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Prior to his career in landscape architecture, Andrew Bernard spent 10 years in the field of hydrology with the US Geological Survey. He “played in rivers and streams all over the country” developing a deep appreciation for water and the need to protect it. Andrew’s passion for water conservation, innovative green infrastructure, place-making, and environmentally sensitive design has influenced his path to landscape architecture. He promotes the importance of landscape architecture in solving many of our most pressing environmental and social issues. As a Landscape Architect, Andrew applies his expertise in storm water management and placemaking to provide innovative and sound designs that merge the necessity of managing runoff with the potential for it to be used in creative and sustainable ways before being sent to the drain.
He has worked on projects ranging in complexity and scale from small basic planting plans to several hundred-acre parks such as Taylor Ranch Park in Hobbs, NM. His experience with green infrastructure and low-impact development has been utilized to develop several sustainability guidance manuals for municipalities including the first standard green infrastructure details for the City of Albuquerque’s Design Process Manual. As an avid cyclist, Andrew has leveraged this experience for developing excellent trail plans such as the Paso del Norte Trail in El Paso, Texas.
Andrew also invests in his community. He served as the National Student Representative to the American Society of Landscape Architects Board of Trustees and is currently a member of the NM chapter. Andrew graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Environmental Science. He received his Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico where he now teaches an undergraduate “Community Placemaking” studio course as an Adjunct Professor. His research into water infrastructures and low-impact water management practices in arid regions worldwide help him better understand and address the environmental needs of the arid Southwest. As a co-founder of the Arid LID Coalition, Andrew invests in the development, research, and promotion of effective sustainable development practices that are regionally appropriate.