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    Jay Womack, ASLA, LEED AP

    Jay Womack, ASLA, LEED AP

    Adjunct Professor
    Director, Landscape and Ecological Design, WRD Environmental, Inc.

    Program of Landscape Architecture


    Office Hours: By appointment
    Phone: 312.567.3230
    Fax: 312.567.5820
    Email: jwomack@wrdenvironmental.com
    Web: WRD Environmental, Inc.


    • Ecological design, sustainable stormwater management, native plant habitats


    • B.S.L.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Curriculum Vitae

    Courses Taught

    Research & Major Accomplishments

    Jay Womack, with over 20 years of experience, is the Director of Landscape and Ecological Design at WRD Environmental, a firm that has provided sustainable results for its clients since 1993. In particular, Jay has a professional background that reflects his lifelong affinity for the natural areas of the Midwest. His design process is based on an understanding that every site contains a unique and ever-changing part of the global system. Therefore, every design solution requires innovation that is achieved through the partnership of environmental and economic growth. Jay also believes that the reconnection of people to the natural environment is an important link regardless of location and can be accomplished through ecological principles that support Aldo Leopold’s land ethic.

    Jay applies this philosophy to his course at IIT, which is designed to introduce students to a number of ecologists/conservationists and how they view the landscape in terms of ecological principles and self-renewal. The course provides a practical overview of various facets of ecological systems in relationship to function and design of both urban and suburban landscapes and the role landscape architects play to protect and enhance them. Through a combination of lectures, readings, field trips, and project work, students will endeavor to "see" the landscape through the eyes of an ecologist. Field trips are used to relate systems recognition, biodiversity, restoration, and stewardship in conjunction with conventional construction techniques, disturbance, invasive species, and fire management. Urban runoff, the significant negative impact it has on local habitats, and the role landscape architects play in solving the problem is key to the field trips and discussions. The sequence of field trips/readings/discussions are intended to provide basic information and philosophies on ecological restoration/natural areas management and the latest in green infrastructure technologies related to stormwater management.

    Current Projects

    • Hidden Oaks Nature Center—targeting LEED Platinum
    • Cermak Road Streetscape
    • Hoover Forest Preserve
    • Natural Resources Committee of Geneva
    • Naperville School District 203




    Selected Publications

    The Greenest Street in Chicago; Public Works, 2010
    Hidden Meaning- Best Practices in Stormwater Management; Parks and Rec Business, 2010
    Go Green, Think Blue; College Planning and Management, 2009
    Going Green Begins by Thinking Blue; School Planning and Management, 2009
    "It's All About the Water," Green Bytes
    "When It Rains, It Drains," Landscape Construction and Management
    "Rainwater Recycling and Ecology," Landscape Architect and Specifier News

    Professional Society Memberships

    Editorial Board Service

    Professional Society Service

    • American Society of Landscape Architects
    • Past President, Illinois Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects
    • The Conservation Foundation, Advisory Committee, Kane County
    • Natural Resources Committee of Geneva (Illinois)
    • Capital Development Board, Green Building Advisory Committee
    • U.S. Green Building Council - Chicago Chapter

    Grants and Fellowships

    Community Service