Academy of Art
Chris Tramutola, RLA. Peter Gisolfi Associates
Sandra Nam Cioffi, Nelson Byrd Woltz
Cara Smith, Lardner Klein Landscape Architects





Charles A. BirnbaumCharles Birnbaum

Charles Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is the President and CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. He spent fifteen years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative and a decade in private practice in New York City with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design. His recent projects include What’s Out There<>(a searchable database of North America’s designed landscape heritage) and Shaping the American Landscape. He authored/edited Preserving Modern Landscape Architectureand its follow-up, Making Post-War Landscapes Visible. He was awarded a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, served as visiting Glimcher Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University’s Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, and was awarded the Alfred B. LaGasse and President’s Medals from the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Columbia University, a contributor to The Huffington Post and series editor for Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation.


Hans is an architect, teacher, urban designer, developer, and investor who exercises his passion for crafting buildings and places for people through teaching and practice. Hans is the co-founder of Butzer Architects and Urbanism (BAU), together with his wife Torrey A. Butzer, Assoc. AIA. Collaborating since 1990, the Butzers lead a multi-disciplinary team that explores place-making through award-winning architecture and urban design. Notable collaborations such as the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Skydance Bridge and the SLIVR exemplify Hans’s ambitions for performance-based building that is fiscally, environmentally and socially sustainable. 

Alongside his practice, Hans is Director of the University of Oklahoma’s Division of Architecture (DivA) where he has taught since 1999. He holds the titles of Mabrey Presidential Professor and A. Blaine Imel, Jr. Professor. As Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, his teaching and research focus on sustainability as an extension of ethics, efficiency, community and high design. 

Hans is licensed in the State of Oklahoma and has a German architecture license from the state of North-Rhine/Westphalia. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Hans is a LEED Accredited Professional. Since the dedication of the Memorial in 2000, Hans has been active in the central Oklahoma community through his pro bono work and involvement with various community boards.





Gina is a Principal, Landscape Architect and Chair of Sasaki’s Urban Studio – an energized and interdisciplinary group of practitioners solely dedicated to the improvement of quality of life in American cities through rigorous planning, exceptional design and strong community partnerships. Gina’s work encompasses a wide range of scales and project types—from public parks and plazas to large scale landscape planning and waterfront projects. She brings to each project a passion for the process of making vibrant landscape spaces — from the conceptual design to the details of implementation— with a particular focus on the life and use of urban, public environments. Her work in this realm includes the Flood Recovery Planning for Cedar Rapids, the Council Bluffs Riverfront, and the Chicago Riverwalk. Gina’s experience is additionally informed by extensive research, writing, travel, teaching and competitions. Her teaching includes guest critic and studio instructor roles at the Harvard Design School, MIT, RISD and the University of Nebraska. With degrees in Architecture from Wellesley College and Landscape Architecture from Harvard, she was the recipient of Wellesley’s Shaw Fellowship, the Janet Darling Webel Prize, the Charles Eliot Travelling Fellowship and the Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.



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Mary Margaret Jones is Sr. Principal and President of Hargreaves Associates, a landscape architecture and planning firm renowned for its strong design and innovative work on reclaimed urban sites, waterfronts and university campuses.  The firm’s work has received dozens of national and international design awards since its inception in 1985 and is published and exhibited internationally.  As president, Mary Margaret leads the firm’s three offices in San Francisco, New York, and Cambridge, MA.  She has been the Principal-in-Charge for the 2012 London Olympics Parklands, the transformation of the University of Cincinnati’s campus, Discovery Green in Houston, TX and Crissy Field in San Francisco. Mary Margaret lectures widely to university and professional institutions, has served on numerous juries and is a past Visiting Critic in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  She is an ‘Outstanding Alumnus’ of Texas A&M University College of Environmental Design and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Forum for Urban Design, the Design Futures Council and the American Academy in Rome as well as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.  Mary Margaret is Chair of the Board of the American Academy in Rome and Vice President of the Board of ODC Dance in San Francisco.  She is currently leading the firm’s design for a 70 acre park in downtown Oklahoma City, the redesign of Love Park in Philadelphia, a new quad for MIT and a new 30 acre park in the heart of Moscow, Russia.


Brian Katen, ASLA

Associate Professor
B.A., English Literature, George Washington University
MLA, University of Virginia

Brian Katen is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. A graduate of George Washington University, Professor Katen received his Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Professor Katen directed the Landscape Design Program at George Washington University and was a principle of Brian Katen, Landscape Architecture, in Arlington, Virginia. With over 20 years of practice experience, Professor Katen’s research explores the everyday landscape, community identity and conceptions of place, and the complex relationship between the landscape, its archives, and memory. His current research is focused on the African American landscape of Virginia and those everyday gathering places that have both defined and celebrated community and cultural identity throughout the state



Elizabeth Meyer, the Dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, is a registered landscape architect with professional experience working for EDAW (now AECOM) and Hanna/Olin (now OLIN). She taught at Cornell University and Harvard GSD before joining the UVa. faculty in 1993 where she teaches graduate design studios and design theory courses. Meyer is widely recognized for her theoretical essays on the entanglement of modern conceptions and experiences of nature, aesthetics, environmental ethics, and contemporary landscape design. Her recent publications include “Sustaining Beauty,” “Slow Landscape. A New Erotics of Sustainability,” “Grafting, splicing, hybridizing: Strange beauties of the Australian Garden” and “Beyond Sustaining Beauty: Musings on a Manifesto.” In addition to teaching, Meyer has consulted with firms such as MVVA and Christopher Counts Studio, on design strategies for altering significant cultural landscapes, such as the Wellesley College campus and the St. Louis Arch Grounds. Her long-held interest in interpreting and working with sites full of history and nature, dating back to her graduate studies in Historic Preservation, is currently focused within the new UVa. Center for Cultural Landscapes. Meyer has served on ten national design competition juries. She currently holds a Presidential appointee to the US Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, DC and is an advisor to the Walton Family Foundation’s new NW Arkansas Design Excellence program.



Jonathan Fitch’s work has concentrated on enriching urban public space nationwide and overseas. His firm, Landscape Architecture Bureau, has designed the landscapes for urban squares, streetscapes and parks, mixed-use developments, subsidized housing, schools and colleges. He operates on the conviction that landscape architects’ greatest contribution is to culture. Mr. Fitch’s professional motto, “art in service to the public,” sums up his commitment to satisfying users while enriching the senses.

In addition, Mr. Fitch has been active in design education. He teaches bi-annually at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Consortium, has taught in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for three years and served on the faculty of the School of Architecture at Howard University for five years. He has also taught at UCLA, the Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland.





Dr. C.L. Bohannon is currently an assistant professor in Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech. His research interests include community engagement as pedagogy in design education, food security and landscape literacy,  and the relationship between oral histories and community identity. His previous experience with engaged scholarship includes working with urban communities to develop community gardens in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Bohannon holds a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a Masters in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis in community and urban design. He also completed a PhD in Architecture and Design Research from Virginia Tech in 2014. Dr. Bohannon has over nine years of professional practice with an extensive portfolio work ranging from community development and resort planning throughout the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.



Paul Kelsch is an Associate Professor in the Landscape Architecture Program at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. He has professional degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and a PhD in Cultural Geography. His research focuses on the cultural construction of nature and its expression in designed landscapes, specifically looking at the interrelationships between ecological understandings of nature and discourses of nature grounded in landscape history, art, experience, and social theory. These issues come to bear especially in historical studies of the George Washington Memorial Parkway and a larger investigation of the cultivation of nature and nation along the banks of the Potomac River. He teaches foundation design and advanced design studios, site construction, and landscape architecture history.



Lemuel Hancock is the Urban Designer and Neighborhood Planner for the town of Woodstock, Virginia. Before joining the Woodstock team, Lemuel was a Project Manager for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) where he developed and implemented many cutting edge programs including: alternative maintenance strategies to reduce costs for the City of New Orleans, green infrastructure projects to reduce flood risk in vulnerable neighborhoods, and urban forestry projects to activate community spaces. Lemuel also created a program allowing citizens access to vacant property for activities ranging from large urban agriculture projects to smaller community gathering spaces. With over 1,100 participants, Growing Home, New Orleans’ largest temporary land use strategy, offered discounts to buyers in exchange for investments in landscape improvements.  Lemuel worked closely with each participant to explain the program, design their greenspace, and evaluate performance. He holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech and an AB from the College of William and Mary.



Tom is one of the leading design landscape architects in the country. Tom’s interest in art and his passion for design are fueled by a commitment to excellence and innovation. Tom has more than 30 years of experience at a variety of project scales from 800-acre master planning efforts to a 5000-square foot rooftop garden. Tom has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Washington University, Ohio State University, the University of Illinois, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has also lectured widely on his work for such groups as the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C., the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Chicago Botanical Garden.
Tom is known for engaging public landscapes for some of the most discerning local, national, and global clientele. He creates positive results as an innovator when it comes to solving complex site design challenges. Tom has created engaging outdoor spaces for colleges and universities, hospitals, corporate headquarters, urban campuses, museums, and parks. His belief in the collaborative process of working closely with clients, architects, engineers, fabricators and artists have yielded positive results and international recognition as an innovator when it comes to solving complex site design challenges.




Payam is a senior designer at Landscape Architecture Bureau in Washington, D.C. and an experienced studio critic.  He has worked on projects ranging in scale and complexity from large and complex international projects (US Embassy, Morocco – Nakheel Tall Tower, UAE) to the design and construction of details to be experienced locally on a daily basis. Taking from his experiences growing up amongst a family of artists and environmental scientists he has shaped an interdisciplinary design approach that views a sustainable project as something that must not be just environmentally and culturally sensitive but also beautiful and loved by its users.




Christopher Tramutola is a licensed landscape architect specializing in academic and active recreational landscapes. His work in ecological and urban modeling as a design tool has led to research and experimentation in connection with the future of analysis and design. Contact him at








Sandra joined Nelson Byrd Woltz in January 2013. She received a BA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and MLA from Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) in 2011. While at Virginia Tech, she was active as a graduate assistant to the program, receiving the 2011 WAAC Kyrus/Wheeler Award, and consulted for the marketing department at The Nature Conservancy’s National Headquarters. Sandra’s graduate work was recognized with several awards and honors including the 2011 ASLA Potomac Chapter Graduate Student Honor Award, and she was inducted into Sigma Lambda Alpha: National Landscape Architecture Honor Society (2010) and the Virginia Tech Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (2009). Her graduate thesis work further earned her the title 2012 Virginia Tech University Olmsted Scholar and an Honor Award for the 2012 AIA/D.C. UNBUILT Competition. Prior to joining NBW, Sandra worked at Parker Rodriguez, Inc. on urban infill projects throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland and several marketing proposals, of which she was a part of helping the firm win a project under the EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals program. She is currently working on the Devonian Botanic Garden (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), an estate at Belcaro (Denver CO), and Hilltop Arboretum at Louisiana State University.



Cara Smith is a registered landscape architect in Virginia practicing in a small planning and design office in Alexandria.  She received a MLA at Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium (WAAC) and a BA at the College of William and Mary.  Cara enjoys the multifaceted nature of the profession, as the past six years she has worked on an array of public, institutional, and non-profit design and planning endeavors, including park and trail design, corridor management plans, natural resource management plans, campus design, master plans, and design guidelines.  The strength of landscape architecture–she feels–is in the ‘science’ of the discipline–the design palette of plant and ecological systems strongly influence environmental and public health and, ultimately, the success of a place. Ms. Smith is excited by design projects that are ecologically focused and aims to steer her career path in this direction.


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