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Landscape Architecture Month: Q&A with Joni Giese

April is World Landscape Architecture Month. Join our Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Group as we kick off a month-long celebration honoring the profession. Be sure to check our website and social media channels to learn more about our team members, favorite projects, and the expertise and energy that we bring to our work.

Joni Giese, PLA, ASLA, AICP | Principal – Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning

Joined SRF:  2005

Master of Science and Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota,
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Mankato State University

What do you enjoy most about your job? 
I am always learning something new.

What type of projects interest you the most? 
I find multidisciplinary, urban redevelopment projects the most interesting.

What do you feel like is the most important role of a landscape architect and why?
Landscape Architects are trained to analyze and integrate numerous (and many time competing) programmatic requirements while creating a “place” that meets the environmental, functional, and social needs of a community.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of work? 
I enjoy water sports (sailing and kayaking), biking and battling with the rabbits that like to eat my garden plants.

What is your favorite park?
Temperance River State Park – I love the all the falls.

What is the first concert you ever attended?
ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)

Who inspires you?
Many of the younger Landscape Architects – I love their fresh ideas and approaches.

Connect with Joni.

SRF University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Pleasant Street Reconstruction