Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC, has a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Women Studies from Brown University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning.
She is currently a PhD candidate in Architecture at Texas A&M University within the Center for Health Systems and Design. For her dissertation, Naomi is developing a standardized toolkit for the evaluation of gardens in healthcare facilities. She is the recipient of the 2014 Center for Health Design New Investigator Award and the 2012-2013 W. W. Caudill Endowed Graduate Research Fellowship in Architecture.
Naomi is Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network, a knowledge base and gathering space that provides information, education, advocacy, and inspiration about landscapes that promote health and well-being. The TLN website, www.healinglandscapes.org, serves a global, interdisciplinary network of designers, health and human service providers, scholars, and garden and nature enthusiasts.
As her “day job,” Naomi is Editorial Assistant for Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD).
Naomi serves on the faculty at the Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit program; the Center for Health Design’s Environmental Standards Council; and the Editorial Review Board for the American Horticultural Therapy Association‘s Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture. She is Past Chair of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Healthcare and Therapeutic Design Professional Practice Network. While living in Beacon, NY, Naomi served on the City of Beacon Planning Board and as Chair of the City of Beacon Tree and Streetscape Committee.
Naomi Sachs Design offers landscape design and consulting services for healthcare, commercial, public, and residential clients with a focus on restorative landscapes and evidence-based design (EBD).