Sasaki Welcomes Allyson Mendenhall, FASLA, as New Director of Strategic Initiatives
Mendenhall will oversee strategic growth and related opportunities in Sasaki’s landscape architecture, civil engineering, and ecology practice
Allyson is Director of Strategic Initiatives of the Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Ecology practice. Her work advances Sasaki’s best practices and research in these areas with an emphasis on sustainability, evidence-based design, post-occupancy analysis and other scientifically-centered methods. Allyson works closely with Sasaki’s leaders to ensure the firm remains at the forefront of practice-based research to address global issues resulting from climate change and biodiversity loss.
With over two decades of experience leading large-scale, complex, multidisciplinary design and planning efforts, Allyson directs internal practice initiatives focused on methods and standards supporting design processes, quality assurance, project management and design performance. Allyson is recognized for bridging design practice and academia through research partnerships and publications, an interest she has advanced through past service on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). She builds on Sasaki’s work with LAF’s Case Study Investigation program and other academic institutions to objectively evaluate the impact of our design solutions through independent third-party reviews.
Allyson holds a master of landscape architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and a bachelor of arts in English literature from Harvard College. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, she is the President of the Harvard Alumni Association and serves on the GSD Dean’s Leadership Council. Allyson is a chair emerita of the GSD Alumni Council and a former board member of Denver Botanic Gardens. Locally in Denver, Allyson serves on the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning Advisory Board and the ASLA Colorado Nominating Committee.