Laura Solano, ASLA, is a principal and registered landscape architect at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), where she has worked since 1991. She oversees the Cambridge office and has been involved in many of the firm’s best-known and award-winning projects, including Teardrop Park, Alumnae Valley at Wellesley College, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and the Restoration of Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House. Her recent work includes the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Don River Park in Toronto, and Penn Park in Philadelphia.
She was a member of the Soils Committee for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), lectures frequently at academic institutions, and has been a panelist for the National Building Museum, the Building Stone Institute, and the ASLA and AIA annual meetings.
Laura is an associate professor in practice of landscape architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where she has taught since 1992.
In 2010, she received the Boston Society of Architects’ Women in Design Award of Excellence and was featured in the film “Leaders in the Field: Women in Landscape Architecture.” She has served on the editorial board of Architecture Boston magazine and is currently a board member for the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF).