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Practice : Winter 2010
With a ba ckground in fine arts, sc ulpture and community service, Heather Heimarck brings a socia l and environmental ethic to the practice of her art. Heather studied sculpture as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, A nn A rbor, and has exhibited her work nationally. While working in an artist’s col laborative in the Netherlands, Ms. Heimarck developed an awareness of landscape architecture; it’s sculptura l and dynamic terrain, resulting in her return to the States to enroll in Har vard’s Graduate School of Design. Ms. Heimarck received a Ma ster of Landscape Architecture and the Janet Darling Webel Award for Design from Har vard. After graduation, Ms. Heimarck gained valuable e xperience working in sma ll de sign firms, including an innovative firm in Houston, TX, Slaney and Santana Group, as well as rising to senior associate at Richard Burck Associates, Somerville, MA. Following nine ye ars of practice, she opened her own business, HighMark Land Design, specializing in site design and environmental science. In 2008, HighMark La nd Design merged with long term collaborator, Gina Foglia, Foglia Design Associates, creating a new landscape a rchitecture firm focused on c ommunity, smart growth, and artistically designing with the environment. Heimarck a nd Foglia LLC is SOMBA/DBE certified a nd recently received a Gold Medal Prism Award from the Builders A ssociation of Greater Boston for “Most Innovative Single Family Green Design” with architects, Z ero Energ y Design. Ms. Heimarck is an experienc ed educ ator teaching in a Quaker high school, that performs work ser vic es in different communities around the United States to adult educ ation. Ms. Heima rck ha s been on the fa culty of the Rhode Isla nd School of Design, the Boston Architectural College, a nd lead instructor in La ndscape Architecture for a program for a spiring landscape architects, “Career Discovery” of Har vard’s Graduate School of Design. At The Landscape Institute, Ms. Heimarck taught “Methods and Materials in Landscape Construction” before she w as appointed Incoming Director in 2007. Heather has been a pivotal force in integrating The L andscape Institute into the BAC. NEWsWoRThy ] hEaThER hEImaRck heather d. heimarck, director, The landscape Institute Choreographing movement through space, anticipating the effects of natural forces — water, cyclical change, wind and shadow — remain par ticularly interesting to landscape designers. ThE laNdscapE INsTITuTE For The Landscape Institute and BAC students, the addition of this program means the expansion of landscape design; preservation and history offerings; research capabilities; domestic and international travel programs; and community service opportunities. Students enrolled at The Landscape Institute enjoy an exciting new location at the heart of Boston’s Back Bay as well as an e nhanced resources and support , with greater access to library facilities, leading-edge technologies and administrative and advising assistance. This moment is transformative. The Institute is now part of an academic community committed to comprehensive design education. heather d. heimarck 11 pRacTIcE