About the Author, Naomi Sachs
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC is Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network.
Naomi received her MLA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. In December of 1999, she launched the TLN’s precursor website, the Therapeutic Landscapes Database, which won the ASLA Professional Awards Communications Award of Merit in 2004.
Naomi has taught and spoken about the restorative benefits of nature throughout the United States, and has written and been interviewed extensively on the subject. She wrote the chapter “Psychiatric Hospitals” for Clare Cooper Marcus and Marni Barnes’ award-winning book Healing Gardens: Therapeutic Benefits and Design Recommendation and is currently working with Clare Cooper Marcus on another book about Therapeutic Gardens.
She has been an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the ASLA Healthcare and Therapeutic Design Professional Practice Network since 1999, and served as HTD PPN Co-Chair and Chair in ’05-‘06 and ’06-‘07, respectively. She serves on the Center for Health Design’s Environmental Standards Council, and has served on the Editorial Review Board of the American Horticultural Therapy Association‘s Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture since 2007. She is on the faculty at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program. She is currently writing a book on therapeutic landscapes with Clare Cooper Marcus, to be published by John Wiley & Sons in 2013.
Naomi is also Principal at Naomi Sachs Design, a design and consulting firm with a focus on landscapes that facilitate health and well-being.
In her spare time, Naomi enjoys working, reading, and just being in her own garden in Beacon, NY.