Professor Emeritus Patrick Miller, PhD., FASLA, FCELA receives the M. Meade Palmer Award

Professor Emeritus Patrick Miller, PhD., FASLA, FCELA receives the M. Meade Palmer Award, the Virginia Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects highest honor award, for his lifelong commitment to the discipline.

The M. Meade Palmer medal is awarded to one individual who “exemplifies the values, sensibility, and spirit reflected in the life and work of M. Meade Palmer”, who was instrumental in founding the Landscape Architecture department at the University of Virginia. Recipients of the medal demonstrate devotion to excellence in the profession, dedication to teaching, humility, and a deep respect for both nature and context in design.

Dr. Miller, who retired at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, dedicated 31 years to teaching graduate and undergraduate students in the Landscape Architecture Department. He served as department chair for thirteen years and most recently served for twelve years as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Outreach in the College of Architecture and Urban Design. Dr. Miller’s contributions were instrumental in developing the Landscape Architecture track in the PhD program. His influence as an educator stretches across the globe in his development of programs, curricula and coursework at graduate and undergraduate levels in the United States, Canada, China and the Mid-East, and has additionally contributed to capacity building in South America and Africa.

Dr. Miller’s work emphasizes the interconnectivity between human well-being and landscape architecture, especially regarding underrepresented communities. In the late 1980s, he helped obtain a US Department of Education grant to establish the Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC). CDAC has since served as a means of connecting students with small towns in Appalachia via conceptual design and planning services. Thanks to Dr. Miller’s efforts, student employees gain valuable professional skills through working with communities across Virginia. This understanding of community and social welfare weaves across Dr. Miller’s career and demonstrates his commitment to social change through landscape design.

Department Chair Terry Clements, FASLA, FCELA, PLA speaks highly of Dr. Miller: “[His] career and person embodies education excellence, commitment to student growth and development, integration of innovative approaches to teaching and research, passion and enthusiasm for the profession and discipline of landscape architecture, and personal integrity.” For all of these reasons and more, Dr. Miller’s work clearly embodies the spirit of M. Meade Palmer.