Prior to becoming Dean at the University of Texas, Professor Steiner was Director of the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, at Arizona State University. He has also taught at Washington State University, the University of Colorado-Denver, and the University of Pennsylvania. As a Fulbright-Hays scholar in 1980, he conducted research on ecological planning at the Wageningen Agricultural and Environmental Science University, The Netherlands. In 1998, he was the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome. He is currently on the board of directors for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, where he also chairs the planning committee, and is taking part in a research group studying watershed-level growth management for the San Pedro basin on the U.S.-Mexico border. He is also helping to implement a master plan for a landfill site in Phoenix as a member of an artist-landscape architect team and participating on the executive committee and board of directors of the Envision Central Texas Project. Professor Steiner is the author of numerous books, articles, and papers and received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in city and regional planning and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Community Planning and a BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati.
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Ms. Faga is the chair of the board of EDAW, environmental, economic, planning, and design consultants with 1,000 employees and 24 offices worldwide. Recent projects include: chairing a task force for Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin resulting in a new direction for parks and open space; Centennial Olympic Park and Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta; Diagonal Mar Parc in Barcelona; South Beach and Ocean neighborhoods urban design/streetscape and Indian Creek Greenway in Miami Beach; Celebration, Florida; Schuykill River master plan in Philadelphia; and Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth. She is currently working on public consensus for the Wharf District Park Plan of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a park over the “Big Dig” in Boston, as well as the design for West Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Ms. Faga has worked for the cities of Atlanta and Alexandria, Virginia, as a landscape architect and urban designer. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Landscape Architecture, from Michigan State University in 1998 and in 2003 was named one of the top 15 women changing the world of architecture by DesignIntelligence.
Internationally known for his work at Gas Works Park and Bloedel Reserve, Mr. Haag has brought more than 500 projects to completion during his career. After receiving his design training from the University of Illinois, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Mr. Haag continued his education as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan and as a Landscape Architect-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome. He founded the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington and as Professor Emeritus continues to lecture. Recently, the College of Architecture and Urban Planning endowed a scholarship in his name. In 2003, Mr. Haag received the ASLA Medal, the highest honor the ASLA may bestow upon a landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment.
Mr. Hilderbrand’s firm has received many awards for its work in residential, institutional, and commercial design. He is a widely published author and critic on twentieth century landscape architecture practice, contributing essays in numerous books and journals and serving on the editorial board of Harvard Design Magazine. His monograph, Making a Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, was recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects and its Boston Chapter and also won the American Institute of Graphic Artists Award for Outstanding Book Design. His monograph, The Miller Garden: Icon of Modernism, published with photographer Alan Ward and architecture critic David Dillon, was part of a series awarded the ASLA President’s Honor Award in 2000. Mr. Hilderbrand holds degrees from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he has taught since 1990. He was elected to the ASLA Council of Fellows in 2001. In addition to his practice, he is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.
Mr. Marken has spent his professional career in magazine and book publishing. Prior to joining Garden Design, he served for 15 years as editor-in-chief of Sunset Magazine, the Western regional lifestyle magazine with a circulation of 1,500,000 and an emphasis on home and landscape design, travel, and entertaining. He was founding editor-in-chief of Rebecca’s Garden magazine, based on the popular syndicated television show, published by Hearst Corp. As editor-in-chief of eHow.com, he led the contextual commerce site to the Nielsen/Net Ratings’ top 10 information sites, and authored How to Fix Just About Everything, which grew out of eHow.com. He also was co-author of Gardening for Dummies (second edition), editorial director of Williams Sonoma’s Taste magazine, and consulting editor and columnist for Garden.com. Mr. Marken received a National Magazine Award for Service to the Individual and the American Horticultural Society’s Horticultural Communication Award. He has served as President of the League to Save Lake Tahoe and as a board member of the American Horticultural Society. Mr. Marken is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.
Responsible for academic programming, fundraising, strategic planning, and budgeting, Dean Schach also provides personnel management for 352 faculty and 50 staff. Prior to becoming Dean at Clemson, she taught and served in the administration at the University of Kentucky. The YMCA presented her with the Woman of Achievement Award in 1997. She served as a Fellow of the American Council on Education in 1998 and 1999. As president of the ASLA in 1999, she focused the Society’s efforts on livable communities issues and positioned the ASLA to work with a variety of federal agencies and national allied professional organizations. Dean Schach received her BSLA from Purdue University, which presented her with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999, and her MLA from the University of Guelph.
Born in Hungary, Ms. Szenasy has served as editor-in-chief of Metropolis, the New York City-based magazine of architecture, culture, and design, since 1986. Ms. Szenasy’s training in design journalism was on the job, beginning with Interiors magazine, where she rose from a junior position of editorial assistant to senior editor. She was then named chief editor of Residential Interiors, the short-lived offspring of Interiors. Ms. Szenasy is the author of several books on design, including The Home and Light. She holds an MA degree in Modern European History from Rutgers University and teaches design history and ethics at New York’s Parsons School of Design. In 2003, Ms. Szenasy received an honorary doctorate of arts from Kendall College of Art & Design. She is a frequent lecturer and panel moderator on broad-ranging design topics, and the guiding light behind Metropolis Conferences, which she also facilitates. She is the co-founder of R.Dot (Rebuild Downtown Our Town), a coalition of New Yorkers who came together after the 9/11 tragedies to contribute their expertise to building the 21st century metropolis at the site of the former World Trade Center.
Throughout her nearly 20-year career with the National Park Service, Ms. Whipple has been the guiding force managing high profile projects involving multi-disciplinary teams, operating under tight timeframes, often in politically charged environments, including: the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial; the White House President’s Park; the White House grounds, pool, Rose and Tulip Gardens, Visitors Center, and Ellipse; Pennsylvania Avenue improvements (“America’s Main Street”); Gateway National Recreation Area; Great Kills Park; Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge; the Statue of Liberty; Ellis Island; and many others. President Clinton presented Ms. Whipple and her project team with the Presidential Design Award for Outstanding Achievement in Federal Design for their work on the FDR Memorial, which was completed on time and under budget. In 2000, the American Planning Association awarded her office the “APA Federal Planning Office of the Year” award. Ms. Whipple is a graduate of the University of Washington and has published The White House Gardens and Grounds (1984-1988) and The Public Sector Landscape Architect (1993).
As the director of the Rural Heritage/Historic Roads Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mr. Marriott oversees the Trust's work in farmland preservation, heritage areas, scenic byways and historic roads, and small town planning. His areas of expertise include visual analysis, gateways, community consensus development, highway safety, historic landscapes, and tourism. Principal projects include developing the Corridor Partnership Plan for the Seward Highway in Alaska and organizing Preserving the Historic Road in America, a biennial conference. Mr. Marriott is the author of Saving Historic Roads: Design and Policy Guidelines, the first book dedicated to the identification, preservation, and management of historic roads. He holds a Bachelor of Science isn Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University. Mr. Marriott is a member of the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the International Council of Monuments and Sites.