James Patchett

James Patchett, ASLA, LEED AP, is founder and president of Conservation Design Forum Inc.  in Elmhurst, Ill. He is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading pioneers in the design and promotion of sustainable site planning methodologies that integrate innovative water resource management and ecological restoration measures into built environments.  Trained both as a landscape architect and hydrologist, Patchett has served on a variety of national technical advisory committees including the ASLA Sustainable Sites initiative and is highly sought as a speaker and educator on the subject. He is the co-founder of Conservation Research Institute. Patchett received an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture and master’s degrees in both landscape architecture and civil engineering (water resources) from Iowa State University and has completed course work for a PhD in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources.