About the author, Naomi A. Sachs

Naomi A. Sachs, ASLA, EDAC

Naomi Sachs, PhD, ASLA, EDAC is Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network.

Naomi has published and presented nationally and internationally on the positive role of nature in human health and well-being. She is co-author, with Clare Cooper Marcus, of the book Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces.

She is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. At Cornell she serves on the Nature Rx @Cornell Steering Committee and is an Industry Scholar with the Institute for Health Futures.

Naomi received a doctorate in Architecture from Texas A&M University, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Women’s Studies from Brown University.

She is Co-Editor with Jan Stichler and Kirk Hamilton of the peer reviewed Health Environments Research & Design Journal.

Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor SpacesNaomi serves on the Center for Health Design‘s Research Coalition and Environmental Standards Council and is an instructor at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Healthcare Garden Design Certificate Program. She is an Advisory Board member of Gardens for Heroes and has served on the Editorial Review Board of the American Horticultural Therapy Association‘s Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture since 2007. 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. 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 is also Principal at Naomi Sachs Design, a design and consulting firm with a focus on landscapes that facilitate health and well-being.

4 Responses to “About the author, Naomi A. Sachs”

  1. Hessam says:

    hi Dear Naomi
    I am going to write my doctorate proposal by this title” atriums as healing gardens inspired from Persian gardens” but I am in trouble with methodology. do you think that we should construct such a magnificent healing garden in an atrium?
    what is your idea?

    sincerely yours

    • Naomi Sachs says:

      Hi Hessam, Atrium gardens are a great idea, and I don’t know of much research on the topic (I think there is one article about an atrium garden at a children’s hospital in Toronto?), so you would definitely be contributing to the literature. If you can build an atrium garden (it wouldn’t even necessarily have to be all that elaborate) and study pre- and post- installation, that would be terrific. Look at other studies – you will have to go outside of gardens to healthcare in general, or outside of healthcare to gardens and nature in general (especially look at office spaces). Another possibility would be to study preferences with photoshopped versions of the same space with and without natural light and plants. Case studies will also probably be useful. Be sure to look at staff and not just patient and visitors. I’ll email you directly with this as well. And feel free to post a discussion on our TLN Linked In group! Best, Naomi

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  3. Marie Sakai says:


    My name is Marie’ Sakai. I am the Co-Editor on the Fine Arts page for http://www.allthingshealing.com. I am seeking permission to post your art, “TLN Blog: Exploring the connection between nature and health;
    Interview with Dr. Esther Sternberg, Author of Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being”

    found here: http://www.healinglandscapes.org/blog/2009/09/interview-with-dr-esther-sternberg-author-of-healing-spaces-the-science-of-place-and-well-being/

    Full credit will be noted, and I will include any links for more info that you would like to include. I would love to bring more exposure to you and share your wonderful article with my readers. Our site has been live for ten months now and we just hit over 3 million pageviews. Finally, I will also post your bio and photo from your site.
    Please include a link for both the bio and the photo or where to find it.
    Please note without your bio and photo, I cannot reprint your article.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you so much for your consideration,

    Marie’ Sakai
    Co-Editor for the Fine Arts

    PS – please note that if you grant me permission, your articles could also appear on the variety of other social media channels that we utilize (Ie, Facebook, Twitter, Care2.com etc).

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