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THOMAS WOLTZ

FASLA, CLARB, PLA

Principal at Nelson Byrd Woltz

Thomas Woltz is the owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. He was named the Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine in 2013. In 2011, he was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors achieved in the profession. During the past 20 years of practice, Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built form and craftsmanship with an understanding of complex ecological systems and breadth of landscape material and media. Under his leadership, NBW has evolved from a firm of 5 people to 45, and has expanded its mission to tackle a diverse range of scales and contexts. His design work infuses places where people live, work, and play with narratives of the land that inspire stewardship. Woltz was educated at the University of Virginia in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, fine art, and architectural history. He holds master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture. After working in Venice Italy and Paris France, he returned to the United States to launch his career in landscape architecture. Woltz serves on the Boards of Directors of TCLF (The Cultural Landscape Foundation), and the University of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation.

Lecture: "Mission Driven Practice, Passion Driven Life"

Lecture Description: Thomas Woltz will discuss the positive role that landscape architecture can play in the design of equitable civic space, promoting stewardship of cultural and ecological systems. The integration of design and mission in Woltz’s professional and personal life is illustrated in the work of his firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), and in NBW’s outreach between disciplines and across boundaries. In his presentation, Woltz will detail the evolution of the core mission at NBW and demonstrate how the firm’s mission guides the design process across an array of project typologies including conservation agriculture, public parks, and restoration ecology. Woltz will also trace the arc of young professionals at NBW to demonstrate the development of skills and responsibilities within the practice and their contribution to the evolving mission of NBW.