I'm the founder of Heavy Meadow. I seek design solutions for social and ecological problems using the tools of my trade, landscape architecture.
Here is a rough and annotated version my resume.
1) I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and still consider it a home. The “Land of Enchantment” played a major role in my compulsion to be surrounded by beauty.
2) I did my undergraduate education at The University of Pennsylvania, where I studied in a program then called, “Design of the Environment.” I graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2000.
3) My six years in Philadelphia solidified my interest in urban renewal. A year spent in East Berlin in 1998, as the city was undergoing major transformation, further influenced my appreciation for how cities can be reinvented.
4) My first job after college was with Margie Ruddick, an award-winning landscape architect known for her work integrating water into site design, who I consider a design mentor to this day.
5) I got my MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in 2004. I was honored to receive the Jacob Weidenman Award for the highest ability and achievement in design at graduation.
6) Following my time at the GSD, I relocated to New York City. During the course of my four years in the city, I worked for Balmori Associates, where I designed the award winning competition entry for a cultural plaza in Shanghai. I also worked as a designer and project manager for WRT, a world-renowned planning and landscape firm. While at WRT, I worked on the design for the winning entry of Rutgers University College Avenue Campus Master Plan, The New York Aquarium Perimeter Vision Competition, and managed the conceptual design for The Urban Garden Room at One Bryant Park.
7) In 2008 I fell in love with New Orleans and left New York to launch a program called, Growing Home, which is a blight alleviation and beatification program for the City of New Orleans. Over the course of 5 years as the director, over a thousand families reclaimed vacant lots and over $10,000,000 worth of investments through landscape improvements were injected back into the neighborhoods.
8) Research and academia interweave with my professional work. I have taught design studios in landscape architecture at the GSD, Louisiana State University, and Tulane's School of Architecture as an adjunct lecturer and participated as an invited critic on numerous reviews.
9) In 2013 I became a licensed landscape architect and returned to the West where I now live in Los Angeles and currently work as a designer for Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina, the city is still struggling with how to bring life back to the more than 60,000 abandoned properties that scar its streets. One of the most innovative remedies so far has been Growing Home, a blight remediation program that empowers homeowners to buy vacant lots in their neighborhoods and transform them into green spaces. In 2008 Abigail Feldman moved to New Orleans to help launch and direct the program for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.