Quinn Evans Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Brenda Williams, ASLA to Principal. She provides the firm with leadership as a landscape architect with a focus on the conservation of cultural landscapes.
Williams joined QEA in 1998, and has worked extensively with the National Park Service as well as other public and private clients facilitating stewardship of significant properties. Her experience includes a wide range of significant sites, including design for small-scale recreational and interpretive landscapes, as well as the comprehensive analysis and planning for properties as large as five-thousand acres. Her approach to addressing the experiences of users and visitors to landscapes has enhanced numerous projects.
Brenda brings a depth of understanding to historic properties and culturally significant landscapes. Through thorough research, project immersion and stakeholder engagement, she has the ability to clearly understand the story, history and significance of a place. Her leadership and unique experience in the development of Cultural Landscape Reports enhances the value of QEA’s offerings in preservation planning and cultural resource management.
—Larry Barr, AIA, President, Quinn Evans Architects
In her work Brenda facilitates a collaborative approach to the planning and management of cultural landscapes - a process that educates stakeholders about the significance of historic landscapes and integrates multiple viewpoints. Her design solutions integrate natural and cultural landscape resources to develop environments that are engaging and inspirational.
"Conserving significant cultural landscapes is most fulfilling when we help people reconnect to places and stories that are important to their community. "
—Brenda Williams, ASLA
Williams earned her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (1988) from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture (1995) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and serves on the Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network Leadership Group; is Vice President of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation; and serves on the Taliesin Preservation Inc, Board of Trustees. She speaks widely on a variety of topics centered on the value of cultural landscapes.
She is currently addressing design and management of the Blood Run National Historic Landmark through a Cultural Landscape Master Plan for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as well as a Historic Treatment Report for the landscape at the Sanson Ranch, located within Wind Cave National Park, for the National Park Service.