Principal, Kenneth Weikal Landscape Architecture; 22 years providing site planning, Landscape Architecture, native and sustainable landscape design, ornamental horticulture; specializing in parks, public spaces and housing - affordable, single and multifamily, senior campuses and senior care facilities.
Partner, Kenneth Weikal Landscape Architecture; 13 years in concept, design and project management; has lived in Mérida, Yucatán, México; Houston, Miami, London, Los Angeles and currently lives in Detroit. Fluent in Spanish. Areas of interest: organic gardening, permaculture, local food issues and community design.
// Lafayette Greens: An Urban Garden
Principal, Deak Planning and Design; Master planning and land planning, Landscape Architecture for housing, mixed use, retail and entertainment.
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Principal in design firm C3; Industrial designer with 30 years experience in product, graphics, interior and exterior architecture, recognized nationally/internationally for numerous restoration projects in adaptive re-use for commercial facilities.
President - Town Hall Los Angeles National Authority on Urban Economic Development; Winner of 1989 Council on Urban Economic Development (CUED) "Most Innovative Economic Development Program", 1989-2002 University of Southern California, 1989-1995 Professor and Chair of the Entrepreneurial Studies Department, 1995-2002 Professor, Annenberg Fellow and Executive Director of the Annenberg Incubator Project: 1980-1989 University of Houston, 1980-1984 Professor and Chair of the Business Policy and Strategy Department, 1984-1989 Professor and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center.
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Michigan State University Professor of Horticulture and Organic FarmingFrom 1998 to present, worked with undergraduate and graduate students to develop the MSU organic farm - currently 10 total acres with 13,000 square feet under cover and 7 acres in cultivation. Including organic transplant production, winter production and harvesting of baby salad greens, year-round organic vegetable production; production and use of compost for fertility, transplant media and water extracts (tea) for managing soil and plant health; effect of irrigation method and water quality on nutrient management in peat-based media; fertilization methods for peat-based media. Social emphasis is on both ecological farming and cultivating connections between the community and farmers. Dr. Biernbaum has been invited to talk in 19 states over a five-year period, and has been providing educational programs for small-scale organic farmers through the Organic University and MSU Extension including organization of the Michigan Conference on Organic Agriculture (3 yrs) and Organic sessions for the Great Lakes Fruit and Vegetable Expo (4 yrs).
// MSU Organic Farm // John Biernbaum
Financial management / nonprofit governance; co-founder of the Quantum Leap Institute consulting firm, specializing in the Financial Services Industry, Corporations and non-profits. Recipient of the Municipal League Man of the Year, the Urban League National Volunteer award; currently serves on the boards of Los Angeles Red Cross, Los Angeles United Cerebral Palsy, Los Angeles Town Hall and Univ. of Washington-Tacoma School of Urban Studies Advisory Board
Architect and planner, specialist in Urban Design and Town Planning; 25 years of experience the design and implementing sustainable neighborhood developments and communities, new and infill mixed use developments and community revitalization plans and strategies, based upon the principles of compactness, and walk-ability, combined with a specific focus on sustainable commerce within the context of regional economic autonomy, location efficiency, and transportation choice.
// woodwardavenue.org // mjarchitects.com
Watershed Resource Strategist; Manages approximately 3700 miles of surface water drains, ditches, brooks, creeks and rivers in Ingham County , Michigan. 2008 Innovation and Excellence Award from MACDC, for the Towar Rain Garden Drains. 1999 Michigan, Engineering and Surveying Excellence, Honorable Concept-or Award, for innovative Storm Water Management, The Tollgate Drain. 2007 Recipient of "Hero of the Lakes Award" by Clean Water Action for outstanding work in the area of environment protection.
Project Manager, Detroit DTE Energy Gardens - 8 metro Detroit volunteer organic gardens growing food for the Gleaners Community Food Bank on DTE Energy properties. For more than 32 years, Gleaners has been "nourishing communities by feeding hungry people". As one of the oldest food banks in the United States, Gleaners Community Food Bank's mission is to turn surplus food, which otherwise would go to waste, into millions of nutritious meals for hungry people in southeastern Michigan.
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