TEND draws on the depth of knowledge of the founding partners who are distinguished by their technical expertise uniquely paired with hands-on practice with living systems—soils and plants.
The partners have years of experience designing and managing a range of landscape types and scales. TEND understands the economic, social and environmental importance of well-executed landscape design.
Julie has worked closely with city agencies, corporations, volunteers, and other non-profit entities to advise on the daily operations of landscape management. She recognizes the value of an involved workforce to the on-going care and management of a landscape, and understands the balance required between outside perceptions and internal operations. She brings her practical experience of balancing the realities of a site and budget with the goals, expectations, and capacity of the stakeholders.
Prior to forming TEND, Julie gained expertise in landscape management of high-profile public spaces through her 14 years as a project manager with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. She demonstrates her commitment to education and best practices in chemical-free landscape maintenance, and engages with some of the most respected, progressive professionals in the field. Julie creates and presents many educational programs, which focus on advocacy of best practices and provide a forum for professionals in the field to learn and share information. Most notably, she partnered with the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) to coordinate the first Philadelphia area Accredited Organic Land Care Course.
Julie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an ISA certified arborist and a NOFA certified organic land care professional and has taught classes on plant identification and urban ecology as adjunct faculty at Philadelphia University and Temple University.
Lisa is a registered landscape architect in Pennsylvania and a NOFA certified organic land care professional. Lisa’s work over the past decade has been focused on fostering connections between people and their environments, understanding key components of interlocking issues then proposing meaningful solutions. Through projects of various scales and landscape typologies, Lisa has engaged stakeholders in improving the quality of life through the built landscape. With a land ethic distilled from her family’s farming heritage, Lisa is dedicated to creating spaces that connect people to natural systems.
Prior to forming TEND, Lisa was a project manager collaborating in the establishment of animal habitats within zoological living museums, interpreting conservation to a broad public audience. Lisa’s civic contributions began during her tenure with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society where she designed and supervised a portfolio of civic scale and neighborhood-based landscape improvement projects merging grey and green infrastructure, facilitating community engagement, and building partnerships across social, economic and agency lines, while maintaining local stewardship beyond project installation.
Educated at Purdue University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture, Lisa has worked directly with community groups, municipal agencies, community development corporations, and a wide range of design professionals in the aim of improving quality of life, fostering connection, and stewarding diverse environments.