- MLA, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
- B.A. Urban Design Studies, New York University
- Philosophy Statement
I believe that Landscape Architecture can be a powerful tool for affecting positive change in the world—solving major infrastructural issues, addressing public health crises, impacting government policy, and influencing cultural preferences. The depth of skills involved in practice, and the imperative for transdisciplinary collaboration with architects, scientists, historians, artists, urban designers, engineers, and government officials, allows for far-reaching impact. It is this conviction coupled with a desire to make design widely accessible to the public that drives my interest in the field. My commitment to landscape architecture education is rooted in a desire to promote fluency in design language and ecosystem thinking, and to empower future landscape architects to be bold in design.
Jennifer Brooks is a San Francisco-based landscape architect. Her work explores the intersection of design, ecology, and infrastructure, and seeks to reveal the enduring connection between landscape and daily experience. Jennifer joined Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) in 2009, and in 2012, opened their San Francisco office. Jennifer’s work at NBW rests on a strong foundation of design practice in service to the public. Prior to joining NBW, Jennifer contributed to several significant public landscape projects at the offices of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Ken Smith Landscape Workshop in New York. In 2005, she worked with Amanda Burden at the NYC Department of City Planning on NYC’s first Zoning Handbook, at a time of a radical shift in the city’s attitude towards development and zoning regulations. Current design projects investigate landscape strategies for adaptation and resilience in urban civic spaces and private gardens, and support research regarding best management practices and methods for agricultural reclamation and wildlife conservation.
- Courses Taught
- LD ARCH 101 Fundamentals of Landscape Design