2014-17 Minneapolis Parks Fellow
Bruce Chamberlain, ASLA
Founding Principal, LOAM, LLC
Bruce Chamberlain uses his design creativity, community passion, and urban sensibility as a platform for next-generation city-building. Words like interwoven, layered, systemic and rooted begin to describe the basis of Bruce’s approach to professional practice. A range of experiences from childhood on the family farm to a passion for travel to a deep appreciation for community plus twenty five years in public and private urban design practice converge to influence his dynamic perspective on the urban landscape.
After 22 years in private practice, Bruce assumed leadership of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s planning division in 2011 with a charge to propel the City’s storied park system into the 21st Century. In his 3 1/2 years with the Park Board, Bruce transformed the organization’s approach to community engagement, recruited an in-house design and planning team, built a charrette-based studio, bolstered community trust, and established a broad tone of excellence. In his tenure he was responsible for constructing more than $45 million in capital improvements, completing numerous planning initiatives and steering a transformative vision called RiverFirst for the city’s Mississippi River corridor.
Bruce is past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is a University of Minnesota, HWS Cleveland Visiting Scholar and stays closely involved with academia as an invited speaker, guest critic and mentor. As a lifelong student of urban space, Bruce has traveled much of the world to absorb other cultures’ approaches to public space, city-building and resilience.