I was born in Willmar, Minnesota in 1952 into a family with two older brothers. My oldest brother taught landscape architecture at USU for 42 years. I received my undergraduate degree in LAEP in 1976 from USU. I attended Harvard University in 1980 and received my masters degree in 1982. I have practiced professionally in landscape architecture since 1976 and been a partner in two successful design practices with national/international reputations. I have two grown children Natalie and Sam.