BCAC Chair: April Phillips

PhillipsApril Phillips, FASLA

April Philips, FASLA, is Chair of the ASLA Biodiversity and Climate Action Committee (BCAC), a registered landscape architect, thought leader, author, artist and climate advocate. She is founder of April Philips Design Works, an award-winning landscape architecture in California that focuses on a fusion of ecology, design, and technology with deep roots in a regenerative landscape ideology.

April is a national leader in both research and practice associated with sustainable sites and an integrated design approach. She was instrumental in ASLA's development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) rating system and the first urban infill, mixed-use SITES pilot project in San Francisco. Her climate advocacy career began at the inaugural US Green Building Council Greenbuild Conference in Austin, Texas, where she championed SITES.

She was a key founder and first chair of the ASLA Sustainable Design and Development Professional Practice Network (PPN). She has been a contributing member on the Climate Action Committee since its inception.

April is the author of Designing Urban Agriculture and contributed to ASLA’s Sustainable Landscapes animation The Edible City. She lectures and advocates nationally on the link between sustainable development and climate resilience. Her recent studio work investigates the intersection of sea level rise, design theory, and ecology in urban landscapes.

April has held leadership positions as President and Trustee for the Northern California Chapter. She is also a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps and a certified Climate Reality Leader. April holds a BA in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.

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