Principal Landscape Architect, Local Office Landscape & Urban Design
Jennifer Bolstad is a landscape architect, an educator and a community organizer for social and environmental justice. Together with Walter Meyer, she is co-founder of Local Office Landscape and Urban Design, based in Brooklyn, New York. She teaches at Parsons/The New School for Design and holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her research and practice concentration is coastal landscapes at all scales, operating between infrastructure, urbanism and ecology. Bolstad’s ecology-driven design work starts with modeling vulnerabilities – both atmospheric, such as storm surge, and anthropogenic, such as economic crisis – and exploring infrastructural solutions that offer multiple benefits. Once implemented, these projects provide performance metrics that can inform cost-benefit models and policy change.