Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-A02 - Critical Soil Management for Landscape Development

Sunday, October 22
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Manufactured soil will always have its place, but recent marquee landscape projects have shown that working with and revitalizing native soil—even clay—yields successful results without resorting to unsustainable practices. These projects focused on the role of soil chemistry, physics, and biology to rethink soil management, development, and health.

Learning Objectives:

Jeffrey G. Aten

Senior Associate
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Jeff Aten joined NBW in 2004 after earning Masters degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UVA. Jeff has led master planning and built project efforts for NBW’s ConAg Studio throughout Virginia. He is currently the Senior Associate in charge for the implementation of Houston’s Memorial Park master plan which won an Honor award last year in Analysis and Planning. Jeff is leading the development of a concept plan for a two acre park in the Noma BID of Washington, DC and continues to lead the broad design team at the Summit Bechtel National Scouting Reserve in WV.


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Theodore Hartsig

Senior Scientist
Olsson Associates

Ted is a certified professional soil scientist with extensive experience in natural resources restoration and urban ecosystems. He has contributed to the design and construction of native landscapes at the George W. Bush Library in Dallas, the Jefferson Memorial Arch in St. Louis, at Notre Dame University, and Tulsa’s Riverside Park. Ted has developed publications and workshops for the design and construction of stormwater BMPs, native landscapes, sustainable cities, and soil restoration and management. Ted has a B.S. degree in Biology/Plant Physiology from Northern Arizona University and M.S. degree in Soil Science from Kansas State University.


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Adrienne Heflich

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Adrienne Heflich, ASLA, joined Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in 2009 and has applied her interests in ecology, materials, and horticulture to projects that vary in scale from courtyards to master plans. For the past 4 years, she has been an integral member of the design and construction administration team for CityArchRiver/Arch Grounds projects (St. Louis, Missouri). Currently, she manages MVVA’s master plan for Dorothea Dix Park (Raleigh, North Carolina). Adrienne received a MLA from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, a BA from Bowdoin College, and is a Master Composter certified by the NYC Department of Sanitation.


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James Sottilo

Ecological Landscape Management

President of Ecological Landscape Management, James is a nationally sought after educator, researcher and arborist. James has worked hours on varied-scaled projects focusing on areas such as organic tree and plant management, soil design and installation, development of natural fertilizer and compost tea materials and industry technology advancement.

Through his formal education and real-time practical work, James has honed his skills to an inspired level when addressing nature. James has been part of research efforts collaborating with entities such as the Rodale Institute and is the creative developer of the patented technology and soil testing system for professionals, the MicroBiometer™.


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