2003 Speakers and Panelists
Park Service Lead, Cultural Landscape Program
Historian and Olmsted Scholar, Boston, MA.
Levee received degrees from Wellesley College, Harvard University
and the Radcliffe Seminars Program in Landscape Design. She maintains
a practice both in consulting for historical landscape preservation/rehabilitation
projects, particularly those involving the designs of the Olmsted
firm, and in landscape design, primarily for private residential
projects. Ms. Levee has worked extensively with non-profit preservation
groups across the country, particularly those concerning historic
landscapes. She has been involved with the National Association
for Olmsted Parks [NAOP] since 1980, serving over the years in
various official capacities.
As landscape historian and preservation consultant, Ms. Levee
has prepared cultural landscape reports and advised several municipalities
and private clients across the country concerning the rehabilitation
planning for their historic landscapes. She is the recipient of
several awards for her preservation work. Ms. Levee has lectured
across the country on various aspects of landscape history, research,
preservation and advocacy and has advised on several exhibits
of Olmsted related works. She is the author of articles on topics
of landscape history and the diverse work of the Olmsted firm
across the country, particularly concerning their residential
community planning. Currently, along with Dr. Charles Beveridge,
editor of the Olmsted Papers, she is a consultant to The Olmsted
National Historic Site and the NAOP to revise and expand the data
from The Master List of Design Projects of The Olmsted Firm, l857-l950,
published in 1987, into an on-line data base. Additionally, she
is working on a critical biography of the life and work of John
Charles Olmsted, stepson of Frederick Law Olmsted and senior partner
of the firm from l898 to l920.
Journalist and Columnist for MSNBC Kirkland, WA.
Francesca Lyman is a journalist
who has written about nature and cities for many years, now
working on a book on urban restoration, "Twelve Gates to
the City." For the last four years, she has written the
regular "Your Environment" column for the Health section
of MSNBC, reaching millions of online readers. She is the author
of several books, including The Greenhouse Trap (Beacon Press,
1990) and Inside the Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest, (Workman Publishing
Co., 1998). She recently wrote an article on the resurgence
of interest and research in the healing powers of nature, "The
Geography of Health", for Land and People, Trust for Public
Here to read "The Geography of Health".
University of Victoria, B.C.
Larry McCann is a Professor of Geography at the University of
Victoria where his teaching and research interests focus on the
historical geography of Canadian cities. In 2001 he received the
Massey Medal, Canada's highest geographical honour, for his interdisciplinary
contributions to the interpretation of Canada's geography. He
is currently at work on a book titled John Olmsted's Masterpiece:
The Uplands and Suburban Development in Western Canada.
Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation
McInturff joined the Department in 1999 after many years in the
public health and social services fields. She was president and
CEO of Senior Services of Seattle/King County from 1994 to 1999.
Prior to that she served as regional director Seattle-King County
Department of Public Health. Early in her career she was director
of the West Seattle YWCA.
Ms. McInturff received a BA in
sociology from Washington State University and a Masters in
Public Administration degree from the University of Puget Sound.
She has worked for many years
to increase the visibility of aging as a public health priority.
She was a visiting scholar at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention in 1998, and from 1994 to 2000, she was a clinical
assistant professor at the University of Washington's School
of Public Health and Community Medicine. She is currently on
the Board of Trustees at the Harborview Medical Center.
Ms. McInturff brought her exceptional
administrative skills and strong advocacy for seniors and public
health issues to Seattle Parks and Recreation. As Deputy Superintendent,
she helps manage one of the City of Seattle's largest departments.
Seattle Parks and Recreation has an annual operating budget
of $111 million; a staff of 1,000 that grows to 1,500 in the
summer; 6,600 acres of park land-equaling 10 percent of the
city's total acreage; 400 parks; and dozens of facilities. Ms.
McInturff helps develop programs, manage department finances,
and oversee policy development and community relations. She
played a key role in the development of the $198.2 million Pro
Parks Levy package that was approved by Seattle voters in 2000.
Urban Forester, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Senior Urban Forester, Mr. Mead manages the urban forestry programs
for the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Seattle.
The Urban Forestry Program consists of a trails restoration program,
an urban forest restoration program, and the tree care crews for
Seattle's Parks. Mark has over 18 years of experience managing
forestry and parks related programs and projects for large corporations,
as well as city, county, state and federal agencies. His career
in forestry and arboriculture has involved projects in California,
Washington, and Virginia. Utilizing resource management skills
originally intended to guide forestry goals, Mark has created
unique management programs for utilities that attempt to resolve
the conflicts between our growing treasures, trees, and a modern
necessity, electrical power lines. While working for federal forests
he mapped and helped to preserve over 1,600 acres of recreational
and culturally significant lands in eastern Washington. By mapping
the charismatic life of Lafayette's Revolutionary War partner
in arms Henry "Light Horse" Lee, Mark gave the state
of Virginia reason to provide significant funds to the development
of a state park at Lee's home, Leesylvania. His most recent accomplishment
has been aiding in the resolution of an illegal tree cutting case
in the Olmsted influenced Colman Park, receiving over $500,00
in damages for the Department. Mark utilizes the perception and
pragmatism gained across this broad spectrum of work to create
options and solutions for each challenge faced, hopefully creating
and preserving our green legacy.
The Berger Partnership
Michelsen is a Landscape Architect with The Berger Partnership
in Seattle where he has worked since 1995, becoming an associate
in 2000. Guy's background includes work as a design-build contractor
giving him a strong knowledge of plant materials, landscape construction,
and site work that complements his interest in community-oriented
His schooling at Washington State University included one year
at the WSU Spokane Urban Design Studio, emphasizing the study
of planning and design of the urban environment, in which Guy
remains strongly interested. He has worked on a wide variety of
projects including large-scale residential, urban commercial developments
(including strteet scapes and rooftop gardens), retail interactive
landscapes (REI), and city and community parks.
Guy is currently managing the design for a previously undeveloped
and inaccessible "quadrant" of Seattle's Gas Works Park.
The resulting design seeks to balance several acres of new space
into the park in a manner that is complimentary to Rich Haag's
original ground breaking monument to industrial reclamation. He
is also managing the 156 acre Sand Point Magnuson Park's Sports
Field and Wetland Habitat Complex project, helping to convert
a former naval base into one of Seattle's largest and most diverse
parks. Selected other projects also include: Lincoln Reservoir
Park, Seattle; REI Flagship, Bloomington Minnesota and REI concept
Store, Redmond, WA; Horizon Point Community Parks Master Plan;
Bellermine Prep High School, Tacoma; 1700 7th Avenue Building,
Seattle; Pacific Place Streetscape, Seattle.
Park Association, Newark; NAOP
Architect and Urban Planner, Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade &
Douglas, Inc., Portland, Oregon: President, ASLA
Morris is an internationally recognized landscape architect and
urban planner whose 22-year career has been dedicated to creating
environmentally balanced and civic-minded solutions for unique
and complex community development issues. He specializes in building
partnerships that result in broad based consensus by blending
technical sophistication with common sense politics. His practice
has been exemplified by a rigorous commitment to research and
innovation with a special emphasis on merging natural resource
planning and mixed-use community design through sustainable practices.
His work has taken him across the United States and to Canada,
Europe and the Far East, culminating in over 25 citations, recognitions
and awards including most recently from the U.S. Department of
Transportation for the I-405 Freeway Vision and the Local Government
Commission for the Twin Creeks Transit Oriented Development Master
Paul earned his undergraduate degree in landscape architecture
from the University of Oregon and graduate certificate in Planning
and Development from Harvard University. He holds national certification
and professional registration as a landscape architect and as
a registered mediator. His work has resulted in his selection
for inclusion in Who's Who in America in 1997 and induction as
a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1998.
Owner and principal of a Portland based consulting firm for eleven
years, Paul merged his practice in 1999 with the international
firm of Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade & Douglas, Inc. where
he now serves as senior supervising landscape architect and lead
urban designer for PB's National Land Use Resource Center. He
was born in Corvallis, Oregon and raised in Eugene as one of eight
children to parents who still reside there. For the past 17 years
he has made Portland home with wife Laverna, son Ketan and daughter