Jeff came to Bienenstock with a diverse background in design, advocacy, activism and connecting children to nature. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, and his studies focused on youth development and community revitalization.
Jeff’s work has taken him from U.S. Air Force Bases in southeastern Turkey and Germany, across the United States and Canada. He has worked at the federal, provincial, municipal and local levels in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Past projects include schools, nature centers, arboretums, higher education systems, mixed-use developments and community planning.
Beyond his design work, Jeff has developed extensive experience advocating, speaking, training and planning. Highlights:
- Establishing the state of Nebraska’s first food forest
- Speaking at TEDxLincoln, Ignite Houston and the Children & Nature Network Conference on topics including food security, inclusive design and the value of play
- Organizing INTERSECTIONS 2017, a multidisciplinary conference focused on interdisciplinary collaboration to solve modern-day urban issues
Jeff’s diverse background gives him the unique ability to speak the language of educators, understand the challenges of site users and appreciate the value of whole-child development. As a trainer, Jeff’s holistic vision and energetic personality make him a dynamic facilitator who bridges the gap between education and design.