About the author, Naomi A. 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 is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture at Texas A&M University, focusing on access to nature in healthcare environments through the Center for Health Systems and Design.
Her new book, co-authored with Clare Cooper Marcus, was published in October, 2013: Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces. Click HERE for more details.
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 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.
Naomi is also Principal at Naomi Sachs Design, a design and consulting firm with a focus on landscapes that facilitate health and well-being.