2008 Beijing Olympics
Michael is the Chair of Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Ecology and sits on Sasaki’s Board of Directors. Leading much of the firm’s work in Asia, he offers unique insight into the unprecedented transformation and urbanization of the region. Michael is a fierce advocate for the vital role that landscape architects play in shaping contemporary cities. Informed by a rigorous inquiry of economic, ecological, and cultural influences, he believes that the role of the designer is to make cities livable, equitable, resilient, and just.
Michael’s distinguished career spans a variety of project types and scales including regional planning, urban districts, and waterfronts. He collaborates closely with clients, consultants, stakeholders, and a host of allied professionals to generate planning and design strategies that are inclusive of financial, cultural, and environmental perspectives. This integrated approach results in visionary yet pragmatic solutions that balance development needs with ecological and social imperatives.
Michael is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in landscape architecture and a focus on planning and urban design. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, sits on the Placemaking council of the Urban Land Institute, and serves on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. His work has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, and he is a frequent lecturer at conferences and universities around the world.
An all female panel takes on the topic of equity and inclusion with Sasaki and the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)
While ecology and resilience are among the most salient topics in contemporary landscape architecture, their inherent relationship and differences have deep implications on practice
“We are in a perpetual state of discovery, experimentation, and research, constantly striving to improve our own practice and the design industry as a whole… This spirit of inquiry ensures that our work is thoughtful, thorough, and timeless.”
Throughout my career as a landscape architect and planner, I’ve always been an optimist.
“Landscape architects are in a unique position to be one of the most influential professions to tackle climate change," says Sasaki principal and Chair of Landscape Architecture, Michael Grove
Sasaki presenters spoke on a variety of topics at the conference