Parks Fellow & RAs

2014-16 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.

Research Assistants in Practice

Made possible by a generous private contribution to the Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Design, University of Minnesota.

Christopher Tallman is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota working toward his Master’s in Landscape Architecture (MLA). With a background in restoration carpentry and nine years of running a successful timber framing business he sought to complete a life long goal of obtaining his undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Minnesota. That career shift has opened horizons never imagined and led to Chris’ matriculation into the MLA program. Chris is interested in the designers potential to embed social resiliency into our built environment.

Kelly Watters is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota College of Design, where she is a candidate for a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. Originally from New Jersey, Watters received her BA in Architectural Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she also minored in environmental studies and anthropology. She has been a research assistant for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, interned for New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Maser Consulting, and served as a teaching assistant for the University of Minnesota’s 2015 Cities on Water study abroad trip.