Finding Inspiration: It's Here All Around Us

Finding Inspiration: It's Here All Around Us


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This presentation will include Carol’s professional path and how she became a recognized leader in the profession of landscape architecture in the Pacific Northwest. She will reveal how she follows her design passions and shapes the region in which she lives, what fuels her creative drive, and her sources of inspiration.

Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA, is partner-in-charge of landscape architecture and urban design at Mayer/Reed. Mayer/Reed is a 30-person Portland-based design firm providing landscape architecture, urban design, and visual communications services. The firm’s work in creating places for human activity explores the social, cultural, ecological, and historic contexts that shape these environments. Mayer/Reed is recognized regionally and nationally for design excellence.

Carol’s 40+ years of experience represent a wide array of project types, in public and private sectors. Projects range from urban waterfronts and site master planning to natural water systems, transportation corridors, urban renewal, parks and recreation, and corporate and higher education campuses.

Carol is distinguished as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and holds registration as a landscape architect in the states of Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture and Planning from Utah State University. She frequently lectures and presents the work of her firm at professional conferences and universities around the country.

Notable, award-winning projects include The Rain Garden at the Oregon Convention Center, the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, the Nike World Headquarters North Campus Expansion, the Orange Line Light Rail Transit project, and the Willamette Falls Riverwalk.


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Landscape Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Finding Inspiration: It's Here All Around Us