Thomas Woltz, “The Threatened Landscape: The Design Countermeasures of NBW Landscape Architects”
Parks are a source of citizenship for the communities they serve—inclusiveness and authenticity are essential. Similarly, the memorial is a fortress of democratic exchanges and a treasure trove of our cultural past and evolution. Thomas Woltz will present projects from the Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) portfolio that demonstrate the power of the company’s research-based design in rebuilding our relationship with citizens, ecology, and cultural systems in the public domain. Finally, Thomas will showcase NBW projects that prioritize ecological health and resilience in agricultural production landscapes, and reveal the surprising connections between these types. In the past two decades of practice, landscape architect Thomas Woltz has created a series of works that combine the beauty and function of architectural forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration of ecology. As the principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), a 45-person company located in Charlottesville, Virginia and New York City, Woltz integrates the narrative of the land into the places where people live, work and play, and deepen the public’s enjoyment of the land. World and inspiring environmental management. The NBW project has created a model of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture in areas with damaged ecological infrastructure and arable land, resulting in hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetland, reforested land and thriving wildlife habitat. Currently, Thomas and NBW are entrusted to design major parks in the United States, Canada and New Zealand, including Memorial Park in Houston, Hudson Yards in New York City, NoMA Green in Washington DC, Cornwall Park in Auckland, and Alberta Park in Canada. Aga Khan Gardens and three parks in Nashville, including the Centennial Park. In 2013, he was named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. In 2017, Fast Company named Woltz one of the most creative people in the business world.