Brandon Hartz PLA LEED AP is the Campus Landscape Architect for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research. He will show photos and diagrams of the current landscape condition of the main Bethesda, Maryland campus, and describe a number of his strategic stewardship efforts to make positive environmental improvements. His work at NIH explores how landscapes can be altered over time toward more desirable futures through the understanding and manipulation of “Land Variables”, not dissimilar to how the scientific community controls and alters variables in search of outcomes in research experiments.
Brandon received his BLA from Virginia Tech in 2000 and received his MLA from Harvard University in 2004. Before joining NIH, Brandon had worked previously at HOK and STOSS.