Forbes Lipschitz is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. She teaches both studio and seminar courses in landscape planning, geographic information systems, and representation. As a faculty affiliate with the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation, her current research explores the role of geospatial analysis and representation in rethinking working landscapes. She received her Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BA in environmental aesthetics from Pomona College in Claremont, California.
Brad Collett is an Assistant Professor in the Department Plant Sciences with a faculty appointment to the UT School of Landscape Architecture. His teaching and research interests include landscape performance, specifically watershed stewardship through operative landscapes and low impact planning, design and development. He has published two books: Low Impact Development: Opportunities for the PlanET Region, and HydroLIT: Southeast Tennessee Water Quality Improvement Playbook. In partnership with the College of Architecture and Design’s Governor’s Chair for Energy and Urbanism, he is co-Principal Investigator for The Tennessee River Project, a multi-year, watershed-based teaching, research, and outreach initiative that launched in Fall 2016.
Mr. Burke has been the Senior Landscape Architect for Atlanta BeltLine Inc. since early 2009, and has thirty-five years of professional experience on a range of institutional, roadway, college and university, residential, and park projects. He oversees most day-to-day design and construction efforts for all public open spaces of the project. Currently, he is the Construction Manager for the 3 mile Westside Trail and sits 2nd chair on the 1.5 mile extension of the widely popular Eastside Trail. He was the lead organizer of ABI’s Annual Organic Land Care Symposium which sought to inform the public and practitioners about the path towards a more sustainable way of maintaining our public spaces. Mr. Burke has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Utah State University.
Richard L. Hindle
University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning
Richard L. Hindle is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. His current research focuses on patent innovation in landscape related technologies, from large-scale mappings of riverine and coastal systems to detailed historical studies on the antecedents of vegetated architecture. His writing and making explores the potential of new technological narratives and material processes to reframe theory, practice, and the production of landscape. Recent works include Levees that Might Have Been in Places Journal (2015), Infrastructures of Innovation in Scaling Infrastructure CAU@MIT (2016) and the exhibition Geographies of Innovation at UC Berkeley (2015).
Andrew Moddrell is a founding partner of PORT. He is currently leading a diverse range of public realm and urban design projects ranging in scale from a 600-acre masterplan for the Knoxville Battlefield Loop, to the design and construction of a 3-acre civic venue in Denver’s Paco Sanchez Park.
In addition to his work at PORT, Mr. Moddrell teaches seminars and design studios related to contemporary issues of urbanism as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Architecture and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Previously, he was the 2015-16 Eliel Saarinen Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, taught at the Architectural Association in London as part of the AA/UIC Visiting School and was a Research Associate at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mr. Moddrell was part of the advisory panel for the National Endowment for the Arts inaugural “Our Town” initiative that awarded millions of dollars to be invested in communities that are supporting the arts as part of a community revitalization strategy. He is also an active member of the Chicago Central Area Committee, helping lead the CCAC proposal for the Unlocking the Value of the Old Cook County Hospital Charrette and is part of the CCAC Young Leader Executive Committee.
Mr. Moddrell holds a B.Arch with distinction from The University of Kansas, where he was awarded the Thayer Medal for Architectural Design, and an M.Arch from Yale University, where he was awarded the H.I. Feldman Prize for Design Excellence.
Ted Murphy, Campus Landscape Architect at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Plant Sciences from the University of Tennessee with a focus in public horticulture. Ted has been with the University of Tennessee Facilities Services Department since 1999, where he has served in several positions. For the first 13 years, Ted filled the dual role of acting General Superintendent of Grounds and Campus Landscape Architect. During this time, he managed a staff of 40+ people and an annual multi-million-dollar operational budget. In 2012, Ted’s sole title became Campus Landscape Architect. His major focus is providing design oversight and implementation of capital improvement projects, serving as the primary project manager for site and landscape related projects on campus and as an advisor for all other projects that have a site component. Ted also assists the Landscape Services unit with design of in-house landscape projects.
Legacy Parks Foundation
Carol brings over 25 years experience in marketing, public relations and event management to the leadership position of the Legacy Parks Foundation. Carol’s prior experience includes serving as Director of Marketing for the Scripps Networks; Vice President of Marketing for the Knoxville Chamber Partnership, Assistant Athletic Director for the UT Lady Vols, and public relations consultant with the Ingram Group and SRW & Associates. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee.
Legacy Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization which works to assure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come. Since July 2007, the Foundation has raised over eight million dollars for parks, trails and open space and added nearly 500 acres of parkland in Knox County.
Aaron Browning joined the Knoxville Parks & Recreation Department in fall of 2012 and currently serves as Deputy Director. Aaron has played a role in various projects such as Knoxville’s Greenway Corridor Feasibility & Assessment Study, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, and worked with project managers contracted to design greenways and parks. Knoxville’s Parks & Recreation Department features 95 parks totaling over 2,300 acres, 46 miles of greenways, 66 miles of trails, and 15 facilities such as Community Centers and Senior Centers. Aaron earned a B.S. from Georgetown College (Kentucky) in Kinesiology & Health Studies and a M.S. from Eastern Kentucky in Physical Education / Sports Management.
Dawn Michelle Foster
City of Knoxville
Director of Redevelopment
Dawn Michelle Foster is the Director of Redevelopment for the City of Knoxville. She came on board Mayor Madeline Rogero’s administration as Deputy Director nearly 4 years ago and moved up to Director in September 2015. Dawn Michelle oversees and manages daily staff operations for the City’s Redevelopment Areas and consults with developers pursuing development assistance when investing in the City.
Dawn Michelle’s hometown is Louisville, Kentucky. She a BS degree from Western Kentucky University and a Master’s from the University of Tennessee in Urban and Regional Planning.
Before moving to Knoxville, she worked with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Louisville as a Construction Project Manager over several Federal and State highway construction projects. She has lived in Knoxville nearly 20 years. Before joining the City of Knoxville, she was employed by CDM Smith (formerly Wilbur Smith Associates) in CEI and in its Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning Group.
Dawn Michelle has also served on the board of several neighborhood groups including Town Hall East and the East Knoxville Business and Professional Association. Previous City boards include the City’s Board of Zoning Appeal and the Knoxville-Knox County Public Building Authority. Currently she participates with the Regional Smoky Mountain Greenway Council, City Greenways Commission and the City’s Façade Improvement Program. She is also a member of the American Planning Association, Institute of Transportation Engineers and US Green Building Council. She also serves on the YWCA Board, Candoro Heritage Arts Committee and the Knoxville Opera Board.
Green Business Certification, Inc.
Team Lead, Certification
Since 2010, Melissa has worked at Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and currently serves as a technical review expert with the LEED and SITES rating systems, as well as training internal staff and coordinating directly with local and international project teams. She manages a team of reviewers as well as perform a variety of other tasks, including development of new certification programs and creating tools and resources for project teams. Before joining GBCI, she worked as an environmental scientist focused on brownfield remediation and geotechnical solutions and as a LEED Consultant. Melissa has a Bachelor's degree in Geology and a Master's in Environmental Geology from Missouri State University.