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Sheila A. Brady, FASLA

2017 Show Judge, Principal / Vice President, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates

Sheila Brady, a recognized leader and innovator in the field of landscape architecture, has nearly 30 years of tenure with Oehme, van Sweden & Associates (OvS). Her award-winning design approach demonstrates a sensitive response to a site’s natural environment and context. Ms. Brady maintains a broad public, private, and residential client base. Her design credits include the Native Plant Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, Gardens of the Great Basin at Chicago Botanic Garden, the World War II National Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, and an expansive collection of residential gardens of varying scale. Ms. Brady regularly lectures to audiences at the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects and has lectured at the Garden Conservancy’s Hollister House Garden Study Weekend (2015), New York Botanical Garden (2013), Phipps Conservatory (2011, 2013), and Corcoran Gallery of Art (2011). She previously taught landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Ms. Brady has a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University, and studied at the Corcoran School of Art.

The Inspired Landscape: The New York Botanical Garden’s Native Plant Garden

Designed as a series of microclimates, the NYBG’s Native Plant Garden creates memorable garden spaces that highlight the beauty, diversity and cultural significance of native plants. This seminar will illustrate the diversity of native plants chosen, the selection and enhancement of patterns from nature and the resultant design—one that engages visitors to learn more about native plants and natural ecosystems. Ms. Brady will discuss the role of native plants as a means to increase biodiversity, how herbaceous and ephemeral native plant selections adapt to specific environments, and methods to design ecologically-compatible gardens.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

New American Gardens: A Regional Approach to Garden Design

Gardens become most compelling when they connect people to the cultural, historical, and ecological context of the region, capturing the spirit of placethe physical and symbolic elements that define regional character. In a series of case studies ranging from the West Coast to the Eastern Seaboard, Ms. Brady will illustrate how OvS’ New American Garden style is built on a foundation of regionalism, exploring how integrating the plant palette, materiality, and existing ecology provides a sense of cultural and regional continuity within designed outdoor spaces.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room