Janet Silbernagel Balster, PhD, ASLA, SITES AP, WBE

I bring extensive international and public lands experience to my practice. I have spent 25 years in academics as faculty of landscape architecture, GIS and conservation at two universities, where I led projects in Asia, Europe, the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Lakes regions. Prior to being a professor, I worked as a landscape ecologist and landscape architect with the US Forest Service.

I care deeply about landscape stewardship and have been blessed to work in places around the world where nature and culture thrive. In turn, I am committed to share my talents and tools to support the legacy and stewardship of such valued places. I believe places are at the heart of who we are, framing our experiences and relationships.

My family name, Silbernagel, translates from German to Silvernail, as in a blacksmith or silversmith. To me Silvernail conveys a powerful and simple tool, made of a beautiful metal from the earth. Likewise, Silvernail Studio for Geodesign applies powerful geographic tools to help communities and landowners realize the simple and natural beauty of their place on earth.