Main contact for the project:
joni m. palmer, Ph.D., ASLA
Cultural Planner
(505) 228 1886

Project Team

joni m. palmer PhD, ASLA

-PhD (University of Colorado at Boulder, Geography, 2012) Dissertation title: The Politics of “The Public”:  Public Art, Urban Revitalization and the Post-Industrial City—The Case of Downtown Denver

-MLA (Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Landscape Architecture, 1991)

-B.S. (Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, City and Regional Planning / College of Human Ecology, Human-Environment Relations
Comprehensive Exam Areas (4):  Urban Geography; Cultural Geography; Feminist Geography; Critical Visualizations: Cartography, Mapping, and Representation

Over the past 25 years joni’s professional life has been a blend of practice and academia.  She has worked with design firms in Boston, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco, and has taught in a variety of disciplinary programs across the country.  Her professional practice includes landscape architecture, urban planning, cultural planning, public art, and cultural policy, while her research interests cover cultural planning, landscape studies, public art, vernacular creativities, and visual representation.

joni lives in Albuquerque.

Libby Knott

Libby Knott is a Master’s Degree candidate in Landscape Architecture studying at the Boston Architectural College. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Her Master’s thesis explores the reconnection that can be made between humans and other biotic organisms through the design of aesthetically appealing yet performative urban landscapes. Using the plight of the honey bee and the concept of “living in place,” her thesis project aims to challenge our anthropocentric, culturally-driven attitudes toward realignment with those unseen natural systems that support human life and wellbeing.

Knott has a diverse background of experience that includes social work, marketing communications, public relations, graphic design, event planning, and restaurant ownership. She currently works as a landscape designer for Patricia Van Buskirk, Landscape Architecture, Hingham, MA. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast, organic gardener, and local food proponent.

Carey Anne Nadeau

Carey Anne Nadeau is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in City Planning at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Master’s thesis investigates the extent to which low wages and the ability to budget for public transportation to work act as a barrier to employment for low-income families. Concurrently, she is working at the Lab for Regional Innovation and Spatial Analysis along with Professor Amy Glasmeier to quantify the cost of living for families living in US metropolitan areas.

Previously, Nadeau worked as a Research Analyst at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, focusing on comparative analyses of human geography and human capital in metropolitan areas. Prior to joining the Brookings Institution, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center to analyze policies and programs targeted towards low-income individuals involved with the criminal justice system. Nadeau has also served as a Senior Mentor for Fellows in the Brookings-Urban Institute Summer Academy to advise research on American Indian tribal policy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a focus in Public Policy from The George Washington University, magna cum laude.

Julie Shapiro, student ASLA

Julie Shapiro is pursuing her master’s degree in landscape architecture at the University of Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College, and has studied landscape architecture at the Boston Architectural College. She currently works as a mentor to Boston high-school students at the Boston ArtScience Prize, an academic afterschool program that promotes multidisciplinary creativity and entrepreneurship.

Shapiro has experience in organic agriculture, outdoor education, community events planning, and youth development. Her research interests include urban design for adolescents, the relationship between wilderness and landscape architecture, and the role of public space in facilitating festivals and other arts events within neighborhoods.

The Steering Committee:

Stanley Allen, City of Albuquerque Arts Board
Valerie Martinez, Director, Little Globe
Jim Walther, Museum Director, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Gretchen Williams, Albuquerque Director of Development, NDI at The Hiland
Chris Wilson, Professor and Director HPR Certificate, UNM, SA+P*
Mo Palmer, Historian and Archivist*

*Assisted and advised the steering committee in initial phases of the project

Partner Agencies:

Cultural Services, City of Albuquerque

Betty Rivera, Director
City/County Building-6th floor
Telephone: (505) 768-3556
Fax: (505) 768-2846

Creative ABQ

Bob White, Board President

City Council Districts


The study area includes parts of city council districts:

District 2 (Isaac Benton)
District 4 (Brad Winter)
District 6 (Rey Garduño)
District 7 (Diane G. Gibson)
District 9 (Don Harris)

Full list of Albuquerque City Councilors and more information on city council districts.



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