APLD International Landscape Design Conference

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Keynote Speaker: Margie Grace, CPLD

International Landscape Designer, Grace Design Associates

Bio

Margie Grace, CPLD

Through an impressive career spanning over four decades, Margie Grace has joined an elite echelon of garden and landscape designers whose work is celebrated both locally and internationally. Whether designing gardens for historically significant estate properties, relaxed bungalows, or coastal family retreats, Margie takes her cues from her clients, their lifestyle, the architecture of the property, and the land itself. By applying the principles of design to create the framework of each project, Grace Design Associates sculpts the terrain to mimic nature and layers on essential elements – organic materials, stone and plantings – to create a dynamic, living ecosystem that supports the local biome and utilizes water in the most efficient and considered way. With over 420 projects – designed from concept to completion – under her helm, Margie’s work has been featured in top publications throughout the world including Garden Design, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Veranda, Luxe, Sunset, the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. She has twice been named APLD’s Designer of the Year and is the author of Private Gardens of Santa Barbara: The Art of Outdoor Living.

Craig Bergmann, RLA, ASLA
Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc.

Bio

Craig Bergmann, RLA, ASLA

Craig Bergmann is a registered landscape architect, garden designer, plantsman and lecturer. He received a BS in biology from DePaul University in 1981 and founded Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc. in 1982, where he supervises all designs.

Bergmann’s award-winning work has been featured in several books, including Rosemary Verey’s The American Man’s Garden, Mary Riley Smith’s The Front Garden, Susan McClure’s Midwest Garden Design, and Page Dickey’s book Inside Out: Relating Garden to House, as well as in such periodicals as Garden Design (Golden Trowel Winner in 2007), House Beautiful, House & Garden, Traditional Home, Midwest Living, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Chicago Magazine, Forest & Bluff Magazine and Chicago Tribune Magazine. Bergmann and his own garden were featured on the PBS television series The Victory Garden in 1998 and on HGTV’s Gardener’s Journal. His own gardens and others of his design have been included on The Garden Conservancy Tours for many years. Bergmann is the editor of the book Midwestern Landscaping, a comprehensive and practical guide to gardening in USDA Climate Zone 5. He is on the board and Vice President of the Garden Stewards of the Elawa Farm Foundation and has received numerous awards for his preservation installations.

Giacomo Guzzon
Head of Planting Design, Gillespies

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Giacomo Guzzon

Giacomo Guzzon is a landscape architect, academic tutor, and lecturer in planting design at the University of Sheffield, the University of Greenwich, and the KLC School of Design in London. In addition to his academic activities, he is a Senior Landscape Architect and Head of Planting Design at the international landscape architecture firm Gillespies in London, UK. Recently, he has become a member of the Urban Design London (UDL) Design Review Panel to provide expert, impartial design advice and guidance on projects throughout the capital. Giacomo contributes to a variety of international conferences and publications. He has been the interpreter at the International Landscape Conference ‘Aketipos’ in Bergamo, Italy, for several years, and has lectured at the Thei Institute in Hong Kong, at the Perennial Plant Conference in Lithuania, Germany, and Slovenia. Giacomo is also a prolific guest writer on the well-known The View from Federal Twist blog based in the U.S.

Joe Hanauer, ASLA
Registered Landscape Architect, Horticulturist, Landscape Contractor, Owner, Landscape Architecture, LLC

Bio

Joe Hanauer, ASLA

Joe Hanauer is a Registered Landscape Architect, Horticulturist, Landscape Contractor and owner of Landscape Architecture, LLC. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Joe believes all landscape projects need to start with quality, thought-out landscape design that is functional with form. His work includes all things outside, ranging from small planting designs and install projects with just a few plants to very large outdoor living spaces that include brick paver patios, retaining walls, seating walls, arbors and pergolas, swimming pools, decks, ponds, fire pits and fireplaces.

Jack Pizzo, MS, PLA, ASLA, ICN
President, Senior Ecologist, Principal Landscape Architect, Nurseryman, The Pizzo Group

Bio

Jack Pizzo, MS, PLA, ASLA, ICN

Jack Pizzo is the founding partner of The Pizzo Group and serves as the President, Senior Ecologist, Principal Landscape Architect, and Nurseryman. Founded in 1988 and having won over 150 awards for their work creating sustainable landscapes and ecosystem restorations, The Pizzo Group is one of the Midwest’s largest ecological restoration firms. Regarded as the expert in successful natural area restorations, sustainable landscapes and growing native plants, Jack lends his field expertise to The Pizzo Group’s consulting and design divisions. He evaluates current ecological restoration practices, then identifies and implements the improved methods, materials, and processes for the enhancement and/or establishment of native flora and fauna. Jack is also Past President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and author of the book Green and Natural Spaces in Your Community.

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