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Thomas Woltz, owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, leads one of the most revered landscape architecture RIGH
firms on the planet. Kath Hudson
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caught up with him while he
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was on a fact finding mission, camping on the Montana plains
THOM AS WOLTZ
oltz’ firm’s legacy includes
of Landscape Architect Council of Fellows – one
thousands of acres of reforested
of the highest honours achieved in the profession
land, reconstructed wetlands,
– and in 2013 was named the Design Innovator of
native meadows, wildlife habitats,
the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine.
as well as – at Hudson Yards – the
He also serves on the board of directors of the
creation of the biggest new park in
Cultural Landscape Foundation and the University
Manhattan for a century. Restoration, biodiversity and sustainability are at the heart of the firm’s
Formed by Warren Byrd and Susan Nelson in 1985,
work, which spans public and private land, as
Nelson Byrd Landscape Architects became Nelson
well as agricultural land and urban settings.
Byrd Woltz in 2004, when Woltz became a partner. He
Educated at the University of Virginia in
of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation.
took over ownership in 2013. The firm has offices in
architecture, landscape architecture, fine art and
New York City, Charlottesville, Virginia and Houston,
architectural history, Woltz also has a master’s
Texas. Within the past 15 years it has practiced in
degree in landscape architecture and architecture.
more than 25 states and 10 countries and garnered
In 2011, he was invested into the American Society
more than 100 national and international awards.