LAA Profile: Thomas L. Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz

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Renowned landscape architect Thomas Woltz was finishing his masters degree in architecture when he realised the power the landscape architect had to become an agent of change to improve large scale ecologies. He now holds a masters degree in landscape architecture as well.

In 2013 the Wall Street Journal named him the Design Innovator of the year and during the past 20 years Thomas has amassed a body of work which not only celebrates the built form but which is also underlined with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology.

Among other projects here, Thomas is the lead landscape architect on the Cornwall Park 100 Year Master Plan, for which Boffa Miskell are design partners.

Based in the United States, Thomas says internationally he is seeing very hopeful signs that people are tired of the generation of pattern makers when it comes to landscape design. “We have so many powerful stories to tell about place and the history of place,” he says.

In our profile video below, Thomas tells us more about his feelings about the future of the profession as well what goes into his approach to design.