Historic Preservation/Restoration

Field Session

FS-008 - Morris Arboretum: Blending a Grand Historic Landscape with Sustainable Design Initiatives

Friday, October 19
7:45 AM - 3:15 PM


Explore the 166-acre Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Chestnut Hill along Wissahickon Creek. You will experience the beauty of a grand historic estate, outstanding plant collections, Victorian fernery, unique structures/features (Out on a Limb tree canopy walk), and sustainable initiatives, including porous paving, green roofs, and geothermal wells.

Learning Objectives:

Barry W. Jeffries, ASLA

Senior Design Planner
Montgomery County Planning Commission

Barry Jeffries, ASLA is a senior design planner at the Montgomery County Planning Commission, Norristown PA with 20 years of experience in planning, landscape design. His projects provide planning and design solutions for local municipalities, county parks, trails and greenways which incorporate best management practices in urban forestry, green infrastructure and sustainable landscape principles. He received a Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia & completed the Urban Forestry Internship at the Morris Arboretum. His interest in connecting people with their natural landscape and unique places led him to volunteer at the Morris for the past 20 years.


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Ed Landau, ASLA

Landscape Architect
Ed Landau, Landscape Architect

Ed Landau is a landscape architect with 40+ years working in the tri-state area. He received BS and BLA degrees from SUNY-CESF at Syracuse, following engineering studies at Cornell. Ed is active in local historic preservation and environmental conservation efforts, and is a member of the ASLA Healthcare Therapeutic PPN. He has served as ASLA Eastern PA section treasurer for 40 years, along with several statewide committees. Local (Montgomery County) award winning designs include the CBD revitalization of Ambler, and Jenkintown's Town Square.


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Paul Meyer

F. Otto Haas Executive Director
Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania

Paul Meyer is The F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. He has played a major role in the Arboretum’s restoration of its historic gardens, architecture, and vistas with notable plant collections. He has taught Urban Horticulture in the University of Pennsylvania’s Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department. A leader in the field of plant exploration and evaluation he has completed twelve expeditions to countries including China, Korea, Taiwan, Armenia and the Republic of Georgia, where he has collected plants from various sources to introduce greater genetic diversity and useful urban-tolerant woody plants.


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Jacov Yaki Miodovnik, ASLA

Andropogon Associates

Yaki Miodovnik, PLA, ASLA, CSLA, is a Principal at Andropogon Associates. He designs places that tell the story of their own making, with strong roots in history, culture, social beliefs, and above all, in nature. Guided by his knowledge of science and technology, and a deep commitment to ecological design, he leads projects involving difficult environmental challenges. His designs integrate the broad ecological context with site-specific solutions that are both pragmatic and intuitive, addressing design in very different bio-regions. Yaki received his MLA from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Agriculture from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


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Carol L. Franklin, FASLA

Andropogon Associates

Founding principal of Andropogon Associates and Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Carol is a nationally recognized expert in sustainable design and leader in exploring sustainable landscape initiatives. She has developed sustainable institutions, parks and communities, bringing broad picture solutions that integrate historical, cultural, economic, and environmental concerns. An adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, she also taught in the Department of Historic Preservation. She co-authored a book called "Metropolitan Paradise," on the social, political, and ecological history of the Wissahickon Valley (part of Fairmount Park adjacent to the Morris Arboretum).


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FS-008 - Morris Arboretum: Blending a Grand Historic Landscape with Sustainable Design Initiatives

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