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Ed Mickelson, FASLA

As Design Leader for NBBJ’s Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Practice, Ed’s integrative approach and passion for collaborative design lead to extraordinary outcomes for the client, the users, society and the environment. Ed oversees a wide range of projects and promotes collaboration and discovery through his inclusive working style. He enjoys leading and mentoring teams and ultimately aspires to develop projects that combine artistic expression with social purpose and are high-value, high-performance and high-design.

Ed is regarded as a leading voice in the design of many of the firm’s most prestigious projects; his concepts are well-conceived, practical and provocative. He directs projects of national, international and cultural significance and builds consensus among disparate groups for the realization of clients’ specific goals. During his 35-year career he has won more than 30 design awards for his work in the planning and design of highly complex sites and campuses in the United States, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait.

Ed has been actively involved in leading NBBJ’s long standing co-op program with Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University and has been a presenter and guest critic at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Buffalo, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. His design work has been published in professional journals such as Landscape Architecture Magazine, World Architecture, World Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architect and Specifier News, and Tasarim.


Iowa State University’s Landscape Architecture Advisory Council, Former member
Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Former president