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1 hour 7 minutes


Landscape architecture, Sustainable design -- Oregon -- Portland, Urban runoff, Green Roofs -- Gardening


Interview of Carol Mayer-Reed by Robyn Russnogle at on December 1st, 2006.

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Carol Mayer-Reed is a Portland based landscape architect and partner at Mayer/Reed. She has collaborated on projects ranging from waterfront and site master planning to natural water systems, transportation corridors, bridges, museums, government facilities, and corporate campuses. She's won awards for her work on projects, including Portland's Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, The Rain Garden at the Oregon Convention Center, and the Nike World Headquarters Campus. She earned a BFA in interior design at Ohio State University, and a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from Utah State University.


Carol Mayer-Reed is a Landscape Architect with Mayer-Reed Landscape Architecture. Mayer-Reed talks about her upbringing, spending time outside while growing up in the Midwest and having a love of nature instilled by her parents. Also discussed are the beginnings of her business and her past projects in the Portland Metro area, including Nike Headquarters, the Sellwood Waterfront, and the Portland Convention Center’s Rain Garden. Eco-Roofs, the merits of native versus ornamental plant use, water garden projects, and storm water management are also discussed—along with how Mayer/Reed considers these aspects in their business practices.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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