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School of Landscape Architecture
Sarah Bolivar, PLA, is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research explores how individual and collective actions can support migrating plants and wildlife, and by extension, the palpable and cultural meaning they hold in people’s lives. Building on coastal resilience research in Japan and Washington state, watershed restoration with local government in Bellingham, WA, and riverfront design and masterplanning projects with AECOM, Sarah’s work weaves the indelible impact and power of water alongside the potential of animal and plant communities to thrive. From submerged grounds to high elevation regions across the Americas, Sarah’s work aims to capture how designing for vulnerable plant and wildlife populations can both address biodiversity threats and affirm human quality of life. Her process emphasizes storytelling (visual, written, and oral) as a tool for building participatory and immersive environments whereby the public imagination can conceive more porous, hybrid, and resilient landscapes.